Epilepsy Surgery Program

The Epilepsy Surgery Program at the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center is a part of the widely acclaimed Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. Nationally recognized for its pioneering achievements in research and clinical innovations, the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center provides a multidisciplinary approach to the complex medical and social needs of patients with seizure disorders.

Individuals and families receiving care here have access to the vast resources of one of the country's most prestigious medical and teaching institutions.

The Epilepsy Surgery Program provides treatment for children and adults whose seizures cannot be controlled with medication. A third of all individuals have what’s known as “refractory” epilepsy, or epilepsy that does not respond to anti-seizure medications. Some patients suffer significant impairments as a result of side effects from medications, and some children with frequent, uncontrolled seizures may experience behavioral issues. Children and adults with hard-to-manage seizures may be considered candidates for epilepsy surgery if their seizures remain uncontrolled after trying three or more anti-epileptic medications. Epilepsy surgery may be either palliative (offering relief of symptoms) or curative (an effective cure for some types of epilepsy).

The Epilepsy Surgery Program is directed by Dr. Theodore Schwartz. In addition to performing surgery for epilepsy, Dr. Schwartz is internationally known for his pioneering research in the field of epilepsy mapping and treatment. In his laboratory at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, Dr. Schwartz is leading a research effort investigating brain function — and dysfunction — as related to epileptic seizures. (Read more about Dr. Schwartz’s epilepsy research laboratory.)

On the pediatric side of the Epilepsy Surgery Program are Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield and Dr. Caitlin Hoffman, the pediatric neurosurgeons at the Brain and Spine Center who specialize in epilepsy surgery in children.

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What our Patients Say

For the first 11 years of her life, she suffered from nighttime seizures. Thanks to Dr. Hoffman and her team, she and her family didn't have to worry anymore.

Our Care Team

  • Vice Chair for Clinical Research
  • David and Ursel Barnes Professor in Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Otolaryngology
  • Director, Center for Epilepsy and Pituitary Surgery
  • Co-Director, Surgical Neuro-oncology
Phone: 212-746-5620
  • Victor and Tara Menezes Clinical Scholar in Neuroscience
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery in Pediatrics
Phone: 212-746-2363
  • Associate Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurological Surgery
  • Director of Neuropsychology Services
Phone: 212-746-3356
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Leon Levy Research Fellow
  • Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute
Phone: 646-962-3389
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurological Surgery
Phone: 212-746-3356
  • Child Neurologist Director, Pediatric Epilepsy
Phone: 212-746-3278
  • Physician Assistant
Phone: 212-746-2363

Weill Cornell Medicine Brain & Spine Center 525 East 68 Street, Box 99 New York, NY 10065 Phone: 866-426-7787