National Institutes of Health Epilepsy Program

nihimageThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) Epilepsy Program at the NIH Clinical Center works with patients who have seizures or suspected seizures. Program research protocols include clinical evaluation, experimental drug studies, neuroimaging, magnetoencephalography, and surgical evaluation. Patients interested in participating should contact the program coordinators by phone or email. Patients are first screened by phone and then, may be asked to have an initial clinical visit to discuss study details. There is no charge for evaluation or treatment at NIH, including clinical evaluation, video-EEG monitoring, invasive electrode studies, and epilepsy surgery. Patients living anywhere in world are eligible to participate.

Program Coordinators:

Ms. Tamika Mason ( (301) 435-2952
Ms. Aaliyah Hamidullah Thiam ( (301) 435-2952

General Contact Information:

NIH Clinical Center
10 Center Drive, Building 10, MSC 1404
Bethesda MD 20892

Email: NIHepilepsy@NIH.GOV

VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence

vaimageThe VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoE) are a network of 16 sites that provide comprehensive epilepsy evaluation and care for Veterans with seizure disorders. To improve the care of Veterans nationwide, ECoE partner with a consortium of VA physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists and other allied healthcare providers with interest and expertise in improving the health and well-being of Veteran patients with epilepsy.

Who is eligible?

Veterans eligible for care via the Veteran Health Administration and are experiencing symptoms that may be related to epilepsy can speak to their assigned primary care physician or contact the nearest ECoE center directly (see contact information). For more information about the VHA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence visit the website:

VHA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence Sites by Region:


Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, and District of Columbia


  • Richmond
    Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC
    (804) 675-5000 x3748
  • Baltimore
    VA Maryland HCS
    (410) 605-7414
  • West Haven
    VA Connecticut HCS
    (203) 932-5711 x4724


Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin


  • Madison
    William S. Middleton Memorial VA
    (608) 256-1901 x17728
  • Minneapolis
    Minneapolis VAMC
    (612) 467-2047
  • Portland
    Portland VAMC
    (503) 220-8262 x58334
  • Seattle
    Puget Sound
    (206) 764-2021


Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Missouri


  • Durham
    Durham VAMC
    (919) 416-5982
  • Miami
    Miami VAHCS
    (305) 575-7000 x7008
  • Gainesville
    Malcolm Randall VAMC
    (352) 376-1611 x6818
    (800) 324-8387 x6818
  • Tampa
    James A. Haley VAMC
    (813) 972-7633


California, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Philippines


  • Albuquerque
    New Mexico VAHCS
    (505) 265-1711 x2752
  • Houston
    Michael E. DeBakey VAMC
    (713) 794-8835
  • San Francisco
    San Francisco VAMC
    (415) 379-5599
  • West Los Angeles
    Greater Los Angeles HCS
    (310) 268-3595
  • San Antonio
    Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital
    (210) 617-5161

Veterans with general eligibility questions concerns should contact VHA Benefits: 1-800-827-1000 or Health Care: 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1.