Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Our Center

Epilepsy and seizures affect more than three million Americans of all ages, with about 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year. It is important to know that:

  • Properly diagnosed and treated, most people with epilepsy can expect to get their seizures under control.

  • Patients who have persistent, recurrent seizures or those with an unconfirmed seizure diagnosis may benefit from the advanced diagnostic and treatment services of a comprehensive epilepsy center.

The Stony Brook Difference

Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center offers unique capabilities:

  • A six-bed dedicated video-EEG epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) with 24/7 observation staff

  • Portable video-EEG epilepsy monitoring capability that can be set up anywhere in the hospital where there is a patient experiencing possible seizures

  • A multidisciplinary team, including renowned epileptologists, pediatric neurologists, and neurosurgeons. A multidisciplinary team of specialists makes a difference. Seizures and epilepsy can involve and affect multiple body systems, so having a staff with broad-based expertise readily available helps achieve a more effective treatment plan.

  • Multiple treatment options, including advanced surgical techniques

  • Access to research, including clinical trials of new drugs and support and education services for patients and families

To learn about the Long Island Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at SBUMC, call (631) 444-4000.

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center provides a wide range of services to diagnose and treat epilepsy, including:

  • Neuropsychological testing (631-444-8053)

  • Electroencephalograph

  • MRI

  • CT scans

  • PET scans

  • Vagal nerve stimulator implant surgery for seizures in children and adults

  • Ketogenic diet therapy (631-444-5858)

  • Adult epilepsy surgery

  • Pediatric epilepsy surgery


Neuropsychological Testing:

  • Brian Lebowitz, PhD

  • Thomas Preston, PhD

Supporting Specialists


  • Yul Rapoport, DO

  • Artem Sunik, MD

Patient Resources

Epilepsy Support Group:

Meetings are held every 1st Thursday of the month from 6:15pm - 7:45pm at Belle Mead for adult and pediatric patients. This is a joint collaboration between Stony Brook University Medical Center Department of Neurology and the Epilepsy Foundation

Ask the Expert:

Epilepsy Social Worker

Useful Links

Patient Education



We offer our patients tomorrow's treatments today through our many clinical trials. Our patients may elect to participate in ongoing, cutting-edge, clinical research trials that are being conducted at our institution. Participation in a clinical trial can provide patients with access to new research treatments before they are widely available. Click on the following website links to access more information on the current clinical trials offered at Stony Brook University Medical Center:

Office of Clinical Trials:

General Clinical Research Center (GCRC):