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DAYTON — Dayton Children’s Hospital pediatric neurology division earned designation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 3 center for the treatment of complex pediatric epilepsy. Receiving the designation certifies that Dayton Children’s has the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Dayton Children’s is one of only 160 designated epilepsy centers in the United States.

“We are very proud of this designation,” said Gogi Kumar, MD, medical director for neurology. “Parents want to know that their child is receiving the absolute best quality when looking for treatment options. This designation is proof that we have the absolute best quality of epilepsy treatment and care in our region.”

Epilepsy centers provide a team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy with the overall goal to control and reduce the frequency of seizures for patients.

Epilepsy is a disease of the central nervous system, affecting 2.5 million Americans, in which electrical signals of the brain misfire. These disruptions cause temporary communication problems between nerve cells, leading to seizures. Each year, Dayton Children’s cares for more than 2,500 epilepsy patients.

Level 3 epilepsy centers must meet the following guidelines to receive designation:

  • Electroencephalography (EEG) services
  • Epilepsy surgery for seizures caused by tumors as well as vagal nerve stimulator implantation
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuropsychological and psychological services
  • Pharmacological expertise
  • Nursing support (specific to epilepsy)
  • Rehabilitation (in and outpatient)
  • Access to expertise in multiple fields (neurosurgery, psychiatry, internal medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology)

Dayton Children’s neurology department has six pediatric neurologists, three of whom are epileptologists; Gogi Kumar, MD; Haidar Kabbani, MD; and PA Noorani, MD. These physicians utilize advanced testing capabilities to diagnose and treat epilepsy patients. The EEG laboratory at Dayton Children’s Hospital provides advanced neuro-diagnostic testing and has a well-equipped epilepsy monitoring unit.

The department of neurology offers epilepsy treatment options including medication management, a ketogenic diet program and vagus nerve stimulator implantation in collaboration with Dayton Children’s department of pediatric neurosurgery.

One of only 45 independent freestanding children’s hospitals in the country, Dayton Children’s is the region’s only medical facility dedicated to children. Accredited by The Joint Commission and serving 20 Ohio counties and eastern Indiana, the experts at Dayton Children’s care for more than 290,000 children each year. Consistently recognized as one of the country’s best and most cost-effective pediatric hospitals, Dayton Children’s is home to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and together with the United States Air Force shares the nation’s only civilian-military integrated pe­diatric training program.

For more children’s health and safety information, visit our web site at www.childrensdayton.org.

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