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
    Pediatric Epilepsy
    Our pediatric epilepsy providers have the advanced training and expertise to care for your child.

    As a designated Level 4 epilepsy center, we provide exceptional pediatric epilepsy care, such as inpatient monitoring to diet counseling. Our pediatric experts have the training and expertise to treat our youngest patients, from infancy to adolescence.

    Get treatment for your child

    Research
    An EEG recording obtained during a clinical trial.

    At UVA, we're committed to advancing both our understanding of the causes and effects of epilepsy and seizure disorders, and to investigating new treatments for these conditions, such as focused ultrasound and gamma knife. Pushing the boundaries of current medicine ensures a better future for our youngest patients.

    Explore our clinical trials

    Refer a Patient
    A nurse discussing the details of a patient referral by phone.

    If your patient is in need of the advanced epilepsy monitoring and care we can provide, our referral specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone and online, to help you get your patient the care they need.

    Refer your epilepsy patient to UVA