The University of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (UPCEC) is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
The UPCEC provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to adults and children with seizures. The center is a joint program combining the resources of the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP). Established in 1986, it provides regional referral and consultative services to Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and beyond. The staff specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with forms of epilepsy that are difficult to diagnose or manage. The center is led by Anto Bagić, MD, PhD, FAES, FACNS. Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, MD, PhD (Adult Program, PUH) and Christina Patterson, MD (Pediatric Program, CHP) serve as co-directors. With the creation of the UPMC Brain Mapping Center, under the direction of Dr. Bagić, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was one of the first facilities in the multistate region to offer whole-head MEG evaluations to patients with intractable epilepsy and other brain disorders. In addition, research conducted at the Epilepsy Center has contributed to the introduction of multiple new antiepileptic drugs over the past decades.
Visit the Epilepsy Division page for more information.