USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Committed to Excellence

Mission Statement

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 50 million people worldwide according to the World Health Organization.

Early beliefs about epilepsy include seizures being the work of demons, spirits and angry gods. Despite it's existence being known for centuries and advances in modern medicine, epilepsy unfortunately continues to be misunderstood. This lack of understanding leads to discrimination and social stigmas which, in addition to an increased risk of injury and economic instability, create significant burdens on those with epilepsy.

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. As a Level 4 epilepsy specialist center, our program provides the highest level of medical and surgical expertise in epilepsy care. Providing world class epilepsy care across the cultural and socieconomic spectrum of Los Angeles and beyond, in 2011 our program received a Productivity and Quality Special Merit Award from the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. As our program continues to grow and is arguably the busiest surgical program in the nation, our team remains commited to providing quality, equitable health care. To view program activities of 2012, please see our Annual Report in Resources.


In addition to providing exceptional medical care our program strives toward improving knowledge and finding a cure for epilepsy, as such, education and research are key components of our epilepsy 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, this comprehensive report provides recommendations which are aimed at improving the lives of people with epilepsy. Our team is very honored to have had Dr. Christianne Heck serve as an IOM comittee board member. Please follow the links on our Resources page for more information.

FDA approves new device for the treamtment of epilepsy

As an epilepsy center involved in the RNS trial, we are pleased to announce this device has been approved for use in the treatment of epilepsy. We look forward to providing this new and innovative neurostimulator to our patients. For more information please visit Neuropace, the manufacturers of the RNS device.


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