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Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

People with epilepsy can be overwhelmed by the physical and emotional impact of uncontrolled seizures or intolerable side effects from seizure medications.

The specialists of the UC Irvine Health Comprehensive Epilepsy Program understand what you're going through and are dedicated to your care, not just treating your specific symptoms.

A national leader in the diagnosis and delivery of advanced epilepsy care, we have the expertise, tools and technology to improve your quality of life. We have received Level 4 designation — the highest level — from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.

We lead the region in our neurosurgical expertise and minimally invasive treatment approaches. We also are one of the few epilepsy centers in the nation to specialize in the treatment of women with epilepsy, a diagnosis that affects more than 1 million women in the United States 

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Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is Orange County's only academic epilepsy program, which enables us to provide patients with access to the latest treatments in epilepsy, including clinical trials of new medications before they are available elsewhere.

Level 4 epilepsy center

We are designated a Level 4 epilepsy center — the highest level — by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, which mean we are able to diagnose and treat the most complicated forms of epilepsy.

This designation also reflects our state-of-the-science neurodiagnostic monitoring technologies and advanced treatment options, including medical, surgical and neuro-psychological therapies. 

Seizure monitoring unit

We have one of the Southern California region's only specialized brain monitoring units, which allows our epilepsy specialists to track and pinpoint seizures in the deepest recesses of the brain for as many as six patients at a time.

Research that informs patient care

We also work in collaboration with the scientists at the UC Irvine Epilepsy Research Center (EpiCenter), one of the world's premiere epilepsy research facilities. At the research center, our physicians work with scientists on a wide range of basic, translational and clinical research that ultimately benefits our patients.

Personalized care

Our board-certified neurologists, who have additional training in epilepsy, provide each patient with a complete diagnostic work-up, after which they outline the best options for care and treatment.

They are especially skilled at caring for women whose epilepsy can be influenced by monthly menstrual cycles or those who may become pregnant or may be concerned about the effects of medications on a developing fetus.

Our neurologists develop a personalized plan that draws upon the expertise of a highly trained team of specialists and other healthcare professionals, including:

  • Fellowship-trained neurosurgeons
  • Nuclear medicine specialists
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) technologists
  • Nursing specialists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician's assistants

We also hold multidisciplinary conferences on a regular basis to ensure that each patient’s case receives comprehensive, expert medical and surgical review.

Epilepsy is a family of disorders that produce spontaneous, unpredictable seizures. More than three million Americans of all ages have epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

One in 10 adults will have a seizure in their lifetime and many will go on to develop epilepsy. Some can control their seizures with anticonvulsant medications, neuropsychological therapies and diet. Others may benefit from surgical intervention.

At UC Irvine Health, we diagnose and treat all types of epilepsy, including idiopathic (genetic), symptomatic (cause known) and cryptogenic (cause unknown). We have special expertise in helping patients with:

  • Medically refractory epilepsy (drug-resistant epilepsy)
  • Catamenial epilepsy (women with epilepsy)

The key to improving control of a seizure disorder is an accurate diagnosis. Because each case is unique, our skilled physicians interview and examine each patient and perform diagnostic tests to properly identify the type of seizure, locate its origin and determine the underlying cause.

Learn more about our diagnostic testing, treatments and other services ›

The UC Irvine Health Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is a multidisciplinary team of physicians who are dedicated to helping their patients control or eliminate their seizures and, above all, to improve their quality of life.

These experts include epilepsy specialists, neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuroradiologists:

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