GW Hospital Recognized As A NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center

Washington (April 9, 2014) — The George Washington University Hospital Epilepsy Center has been recognized as a “Level 4 Epilepsy Center” by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 is the highest designation awarded by the NAEC.

“We are extremely proud of our distinction as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center,” says Mohamad Koubeissi, MD, FAAN, FANA, Director of the Epilepsy Center, and Associate Professor of Neurology at The George Washington University Hospital. “This outstanding achievement is a testament to GW Hospital’s dedicated team of epilepsy physicians -- Samuel Potolicchio, MD, Uma Menon, MD, Donald Shields, MD and Anthony Caputy, MD.

Level 4 Epilepsy Centers provide the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment. They also offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes, and provide a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.

At GW Hospital, the specialists understand that epilepsy treatments should also be personalized. To accurately and effectively make a diagnosis, the GW Epilepsy Center provides inpatient and outpatient facilities equipped with imaging and electroencephalogram (EEG) technologies to map out the locations of abnormal brain activity. The center also offers 24-hour video-EEG monitoring of seizures, so patients can quickly receive a diagnosis and begin treatment.

In addition to epilepsy, GW Hospital’s Neurosciences Institute also offers specialized centers for Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. Physicians are pioneering the use of technologically advanced approaches for diagnosis and treatment, including surgical interventions and the latest generation of medication therapies. GW Hospital offers Deep Brain Stimulation for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s as well as for Epilepsy. Deep Brain Stimulation is based on the premise that electronic stimulation of particular regions of the brain can improve the major symptoms of some movement disorders and may help reduce the amount of medication needed to manage symptoms more effectively.

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