Our mission is to maintain an Epilepsy Center of Excellence providing accessible, customized, multi-disciplinary care using the most innovative therapies and research protocols in the quest to cure epilepsy; overcoming financial, socioeconomic, and cultural barriers throughout the life cycle of each individual patient.
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder causing recurrent seizures which is estimated to affect an estimated 50 million people worldwide. (WHO)
Early beliefs about epilepsy include seizures being the work of demons, spirits and angry gods. Despite it's existence for centuries and advances in modern medicine, epilepsy, unfortunately continues to be misunderstood. A lack of understanding has led to discrimination and social stigmas being attached to the disorder, along with an increased risk of injury and economic instability, epilepsy significantly affects a person’s life.
Epilepsy is recognized as a global public health concern.
Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program combines the efforts of the Keck Medical Center of USC, Los Angeles County Medical Center +USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Together we work in unison towards improving the lives of those with epilepsy.
In addition to providing exceptional medical care, education and research are major components of our program.
In March 2012 the Intistute of Medicine (IOM) presented a report to the Senate titled "Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding" Composed by professionals and organizations who work in this speciality, the report addresses all aspects of the disorder and makes recommendations aimed at improving the lives of those with epilepsy.
Our team is honored to have had Dr Christianne Heck serve as a comittee board member on the IOM report on epilepsy. For more information about the report please follow the links on our resources page.