Level 4 Epilepsy Center

Level 4 epilepsy center (highest) for both adult and pediatric patients


National Association of Epilepsy CentersUW Health's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) 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.

At UW Health and American Family Children's Hospital, we provide intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatment. We also offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes and a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.

In its published Guidelines, NAEC recommends when patients should be referred to a level 3 or 4 center. Delayed or denied referral may be detrimental to the patient’s health, safety and quality of life. 

  • If your seizures have not been brought under control after three months of care by a primary care provider (family physician, pediatrician), further neurologic intervention by a neurologist, or an epilepsy center if locally available, is appropriate. 
  • If you are seeing a general neurologist, and your seizures have not been brought under control after 12 months, you should request a referral to a specialized epilepsy center with an epileptologist. 

NAEC is a nonprofit association of specialized epilepsy centers in the United States. The organization works to connect people with epilepsy to specialized epilepsy care, and to support epileptologists and administrators in the operation of their epilepsy centers.