WVU Epilepsy Center re-designated as level 4 center

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Medicine’s Epilepsy Center has been re-designated as a level 4 center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

The re-designation certifies that WVU Medicine provides an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with epilepsy, with the team’s primary goal of achieving complete control or at least a reduction in the frequency of seizures and/or medical side effects in patients with intractable epilepsy.

According to the NAEC, a level 4 center provides complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring and extensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatment. Level 4 centers also offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy and surgery, including intracranial electrodes, and provide a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.

“We are very proud of all the people who have worked so hard to provide our patients with the best epilepsy care in the state,” Tracy Weimer, M.D., Center medical director, said.

WVU’s Epilepsy Center, active since 2002, helps adult and pediatric patients throughout the region. Neurologists work with specialists from neurosurgery, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, and psychiatry to identify the part of the brain that is causing the epileptic seizures.

The Center’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, which opened Sept. 9, 2002, has served more than 8,000 patients with intractable epilepsy and other neurological disorders.