April 12, 2012

Epilepsy Program lands key quality designation

Epilepsy Program lands key quality designation

The Vanderbilt Epilepsy Program has again been recognized as a Level 4 center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). The program has received the designation since it was implemented in 2005.

According to NAEC, Level 4 centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Vanderbilt’s Epilepsy Program includes adult and pediatric epilepsy clinics, adult and pediatric EEG laboratories, an eight-bed adult monitoring unit and a four-bed pediatric monitoring unit, making it the largest in Tennessee.

The program is active with pre-surgical evaluation and epilepsy surgery for children and adults and is also involved with both basic science and clinical investigations, including drug trials, genetics and fMRI imaging.

“Our greatest strength is our teamwork, with neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, EEG technologists, radiologists and nursing staff working together to provide excellent care,” said Bassel Abou-Khalil, M.D., professor of Neurology.

Vanderbilt and LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center are the only epilepsy centers in Tennessee with NAEC recognition.