To improve the health and well being of Veteran patients with epilepsy and other seizure disorders through the integration of clinical care, research and education.
We function as a center of excellence in research, education and clinical care activities in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. The center started in 2010 and is located at the Seattle Division.
In 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) founded the Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoE), establishing 16 sites that are linked to form four regional centers. The ECoE seeks to provide high quality clinical care to Veterans with epilepsy throughout the U.S. with state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services. We also seek to promote outreach and educational efforts for both patients and their physicians in order to further the understanding of this chronic condition. The ECoE offers a range of clinical services, including outpatient epilepsy clinics with a staff of neurology specialists. From these clinics, patients can be directed to the most advanced testing methods for the evaluation of epilepsy — magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and other neurodiagnostic evaluations.
For those patients requiring intensive testing, the ECoE offers video monitoring inpatient units for examining seizure types more closely in a monitored setting. The ECoE is also linked with VA Polytrauma Centers to increase the ability to follow Veterans with traumatic brain injury, who are at the greatest risk for post-traumatic epilepsy. The ECoE is developing ways to better identify Veterans with epilepsy and referral networks to enable Veterans to obtain specialized treatment such as epilepsy surgery and advanced electrodiagnostic testing within the VA healthcare system.
If you are a Veteran with seizures and are interested in seeking services at one of the Epilepsy Centers, please inquire with your local VA primary care physician. This doctor will be able to determine if you might benefit from the services provided by ECoE and assist you with scheduling an appointment. For more information please the main VA Epilepsy website.
A nationwide training for VA patients and caregivers to improve the health and well-being of Veteran patients with epilepsy and other seizure disorders will be held on June 30, 2011. Please click here to find out more.
All patients are seen by referral through their primary care provider. If you would like more information about the center, please call (206) 277-4292.
(From left to right)
Back row: Matthew Higgs, PhD, Chris Ransom M.D., PhD, Gregg Meekins, M.D. Bill Spain M.D., Lani Meyers, John Flaherty LPN.IVC, GC;
Front row: Debbie Perkins, R.EEGT, Larissa Ronich, EEG Tech, Judy Ozuna, ARNP
"It is our pledge to serve you who served in defense of our nation. We pledge to provide personalized, efficient and thorough health care in a caring and friendly environment. It is our goal to help you maximize your potential for a fulfilling and productive life." - The staff of the Epilepsy Center of Excellence
For more information about where to find other Epilepsy Centers of Excellence, check out this map.
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