Pediatric Epilepsy Center of Excellence

Pediatric Epilepsy Center of Excellence

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Who We Are

The UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center of Excellence specializes in diagnosing and treating infants, children and teens with epilepsy, in particular rare forms of epilepsy and cases that are difficult to treat. Our comprehensive services have earned us a level four rating — the highest possible level — from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.

Our team includes pediatric epileptologists (pediatric neurologists with advanced training in epilepsy care) and other specialists with expertise in epilepsy, including pediatric surgeons, child psychiatrists, dietitians, neuropsychologists, educational liaisons, social workers and dedicated nurses and nurse practitioners.


Conditions We Treat

Our center focuses on rare forms of epilepsy or conditions that do not respond to standard epilepsy treatments. These include:

  • Intractable epilepsy, or epilepsy that is not well controlled by medication
  • Neonatal seizures
  • Infantile spasms
  • Dravet syndrome (SCN1A), PCDH19 epilepsy and related genetic epilepsies
  • Hypothalamic hamartoma and gelastic seizures

Our Services

We offer the most advanced diagnostic testing available, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI, positron emission tomography, neuropsychological testing and magnetoencephalography. For cases that are difficult to diagnose, we may use electrical studies to record and examine brain waves on the scalp (electroencephalography) or on the brain surface (intracranial seizure mapping with grid placement and stereo-electroencephalography).

We strive to arrive at the right diagnosis quickly and tailor treatment strategies to the individual child. Our patients have access to the full range of epilepsy treatments, including medications, dietary management, brain surgery, vagus nerve stimulation, responsive neural stimulation and thermal ablation (Visualase).

  • #1 in the Bay Area FOR PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY & NEUROSURGERY (U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT)
  • Rated Level 4 for comprehensive pediatric epilepsy care (National Association of Epilepsy Centers)

Our Locations

Pediatric Epilepsy Center of Excellence
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Phone: (415) 353-2437
Fax: (415) 353-2400

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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