The Epilepsy Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute has again been designated a Level 4 Epilepsy Centeróthe highest levelóby the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). The center, directed by Michael Privitera, MD, a professor in the UC College of Medicineís Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, has held this designation consistently since 2005.
The NAEC is a nonprofit trade association with a membership of more than 170 epilepsy centers. The organization defines Level 4 epilepsy centers as "having the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment of patients with complex epilepsy.Ē The designation of Level 4 or the NAECís other level, Level 3, is made as a result of member centersí responses to a self-designation survey.
"The Level 4 designation is only one indicator of our center's excellence," says David Ficker, MD, an associate professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine and medical director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at UC Medical Center. "From expertise in the outpatient clinic to advanced epilepsy diagnostic testing and surgical treatment, our Epilepsy Center provides outstanding care for patients with epilepsy and seizures. No patient with epilepsy needs to leave the region to get expert care for their seizures.
The UC Neuroscience Institute is one of four institutes of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health. It includes 14 centers and programs.