Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders
UI Health’s expert care teams are committed to advancing treatments and diagnoses for a variety of neurological conditions, including seizures. Patients who have two or more seizures may be diagnosed with epilepsy. UI Health’s skilled epileptologists and specialized neurosurgeons are here to care for you.
Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
The Epilepsy Program at UI Health is a team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, and nurses highly specialized in the management of epilepsy.
Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disease, affecting as many as one in 26 people in their lifetime. It is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Many people with epilepsy may have more than one type of seizure, and the specific diagnosis of the epilepsy type depends on type of seizure experienced, age of onset of seizures, genetic history, and possible presence of brain lesions. Seizures are classified by where they begin in the brain. The two types of seizures are referred to as generalized and localized.
Accredited Level 4 Epilepsy Center
UI Health is accredited as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers for expertise in evaluating, monitoring, and treating patients with complex epilepsy.
Women with Epilepsy
Our program also offers a dedicated clinic for women with epilepsy, led by Dr. Anna Serafini. Epilepsy in women brings many issues that need to be addressed and discussed: Epilepsy and seizure drugs may affect birth control, hormone levels, and the female reproductive cycle, and seizures and medications also can have an effect on pregnancy. Dr. Serafini works closely with patients’ primary care physicians and OB/GYNs to provide comprehensive care for all women with epilepsy.
Experts in Diagnosis, Treatment & Monitoring
Our Epilepsy Team works together to provide individualized treatment and management plans for every patient.
Diagnosis: Our team of experts works and collaborates to provide timely diagnosis for every patient.
Treatment: At UI Health we offer various treatments from medication and surgery to lifestyle changes. Our goal is to provide our patients with treatment options that best fit their individual needs and result in the best outcomes possible.
Monitoring: State-of-the-art technology allows our team of epilepsy specialists to monitor a patient’s brain activity and body movements to provide the best diagnosis and treatment plan.
Our multidisciplinary team includes epileptologists — neurologists who specialize in treating epilepsy and seizure disorders, functional neurosurgeons, clinical nurses, neuropsychologists, and electroencephalogram (EEG) technologists, all committed to providing excellent care for patients with seizures. Our team is committed to developing a comprehensive treatment plan that manages patients’ symptoms and improves their quality of life.
OUR EPILEPSY SPECIALISTS
Francesco Pucci, MD
Saba Ahmad, MD
Jared Davis, MD
Neurology and Neurosurgery
Kyle Jennette, PhD
Neil Pliskin, PhD
Konstantin Slavin, MD
Meet the Director
The UI Health Epilepsy Center offers extensive services to help patients diagnose, treat and monitor seizures and seizure disorders like epilepsy. This includes:
- Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Inpatient EEG
- Outpatient EEG
- Functional MRI
- Neuropsychological testing
- Vagus-nerve implantation surgery
- Deep Brain Stimulation
- Nutritional Counseling
- Robotic Surgery
- Epilepsy Surgery
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, please call 312.355.0510.
To request admission to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, please call 312.996.3865.
To transfer a patient to UI Health, please call 855.455.IPAL (4725).
UI Health Epilepsy
Outpatient Care Center, Suite 4E
1801 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612