Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Epilepsy affects 50-60 million individuals worldwide; 2-3 million of them reside in the United States. The majority are seizure free, leading normal lives, but a third live with recurrent, often disabling seizures, rendering them at risk of significant morbidity and mortality. There may be many reasons for incurability, and accurate diagnosis as well as access to modern medical and surgical treatment options are essential to ensure seizure freedom. At the Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, patients have access to some of the best expertise available anywhere in the world, with cutting-edge technologies to support the clinical mission. Its highly experienced clinicians are leaders in the field.

The Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is a collaboration between McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Texas Medical Center, with a state of the art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. It is designated a Level 4 program, the highest such designation, by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Inpatient clinical care is provided at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The Program’s multi-disciplinary team of highly trained epileptologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists and engineers ensure the highest quality care for our patients. The epilepsy surgery program is one of the busiest in the country, with a high volume of national and international referrals. Investigational tools include high resolution MRI, magnetoencephalography (MEG), PET and SPECT imaging, and stereotactic electroencephalography (SEEG). The latest technologies in minimally invasive surgeries are available, including laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) and deep brain stimulation (RNS), performed by some of the most experienced neurosurgeons in the world in epilepsy surgery.