Take Control of Your Epilepsy

Epileptic seizures were controlling Bert’s life. Worried they would prevent him from achieving his long list of goals, Bert turned to the team at the Penn Epilepsy Center for help.

"I am 100% seizure free. I love to say that."

- Bert Calafell | Epilepsy Patient

Once the locations of the seizures in his brain were determined, it was recommended Bert undergo surgery. Bert is now seizure-free and excited for the future – and to share his story.

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Brian Litt, MD

Director, Penn Epilepsy Center


Gordon H. Baltuch, MD, PhD

Director, Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery


Kathryn Davis, MD, MTR

Medical Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit




Jackie Raab, MSN, RN

Epilepsy Nurse Manager


Bethany Thomas, CRNP, MSN

Epilepsy Nurse Practitioner

Advanced Diagnostics and Treatments

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Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

The Penn Epilepsy Monitoring Unit observes and records brain waves for patients experiencing seizures. Patients stay in a comfortable room equipped with minimal monitoring equipment. By observing the patient's episodes and diagnosing the source of the seizures, our epilepsy team can find better ways to treat seizures that are not responding to medication.

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Advanced MRI-guided laser technology pinpoints and destroys the small, precise area of the brain where a patient’s seizures originate. The laser treats only abnormal tissue and leaves surrounding tissue unharmed. Because this procedure is minimally invasive, recovery times and risks of complications are dramatically reduced.

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Neuromodulation Therapy

For patients who have not responded to seizure medication, a tiny “difibrillator for the brain” called NeuroPace® can continually monitor brain activity. If it detects a coming seizure, it sends brief pulses to disrupt the seizure before it happens. This advanced type of neuromodulation therapy, known as responsive neurostimulation (RNS), uses a technology developed here at Penn.

Download Your Guide to Epilepsy Surgery

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If you or a loved one have epilepsy, you’ve likely considered surgery as one of the possible treatment options. This guide will help you understand all of the surgical options available at the Penn Epilepsy Center, guide you from surgery prep to recovery, and answer questions you may have. Download the guide and request an appointment with our epilepsy team today.

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