Duke’s epilepsy program is a designated Center of Excellence and part of Duke’s nationally ranked neurology program. Our experienced epilepsy specialists offer a comprehensive epilepsy evaluation, a wide range of treatment options, and perform complex surgeries. We strive to make a seizure-free life an attainable goal for you.

Experienced epilepsy specialists

We understand that having a wide range of treatment options for epilepsy is important, because 30 to 40 percent of people with epilepsy do not respond well to medications and other therapies. Our experienced epilepsy specialists include neurologists with extensive training and decades of experience managing people with epilepsy, as well as a neurosurgeon specializing in procedures to treat people with epilepsy who don't have success with medication alone. Our expert evaluation and range of treatment choices help maximize your quality of life, while making a seizure-free life a realistic goal.

Choose epilepsy care at Duke because we offer:

  • Reputation for excellence. We are a Level 4 Center of Excellence - the highest level of accreditation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Our neurologic disorders programs are also consistently ranked among the top programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Team approach. Our experienced epilepsy specialists includes adult and pediatric epileptologists (neurologists with specialized training in epilepsy), a research epileptologist, general neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, and specially trained nurses and technologists.
  • Technology designed for safety. Our epilepsy and neuro-intensive care units have an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine and video recording capabilities in every room. This allows for monitoring of the electrical activity in the brain. In addition, there is an MRI scan in the operating room to assist with the most challenging surgeries. Having this equipment accessible ensures you receive the safest care possible.
  • Groundbreaking clinical trials. You may be eligible to participate in ongoing clinical trials for anti-epileptic drugs and medical devices, including efforts to improve the effectiveness of the vagus nerve stimulator and the use of the remote neurostimulator system. These devices are implanted to help improve seizure control. Our research also focuses on topics such as the genes that may be associated with epilepsy, and the use of EEG and new MRI techniques to monitor and evaluate seizures. By participating in clinical trials, you may have access to experimental therapies before they are available elsewhere.



Our experienced specialists perform a comprehensive epilepsy evaluation to determine if surgery is right for you. It may occur in two phases:

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