UC Epilepsy Center Again Designated Level 4

David Ficker, MD, Director of the UC Epilepsy Center’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Contact: Keith Herrell
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The Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute has again been designated a Level 4 Center—the highest level—by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). The center has held this designation every year since 2005. It has functioned as a comprehensive epilepsy center for more than 27 years.

The NAEC is a nonprofit trade association with a membership of more than 170 epilepsy centers. The organization defines Level 4 epilepsy centers as “having the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment of patients with complex epilepsy.” The designation of Level 4 or the NAEC’s other level, Level 3, is made as a result of member centers’ responses to a self-designation survey.

“The Level 4 designation is a strong endorsement but only one indicator of our Center’s excellence,” said David Ficker, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine and the Center’s Associate Medical Director. “From expertise in the outpatient clinic to advanced epilepsy diagnostic testing and surgical treatment, our Epilepsy Center provides outstanding care for patients with epilepsy and seizures. No patient with epilepsy needs to leave the region to get expert care for their seizures.”

The UC Epilepsy Center includes:

  • Greater Cincinnati’s only adult inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU), which offers 24-hour video/EEG monitoring
  • A New-Onset Seizure Clinic, which provides rapid consultation to patients who have experienced a recent seizure or seizure-like episode
  • A specialized clinic for U.S. veterans with epilepsy
  • 8 epileptologists, a neurosurgeon trained in epilepsy surgery, a nurse practitioner and 10 EEG technicians

The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute is one of four institutes of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health. The Institute includes 14 centers and programs. Michael Privitera, MD,  a professor in the UC College of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, is the director of the Cincinnati Epilepsy Center.

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