Nationally Certified for Excellence in Epilepsy Care
Recognizing Barnes-Jewish Hospital's efforts to care for patients with seizures, the Joint Commission certified Barnes-Jewish as an Epilepsy Center of Excellence. At the time of recognition, Barnes-Jewish Hospital was one of only three epilepsy centers in the nation to receive Joint Commission certification.
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization and is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Overall, they evaluate more than 15,000 organizations and programs in the United States.
Pioneers in Epilepsy Treatment
Barnes-Jewish Hospital also was one of the first hospitals in the United States to use brain surgery on a regular basis to treat patients with seizure disorders that were unresponsive to medications. More recently, physicians have developed less invasive surgical techniques using MRI guidance. This allows some epilepsy surgeries to be performed through smaller incisions, resulting in less post-operative discomfort and faster recovery.
We also participate in clinical trials designed to better delineate the optimal use of our current treatment options and to test promising new treatments.
The advances our neurosurgeons and neurologists continue to adopt and pioneer in anti-epileptic drug and surgical treatments have made it possible to control, and even permanently stop, disabling seizure disorders and allow patients to lead normal lives.
Advanced Imaging and Monitoring
In addition, continuous video electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring is done through Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s eight-bed epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU). This important diagnostic tool is used to evaluate patients for surgery, characterize events and to differentiate seizures from other disorders.
We specialize in the evaluation of patients with seizures that have not responded to anti-epileptic medications. When medication alone does not work, we can offer non-pharmacological treatments including resective surgery and stimulation devices.
Medical Care Tailored for Epilepsy
The adult epilepsy center specializes in the treatment of adults with epilepsy utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach including neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists and epilepsy nurses.
Our epilepsy nurses are specially trained in how to recognize seizures, how to keep the patient safe during a seizure, and how to document how to medicate the patient for the seizures. Each year our nurses undergo competency refresher training.
For a referral to a Washington University neurologist or neurosurgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call