It’s estimated that 65 million around the world have epilepsy, a brain disorder in which people have recurring seizures or convulsions due to surges in the electrical signals in their brain. These surges may cause a variety of behaviors, including blank stares, temporary confusion, jerking movements or violent muscle spasms, or a loss of consciousness. 

Epilepsy can stem from brain injury, illness, or abnormal brain development, but there's often no detectable cause.


UT Southwestern Medical Center has one of the nation’s leading epilepsy treatment programs, offering comprehensive care for adults, adolescents, children, and newborns.

Our neurologists work with neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neurophysiologists, research nurses, diagnostic technologists, and social workers to provide a thorough evaluation and determine the most effective epilepsy treatment for you.

The National Association of Epilepsy Centers, which evaluates medical facilities on a regional, national, and international basis, has designated UT Southwestern a Level 4 epilepsy center, the highest designation possible. Our physicians and researchers are leaders in epilepsy drug research and advanced diagnostic techniques and treatments.

Other seizure disorders treated at UT Southwestern include:

  • Generalized seizures
  • Partial seizures