Department of Neurology

Center for Epilepsy

Clinical Services

Welcome to the epilepsy division in the department of neurology at SIU-SOM. We strive to deliver the best evaluation tools and epilepsy/seizure care for the people of central and southern Illinois. 

Epilepsy is a brain disorder affecting more than 2.9 million Americans, leading to significant disability and alteration of the quality of life of the affected individuals and sometimes their families. People with uncontrolled seizures have limited ability to entertain different daily activities including not being able to drive or even hold certain jobs. Therefore, diagnosing and treating this brain condition is our priority.

In our epilepsy program, a multi-specialty team (physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and specialized technical help) is brought together to provide an organized approach to the management of patients with complex problems related to epilepsy. The team members collaborate regularly and work hard to provide the best possible care for our patients.

Our program provides state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. We are dedicated to provide a comprehensive care as leaders in epilepsy care in the region and this includes applying diagnostic tests (EEG, long-term video-EEG, brain MRI and functional MRI, PET scan, WADA tests and invasive cortical recording in addition to brain mapping), counseling and education about the condition, medical treatment of epilepsy, epilepsy surgery work up, surgical treatment and treatment with neuro-stimulation (Vagus nerve stimulation)

In addition, we provide to our patients the opportunity to participate in research studies involving epilepsy drug trials.

Epilepsy Questions/Answers

Questions? E-mail us and we will answer your general questions about epilepsy and its treatment. We will post some of the common questions submitted. Click here for our current list of Questions and Answers. We regret that we are not able to answer specific questions about your particular care.


In conjuction with the Epilepsy Resource Center of Central Illinois, SIU School of Medicine hosts an Annual Epilepsy Education Community Event. The last event took place on July 17th. Click here for an overview of the event.

Treating Epilepsy