Epilepsy Division

The UT Southwestern Epilepsy Program was established in 1983 to provide comprehensive and high-quality health care for people suffering from seizure disorders. The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has designated UT Southwestern a Level 4 epilepsy center—the highest level a center can earn.

Our physicians and researchers are leaders in epilepsy drug research, electroencephalography (EEG) evaluation, brain mapping methods, and operative EEG techniques.


Mark Agostini, M.D.
Medical Director, Epilepsy
Parkland Hospital
Ryan Hays, M.D.
Medical Director, Epilepsy
University Hospitals
Susan Arnold, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy
UT Southwestern


Epilepsy research conducted at UT Southwestern makes important contributions in the lives of many individuals diagnosed with the disorder. Advanced diagnostic techniques and treatments available in the world today are practiced at UT Southwestern. Researchers investigate how current and newly developed medications and devices can be used to help patients effectively maintain control of seizures. The Epilepsy Program has a number of ongoing clinical trials available to patients.


We offer up to six fellowship training slots in clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy (four adult and two pediatric), which consists of one or two years of epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology/EEG training (neonatal, pediatric, and adult patient populations) for qualified neurologists. UT Southwestern’s epilepsy physicians participate in weekly conferences on clinical neurophysiology topics that review the latest research and findings on the treatment of epilepsy.

Clinical Programs

The UT Southwestern Epilepsy Program offers comprehensive clinical epilepsy services for patients of any age. The Program has outpatient clinics as well as two inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Units (EMU). We have an 11-bed adult EMU at Parkland Memorial Hospital and a 6-bed pediatric EMU at Children’s Medical Center Dallas that are staffed by ten epileptologists (five adult and five pediatric) and six neurosurgeons (four adult and two pediatric). 

The epilepsy team also consists of epilepsy case managers, research nurses, electroneurodiagnostic technologists, neuroradiologists, neurophysiologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and social workers. For patients with epilepsy that cannot be controlled with medication, UT Southwestern offers physicians highly skilled in brain imaging, monitoring, and other advanced medical techniques to localize, and in some cases surgically remove, the focus of our patients’ seizures. The epilepsy team holds weekly patient management conferences to discuss the various treatment options for individual patients.