The Epilepsy Center of Excellence (ECoE) at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas specializes in the evaluation of patients with poorly controlled epilepsy, pre-surgical evaluation of epilepsy patients, consultation on treatment of difficult to control epilepsy patients, and the evaluation of patients with paroxysmal non-epileptic events.
The ECoE provides services to all eligible veterans in the southwest region. The Center utilizes state of the art digital diagnostic equipment. Services include electroencephalography (EEG), Video/EEG long-term monitoring (4 bed epilepsy monitoring unit), ambulatory EEG, comprehensive inpatient care, outpatient Epilepsy Clinics, patient education, epilepsy surgery, neuropsychological evaluations, and neuroradiological imaging including MRI, ictal SPECT, and PET scans.
Epilepsy Center of Excellence Staff:
Richard A. Hrachovy, MD - Houston ECoE Site Director
Thomas A. Kent, MD - Houston ECoE Site Co-Director / Neurology Care line Executive
Patricia A. Flowers, RN - Administrative Officer
David K. Chen, MD - Neurophysiology Section Director
Vitor Pacheco, MD - Staff Epileptologist
Daniel Yoshor, MD - Neurosurgeon
Romay Franks, APN - ECoE Nurse Practitioner
Robert Collins, PhD - Neuropsychologist
Betty J. Calahan, REEGT - Neurophysiology Section Supervisor
Eligible Veterans within VISN 16 may be referred to the ECoE by their personal physician via CPRS Interfacility Consult (IFC).
Eligible Veterans outside VISN 16 may be referred to the Houston ECoE by their personal physician through the Houston Diagnostic Referral Center telephone number (713) 794-8245 or fax (713) 794-8244. Travel reimbursements are paid by the referring facility.
For more information please contact Romay Franks, APN or Patricia A. Flowers, RN.
Romay Franks, APN
ECoE Nurse Practitioner
Tel: (713) 791- 1414 ext 6847
or (713) 794-8835
Patricia A. Flowers, RN
Tel: (713) 794-7393/(713) 794
Fax: (713) 794-7786
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