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Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

The MUSC Health Comprehensive Epilepsy Center offers advanced diagnostics, multidisciplinary planning and a full spectrum of medical and surgical therapies. Our team of clinicians and researchers are all working together in leading-edge facilities designed specifically for the needs of the epilepsy patient.

Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, has been designated a Level 4 Epilepsy Center which is the highest designation given by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. This NAEC accreditation recognizes extensive expertise and truly comprehensive care in the medical, surgical, social and psychological management of epilepsy.

The overall treatment goal is to eliminate epilepsy in each patient’s life, often removing a barrier that has compromised every aspect of living for years. Dedicated epilepsy nursing and social work help ensure excellent case management and compliance, as well as a smooth transition to life-after-epilepsy.

In-patient services:

MUSC Health's eight-bed epilepsy inpatient unit offers the latest digital monitoring and video capabilities to quickly and efficiently develop a definitive diagnosis for patients who do not respond to first-line therapies. Seizure activity is captured and evaluated in a fraction of the time required in non-dedicated environments.

Out-patient Services:

Patients are evaluated and provided a continuum of care by our multi-disciplinary team through our out-patient facilities in the Rutledge Tower in downtown Charleston, in Mount Pleasant, and in West Ashley, SC.

New Onset Clinic:

The New Onset Seizure clinic at MUSC Health targets prompt diagnosis of seizures.  Early diagnosis is essential because it enables the correct treatments.  Learn more about the New Onset clinic.

Neurophysiology Lab:

The Neurophysiology Lab at the Medical University of South Carolina offers patients comprehensive diagnostic testing in a comfortable atmosphere for both in-patient and out-patient services. Using the latest technology, medical professionals in the Neurophysiology Lab work with patients and their physicians to assist in the diagnosis of a wide variety of neurological conditions. MUSC Health is currently the only medical center in the United States with the complete combination of accredited labs in EEG, Intraoperative Monitoring, and Intracranial and Extracranial vascular imaging, in conjunction with a level IV epilepsy center.

 

Our Team

The MUSC Health Comprehensive Epilepsy Center brings together medical and surgical specialists who have devoted their careers to the management of epilepsy.  Patient care is supported by a wide variety of specialists from the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, neurophysiology, nursing, radiology, psychiatry, speech and language pathology, social work and research.

Program Director:
Jonathan C. Edwards, M.D.

Neurology:
Leonardo Bonilha, M.D., Ph.D.
Jonathan J. Halford, M.D.
Samir R. Karia, MBBS
Ekrem Kutluay, M.D.  
Barbara McManus, M.D.   
Paul B. Pritchard, III, M.D.
David J. Walsh, M.D.
Braxton B. Wannamaker, M.D.
Gigi Smith, Ph.D., APRN, CPNP-PC
Julie DesMarteau, RD, MPAS, PA-C
Elizabeth Koontz, NP-C

Neurosurgery:
William A. Vandergrift III, M.D.
Jennifer Marshall, PA-C

Neurophysiology Lab
Adam Kornegay, MBA, REPT, CNIM - Neurophysiology Lab Director

NeuroImaging:
Donna Roberts, M.D.

Psychiatry:
Christine Pelic, M.D.
 
Neuropsychology:
Mark T. Wagner, Ph.D.
 
Pediatric Psychology:
Mary Kral, Ph.D.
 
Speech Language Pathology:
Kikki Thayer, MS, CCC-SLP

Social Work:
Patricia Roberts, MSW

Research Faculty:
Ambesaw W. Selassie, MPH, DrPh
Kenton Holden, M.D.
Janelle Wagner, Ph.D.

Nursing:
Kelly Kornegay, RN
Debi Campbell, RN
June Huffman, RN
Paula Kersey, RN
Kris Smith, RN
Amy Shore, RN

Epilepsy Patient Coordinator:
Charity Hollar

 

Research

Cutting-edge work includes grant-funded studies, collaborative partnerships and industry-sponsored clinical trials, all aimed at finding causes and cures. From a triple-phase assessment process with leading-edge technology to breakthrough medical and surgical treatments, the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is poised to deliver improved outcomes for patients, physicians and families experiencing epilepsy.

Epilepsy specific research currently in progress includes:

 

Epilepsy Resources

View our Patient Resources page to find epilepsy information dealing with topics from how to deal with chronic headaches to first aid for seizures.