Programs and research

Level 4 Epilepsy Center

At UW Health Kids, we use a team-based approach and focus on both your child's emotional and physical health. Our pediatric epilepsy team helps children live active, healthy, happy lives.

Our adult and pediatric epilepsy services earned the highest rating from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). As a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, we provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and care for you.

Our services include:

  • Evaluation for epilepsy surgery

  • Medical treatment

  • Neurodiagnostic monitoring

  • Neuropsychological treatment

  • Psychosocial treatment

The NAEC recommends treatment at a Level 4 epilepsy center when:

  • Your seizures are not under control after three months of care from a primary care doctor

  • Your seizures are not under control after 12 months of care with a general neurologist

Advancing epilepsy care through research

Our epilepsy doctors and scientists work to improve epilepsy care for you. We study the causes of epilepsy and test new treatments. Learn more

Meet our team

An expert team by your side

The UW Health Kids pediatric epilepsy team includes experts in epilepsy, neurology, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery and nutrition.

Pediatric neurology
Pediatric neuropsychology
Pediatric neurosurgery

Conditions and treatments

Assessing seizures to find the best treatments

UW Health Kids experts diagnose and treat children and teens with seizures and epilepsy.

A seizure is an "electrical storm" in the brain, and epilepsy is a condition where children continue to have seizures. Not every seizure is a sign of epilepsy. Some seizures are due to a passing cause, such as a fever or low blood sugar, and some seizures have no obvious cause.

There are many causes of epilepsy. These include brain injuries, brain tumors, changes in the body’s instructions for making the brain (genetic changes), infections and autoimmune conditions. If you child has a seizure, they might have tests to determine if they have epilepsy. If your child is diagnosed with epilepsy, their doctor usually will prescribe anti-seizure medicine.

A range of care options

Many children diagnosed with epilepsy outgrow their condition. Others need treatment. Epilepsy treatments include:

  • Anti-seizure medicines

  • Medicine trials, to find the right medicine or the right combination of medicines

If your child does not respond to anti-seizure medicines, there are other treatment options, including:

  • Epilepsy monitoring unit to evaluate your child’s seizures

  • Ketogenic diet

  • Vagus nerve stimulation

If surgery is recommended, your child will have extensive testing first. This can include:

  • Comprehensive epilepsy surgery pre-evaluation

  • Intracranial EEG

  • ROSA (robotic stereotactic assistance)

For patients

Success stories and resources

Meet our patients

Young boy and teen girl
Special diet turns Parker's life around
Parker's seizures from Doose syndrome significantly dropped after he started the ketogenic diet.
A young adult patient in an exam room
"A better outlook on life"
Kaden started having facial twitch seizures at age 5. Nine years later, they turned into grand mal seizures occurring up to 10 times a day. A neurotransmitter device helped get his condition under control.
Young girl with mom in the kitchen showing off a plate of food
"I never expected so much improvement"
Brandi reduced her seizures from Rett syndrome with the ketogenic diet — so much so that it amazed her mother, Heidi.
Milena Leon, a baby, standing in front of a basket of toys
"We cried tears of joy"
When baby Milena's seizures wouldn't stop, her family began to lose hope. Once UW Health Kids doctors discovered the problem, surgery stopped the seizures right away.


Where to find us

We offer specialized epilepsy care at our clinic in Madison, Wis.