Pediatric Epilepsy Center
Who We Are
The Pediatric Epilepsy Center is one of the largest and most comprehensive specialized centers for the care of children with epilepsy and seizure disorders in the United States. The staff of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center, consisting of physicians, nurses, psychologists, dieticians, and technicians, are dedicated to providing the best possible care for all children with epilepsy in a compassionate environment that is sensitive to the special needs of infants, children, and adolescents with epilepsy and their families.
About our Medical Center and Facilities
St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH), located in the Central West End area of St. Louis, overlooking Forest Park, the St. Louis Zoo, and the St. Louis Science Museum, is consistently ranked as one of the best Children’s Hospitals in the nation. The Metro-Link provides a 20 minute direct ride from inside Lambert International Airport directly to the Washington University Medical Center and SLCH. Outpatient epilepsy clinics and the EEG lab at SLCH operate everyday of the regular work week. The inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, located on the 12th Floor of SLCH, has modern digital EEG and digital video epilepsy monitoring systems with a dedicated staff of pediatric neurologists, nurses, and technologists. While undergoing EEG-video monitoring patients and their families may also receive the services of neuropsychologists, play therapists, and physical and occupational therapists. EEG-video monitoring is also performed in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for selected patients, including those with intracranial electrodes. The EEG Laboratory performs over 2000 pediatric EEGs per year, and is located adjacent to the Epilepsy Clinics, allowing many patients the ability to combine EEG appointments with clinic appointments with ease.
The physician staff of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center are full-time faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine, consistently ranked as one of the top 5 medical schools in the United States. Currently WUSM is ranked #1 in the USA in medical student selectivity. The Department of Neurology, with approximately 80 full-time faculty, is currently ranked #1 in the USA in terms of National Institute of Health research grant dollars. The Pediatric Epilepsy Center benefits from major basic research programs in the mechanisms of nerve cell damage associated with seizures, anti-epileptic drug development, brain imaging, brain developmental disorders, genetics, and health services research.
Barnes-Jewish Hospial, also ranked as one of the nation’s top hospitals, is adjacent to St. Louis Children’s Hospital in the Washington University Medical Center. The Adult Epilepsy Center at Washington University is based at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.