A Northwestern Medicine physician examining a brain scan to diagnose epilepsy.

Specialized Care for Epilepsy

The Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is devoted to caring for patients living with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. The center is made up of a multidisciplinary team which includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, as well as specialized nurses and EEG technicians who all are committed to providing excellent care for patients with seizures.

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center offers two hospitals designated by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. We work together to determine how to best treat your seizures in a way that minimizes significant side effects and maximizes your quality of life.

We believe that being seen at an Epilepsy and Seizure center makes a world of difference.* This applies both to patients who just had a first seizure and for patients who have suffered for many years. We make sure our patients receive the correct diagnosis and understand the cause of the seizures before choosing the right treatment approach.

Epilepsy and seizure disorders have implications for many areas of life. Our team offers a comprehensive approach which looks at all the challenges which accompany epilepsy and other seizure disorders, including social support, cognitive and emotional concerns, bone and cardiac health, as well as dietary options.

Our center has specialists with a particular interest in treating patients with autoimmune or genetic seizure disorders and patients interested in surgery or device treatment. We also address the specific challenges of women of childbearing age facing contraceptive and pregnancy choices. We collaborate closely with the Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute* to optimize seizure management.

The Center is staffed with a multidisciplinary team that includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, and specialized nurses and EEG technicians. We see our patients by referral to allow continuation of care with the local neurologist and primary physicians. Services available include:

  • Second opinions regarding your seizure or epilepsy diagnosis
  • Comprehensive epilepsy care
  • Inpatient epilepsy monitoring
  • Stereo EEG evaluation
  • Epilepsy surgery, including minimally invasive resections and brain stimulation
  • Epilepsy treatment tailored to women
  • Clinical research trials

We also offer the only Women's Epilepsy Program in Illinois.


Meet the Teams

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The Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is made up of a multidisciplinary team of epilepsy and seizure disorder specialists who are all committed to providing excellent care for patients with seizures.



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Top 10 in Neurology & Neurosurgery (8th)

National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC)

Northwestern Medicine is the only health system in Illinois with two (adult) hospitals designated by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).


NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center
Northwestern Memorial Hospital


NAEC Level 3 Epilepsy Center
Central DuPage Hospital

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