Our Center

  

Message From the Director

Welcome to the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center!

Our mission is to care for people with epilepsy and improve their quality of life.  Our focus is on each child or adult who comes to the center, and their families and loved ones, but our goals extend to research and beyond.  We are fortunate to have a remarkable group of physicians, nurses, technologists, scientists, and others who make our center unique among outstanding epilepsy programs.

Excellence in patient care is our core mission.  Epilepsy is a complex disorder.  For many, the effects of stigma as well as other social, work, and educational issues and medication problems equal or exceed the impact of seizures. To care for a child, adolescent or adult with epilepsy requires a comprehensive perspective that extends far beyond the ‘symptoms'. Through a deeply connected collaborative team of doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical nurses, neuropsychologists, EEG technologists and others, we remain intensely dedicated to providing the best care for each person.  Challenging cases often benefit from conferences that bring more than 20 members of team together to brainstorm and explore alternative therapeutic strategies.

Research remains an enormous priority and we concentrate our efforts on projects that we hope will impact the lives of patients in the not-too-distant future.  Teams of researchers are working on diverse projects, including new drug development, a device to deliver drugs to the brain, neuroinflammation as a cause of an opportunity to treat epilepsy, tuberous sclerosis and epilepsy, autism and epilepsy, and many others.

FACES - Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures -  is a non-profit organization, part of our epilepsy center - that is dedicated to improving the quality of lives for people with epilepsy through research, clinical programs, education, awareness, and community building events.

We welcome you to our website and hope it provides valuable information about our center, our people and our passion.

Orrin Devinsky, MD                                                             

Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

Director, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center