Epilepsy and Seizure Clinics
Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical abilities. Also called seizure disorder, this condition affects nearly three million Americans and 50 million people worldwide and is the third most common neurological disorder in the U.S.
Despite how common it is and major advances in diagnosis and treatment, epilepsy is among the least understood of major chronic medical conditions. While medications and other treatments help many people, others continue to have seizures that can limit their ability to lead an active and fulfilling life.
The experts at the St. John Providence Health System (SJPHS) Epilepsy and Seizure Clinic are here to help those who live with seizures and their families to fully understand the diagnosis and treatment options. Working together, our goal to help patients manage their epilepsy as effectively as possible and improve their quality of life.
What services are offered at the Epilepsy and Seizure Clinic?
The Epilepsy and Seizure Clinic is a consultative service designed to work in partnership with the patient, the primary care physician and the treating neurologist. At the first visit, the specialists at the SJPHS Seizure and Epilepsy Clinic will review all available previous treatment and diagnostic testing results. They will make recommendations about treatment and, possibly, further testing. Our specialists have experience with both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for epilepsy, as well as specialized experience in the diagnosis and treatment of non-epileptic types of seizures.
As part of the St. John Providence Van Elslander Neuroscience Center of Excellence, we can offer a full spectrum of neurodiagnostic testing and intervention, including:
- Electroencehalogram (EEG)
- Ambulatory EEG
- Evoked potential testing
- A specialized inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) including 24-hour continuous video EEG monitoring
- Resective surgery for Epilepsy with brain mapping
- Vagal Nerve Stimulator Placement
- Continuous ICU EEG Monitoring
Once a new treatment plan has been developed, most patients return to their own primary care physician or neurologist for ongoing care. However, the Epilepsy and Seizure Clinic specialists are an ongoing resource for both the patient and their physician, and may be contacted at any time for follow up.
Who can visit the Epilepsy and Seizure Clinic?
Any adult who experiences generalized or partial seizures or has been diagnosed with epilepsy and is seeking treatment options -- or a second opinion -- may schedule an appointment. This includes newly diagnosed patients as well as patients who have been living with seizures for a length of time.
The Epilepsy and Seizure Clinic Team
Amer Aboukasm, MD, FACP
Fellowship-trained in Epilepsy,
Board-certified in Clinical Neurophysiology,
Program Director of Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, SJPHS
Patricia Strimpel, MD
Fellowship trained in Epilepsy,
Board-eligible in Clinical Neurophysiology,
Medical Director, Continous EEG Monitoring Program, SJPHS