A healthcare provider consulting with an epilepsy patient.

Epilepsy Care

Experiencing a seizure is a disorienting and alarming experience. If you've had two or more seizures, you may have epilepsy, which is a group of related seizure disorders caused by unusual electrical activity in the brain. Not all seizures are caused by epilepsy, and not all seizures are caused by abnormal electrical brain activity. However, one of the main features of epilepsy is a tendency to have recurring seizures.

Our internationally recognized F. E. Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program offers the most advanced resources available to help you minimize the number of seizures you have.

Nationally Accredited for Complex Epilepsy

The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has accredited our program as a level 4 epilepsy center. This means we offer the expertise and facilities necessary to provide the highest level of care for patients with complex epilepsy.

    Types of Epilepsy

    • Benign rolandic epilepsy
    • Childhood absence epilepsy
    • Chronic epilepsy
    • Developmental malformations
    • Frontal lobe epilepsy
    • Genetic epilepsies
    • Hypothalamic hamartomas
    • Infantile spasms
    • Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy
    • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

    Why Choose UVA?

    Nathan Fountain, MD, explains why he treats epilepsy at UVA. View Epilepsy Clinic transcript.

    Epilepsy Care from Evaluation to Diet to Therapy

    Our program includes: 

    • Evaluation 
    • Video-EEG monitoring 
    • Neuropsychological evaluation and consultation
    • Psychological evaluation and social services
    • Rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy
    • Ketogenic diet and nutritional guidance
    • Medication management
    • Surgical evaluation

    Visitor Guidelines

    Clinics & COVID-19 Patients: No Visitors 

    For adult clinic appointments or those in the hospital with COVID-19:

    • No one can come with you into clinic buildings
    • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions 

    In Hospital, ED, & Procedures: 1 Visitor

    For adults in the hospital, emergency department, or having medical procedures:

    • Only 1 visitor allowed at a time
    • Two visitors can be designated
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions

    Virtual Options: Connect From a Distance

    When you can't visit in person, you can still:

    Visitor Guidelines

    Clinics & COVID-19 Patients: No Visitors 

    For adult clinic appointments or those in the hospital with COVID-19:

    • No one can come with you into clinic buildings
    • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions 

    In Hospital, ED, & Procedures: 1 Visitor

    For adults in the hospital, emergency department, or having medical procedures:

    • Only 1 visitor allowed at a time
    • Two visitors can be designated
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions

    Virtual Options: Connect From a Distance

    When you can't visit in person, you can still: