Healthcare Services and Programs
Our program provides a multidisciplinary approach to find the best treatment for you.
With OhioHealth's Epilepsy Program we offer comprehensive neuroscience care with unparalleled physician expertise for the diagnosis and treatment of epileptic seizures.
Our state-of-the-art approach includes a full diagnostic spectrum in our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit by dedicated epileptologists, who provide expert consultation and evaluation of seizures with specialized testing.
The Multidisciplinary Approach that Sets OhioHealth Apart
Our epileptologists work collaboratively with neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuropsychologists in finding the best treatment for you, including medications, brain surgery and vagus nerve stimulation.
We work closely with your neurologist to help manage and monitor your seizures with medications.
If epileptic brain surgery becomes a treatment option, our epileptologists collaborate with OhioHealth neurosurgeons to determine if it is feasible and safe. This includes non-invasive and/or invasive electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring and evaluation and cortical stimulation and mapping for localization.
Post-surgery, we collaborate with referring neurologists to discuss next steps in the patient's care and provide continued management, if needed.
If vagus nerve stimulation becomes a treatment option, once the device has been implanted, we work closely with your neurologist to monitor your response and manage the levels of stimulation.
Pregnancy: Our epileptologists co-follow epilepsy patients who are pregnant or want to become pregnant with the program's maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Our program provides:
- patient consultations with maternal-fetal medicine and epilepsy specialists
- coordinated care with obstetrics
- management of seizure medications in this high-risk condition
Psychology and Psychiatry Services : We consult with OhioHealth neuropsychologists and psychiatrists who provide diagnostic testing for the evaluation and treatment of intractable seizures. We also partner with the OhioHealth Behavioral Health team in instances where there's a need to treat depression and other psychiatric conditions.
OhioHealth Epilepsy Program Specialists
Our epileptologists are focused on patient care, committed to working closely with you and your neurologist to find a successful treatment that will prevent your seizures and improve your quality of life.
Emily T. Klatte, MD
Board-certified neurologist, neurophysiologist and epileptologist
System Medical Chief, Epilepsy Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Bryan K. Berger, MD, MHA, ABPN
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Jason R. Bisping, MD, ABPN
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Denise Cambier, MD
Board-certified neurologist and neurophysiologist
A Specialized Inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in the OhioHealth Neuroscience Center at Riverside Methodist Hospital is a specialized hospital setting designed to monitor brain activity and determine cause of recurrent unprovoked seizures.
In this specialized inpatient unit, we provide testing that will help your doctor decide:
- If the spells you are having are seizures
- How to best adjust your anti-epileptic medication regimen
- If you are having more seizures than you realize
- If you qualify for specialized surgical procedures designed to cure epilepsy altogether
- If you do have seizures, the EEG testing can help determine the type of seizures you are having and the best treatment for you. You should plan to spend three to five days in the EMU. Your physician will determine how long your stay will be.
Download this PDF brochure for detailed information about a stay at the OhioHealth Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. It includes information about:
- Before arriving at the hospital
- Once at the hospital
- While you are in the EMU
- What to bring checklist
- EMU visiting hours
For more information, please talk to your physician or call the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at (614) 788.6656 with your questions.
Know the Facts: Five Myths about Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder in which the main symptom is recurrent, unprovoked seizures. This symptom is commonly known about epilepsy; however, other information about epilepsy is often misunderstood.
Myth: Epilepsy is rare and can be cured.
Reality: Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder after stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 2.7 million Americans are estimated to have epilepsy. Epilepsy can be controlled with medication; however, there is usually no cure for the disease.
Myth: Epilepsy is a mental health problem.
Reality: Epilepsy is primarily a neurological problem characterized by abnormal firing of the brain cells; however, it is not uncommon for people with epilepsy to have depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.
Myth: People with epilepsy are physically limited.
Reality: In most cases, epilepsy isn’t a barrier to physical achievement, including playing sports. People with epilepsy have the same range of abilities as everyone else.
Myth: Women with seizures cannot get pregnant.
Reality: Many women with epilepsy are able to become pregnant and have healthy babies. All seizure medications have some risk of birth defects, but this risk is low with many medications.
Myth: You can always see when someone is having a seizure.
Reality: Not all seizures consist of visible convulsions. People may have staring spells, twitching of muscles or even personality changes. Sometimes people are unresponsive without any other visible signs.
We Are a Level 4 Epilepsy Center
OhioHealth Epilepsy program is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
We consult with OhioHealth neuropsychologists who provide diagnostic testing for the evaluation and treatment of intractable seizures. Learn about OhioHealth Neuropsychology.
Epileptic Treatment Information For Physicians
You may want to consider referring your patient for the following reasons:
- Patient is having frequent seizures.
- Patient does not respond to seizure medications.
- Patient experiences spells of memory loss.
And also if you want to:
- Determine if the patient is a surgery candidate.
- Classify the seizure type.
- Determine if seizures are epileptic or non-epileptic.
- Capture the frequency, type and nature of the seizures.
Please use this form (PDF) to refer a patient.