Epilepsy

Approximately 1 in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime, which is why UF Health is proud to offer you exemplary and patient-centric adult care for this condition that impacts the nervous system. Our larger vision is to lead the state of Florida in providing top-tier comprehensive epilepsy care backed by the best technology.

epilepsy faculty

Why Choose UF Health?

There are many reasons to trust UF Health to treat your epilepsy. The UF Health Shands Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is proudly acknowledged by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 program, the highest distinction that recognizes specialized epilepsy centers that provide the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment. Level 4 centers also offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes and a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy. NAEC logo

Our adult epilepsy team has earned this reputation through a multidisciplinary team of expert physicians and health care providers that deliver innovative care to you or a loved one suffering from epilepsy. While UF offers you the traditional methods of treating epilepsy that involve antiseizure drugs and brain surgery, you also have access to advanced forms of epilepsy treatment that are hard to find elsewhere. However, as much as our epilepsy program prides itself in innovative care, the same devotion has been placed in delivering care that is both compassionate and patient-centered. The program shows this blend of heart and expertise every day, and the story below is a great example.

Brooklynn Nelson and Dr. Giridhar Kalamangalam

We Change Lives

From the age of 4, Brooklynn Nelson spent several years suffering from a type of epilepsy for which medication is not completely effective. After being brought into the UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) by Giridhar Kalamangalam, MD, DPhil, in March of 2018, she endured 16 seizures in one 24-hour span to get to the bottom of her seizures.

Read here to see how the epilepsy division chief and his team at UF Health were the last stop in Brooklynn’s long journey to a normal teenager’s life.

Adult and Pediatric Epilepsy Team

 
 

Additional Information

Important Patient Information: Some insurances require a referral from the person's primary care physician to be seen for this condition. Referrals help us provide the most coordinated care with a patient's overall care team. Please check with your insurance provider as to whether or not you will need a referral from your primary care physician to UF Health.