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Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

NAEC Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at The Queen’s Medical Center Neuroscience Institute is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

A Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center designation means that patients in Hawaii do not have to travel to the mainland for advanced care for epilepsy and seizure disorders. We are able to provide all the services that patients may need for the treatment of even the most complex epilepsy cases.

As the only epilepsy center in Hawaii with this distinction, our epilepsy specialists are able to diagnose and treat the most severe forms of epilepsy with a wide variety of treatment options, such as:

  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Implanted devices
  • Dietary treatments
  • Investigational treatments

Our Services

Queen’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center’s team of epilepsy specialists are board-certified in both epilepsy and general neurology, and are ready to provide the widest spectrum of available diagnostic and treatment options, including:

Testing

  • High-quality EEG studies
  • Inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit evaluation
  • High-resolution brain imaging for epilepsy
  • Memory (neuropsychological) testing
  • Other advanced imaging modalities

Treatment

  • Medications
  • Epilepsy surgery evaluation
  • Responsive neurostimulation (NeuroPace)
  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
  • Dietary treatments for epilepsy

Well-Being

  • Counseling about pregnancy and epilepsy
  • Specialized pediatric, adolescent and elderly care
  • Focus on psychological well-being

Our goal is to help you achieve the best quality of life, seizure freedom and no side effects from medication.


You Can Manage Your Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes recurrent seizures and is associated with other health problems. It is estimated that 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.

Knowing the following can help you manage your epilepsy:

  • How to track your seizures
  • How to take your medication correctly
  • Benefits and potential side effects of medications and treatment
  • Your seizure response and action plan
  • Seizure precautions for reducing the risk of injury and death
  • Measures to cope with the many impacts of epilepsy

Talk with your doctor about:

  • What type of epilepsy or seizures you have
  • Seizure First-Aid
  • How to take your medicine
  • Side effects or interactions of your medicines
  • Other treatment options
  • Feeling sad, depressed, or uninterested in being social
  • Starting a family
  • Concerns about related medical problems

Should You Seek Evaluation at a Certified Epilepsy Center?

You should seek evaluation at a certified epilepsy center if:

  • You have tried two or more medications and are still having seizures
  • You or your doctors are unsure of the diagnosis
  • You would like further information on the most up-to-date treatment options
  • You continue to take an older seizure medication that has long-term side effects

Multidisciplinary Epilepsy Team

Our specialty trained team works closely with neuropsychologists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and dietitians to provide the full spectrum of epilepsy care. For more advanced medical needs, our Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center team has access to the full clinical services of an entire system of care at The Queen’s Health Systems.

Meet Our Epilepsy Team

  • Victoria Wong, MD, Medical Director, Epilepsy
  • Alan Stein, MD, Epileptologist
  • Lisa Kelleher, APRN, FNP-BC

For More Information About Epilepsy Care

To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment with the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, please call Queen’s Neuroscience Institute Outpatient Center at 808-691-8866.