Adult Epilepsy Program Recognized as Highest Level Center


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Adult Epilepsy Program Recognized as Highest Level Center

April 15, 2013 - Albany , NY

ALBANY, N.Y., April 15, 2013-For the sixth consecutive year, Albany Medical Center's Epilepsy and Human Brain Mapping Program has received a Level 4 designation, the highest designation offered by the prestigious National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

Level 4 centers have the most advanced medical and surgical diagnostic and treatment options for patients with complex epilepsy. Albany Med shares this designation with programs of high distinction such as Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and NYU Medical Center.

"This achievement is a testament to the comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team approach we use to treat epilepsy patients here at Albany Medical Center," said Anthony Ritaccio, M.D., J. Spencer Standish professor of neurology and neurosurgery and director of the epilepsy and human brain mapping program at Albany Medical Center.

"This level of care is unparalleled locally and can only be found at the best academic centers around the country," he added.

Part of the Neurosciences Institute, Albany Med's Epilepsy and Human Brain Mapping Program evaluates more than 350 patients each year in its inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU).. The EMU offers the most technologically sophisticated monitoring experience available, including wireless brainwave recording. Brain mapping techniques are used to locate areas of the brain important for language, memory and movement to safely guide surgical tissue removal in order to stop the seizures.

To learn more about Albany Med's epilepsy program and how our neurologists and neurosurgeons have helped patients overcome epilepsy, visit

Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York's only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region's largest physicians practice with nearly 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region's health and quality of life. For more information: or


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