Level 4 Adult Epilepsy Center


April 2013

The National Associate of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) has recognized The University of Chicago Medicine Adult Epilepsy Center as a Level 4 Center.

In 1989 the NAEC created and published a set of guidelines for specialized epilepsy centers. The guidelines focused on early and accurate diagnosis and appropriate intervention for patients with epilepsy. This document was the first of its kind, and became a nationally recognized and accepted set of guidelines for practitioners and administrators of specialized epilepsy care. These guidelines addressed the issues of improved quality of life and access to quality care for people with epilepsy.

NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Led by a world-respected authority on epilepsy, The University of Chicago's Adult Epilepsy Center has helped hundreds of people take control of their epilepsy. Many of our patients are viewed as "untreatable" until they come here. They arrive after trying many different medications and therapies with little success. In most cases, our expert team is able to greatly reduce or even eliminate their seizures.

This level of success is possible, in part, because of the advanced diagnostic tools available here. Sophisticated computer-based functional imaging techniques--pioneered at the University of Chicago--provide a detailed 3-D model of epileptic electrical activity inside the brain. This helps our experts identify the source of a patient's seizures and determine the best possible treatment. We are the only medical center in the United States that routinely obtains these diagnostic details non-invasively without having to implant electrodes in the brain.