In 2008, Congress officially designated the Epilepsy Centers of Excellence, a total of 16 sites around the United States that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment epilepsy and seizure disorders. The Epilepsy Centers are intended to provide the best possible epilepsy care to Veterans with state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services. Specifically, the Epilepsy Center of Excellence is charged with: (1) establishing a national system of care to all veterans with epilepsy, (2) educating veterans and others in their lives impacted by epilepsy about high quality epilepsy care, (3) providing health professional education and training in order to deliver the highest quality of standard of care to veterans with epilepsy, (4) utilizing national VA and other databases in order to inform providers and policy makers in Central Office about health care delivery and health policy decisions, (5) conducting state-of-the-art research about epilepsy, and (6) implementing an informatics backbone to meet the above objectives.
In addition to our many educational and research efforts here in Portland, we also provide comprehensive outpatient and inpatient clinical services. Outpatient clinics are held several days a week out of the Portland campus. We have also established telehealth clinics in Roseburg, OR and Boise, ID to provide easier access to care for our remote patients. Additionally, our facility operates a three-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit for those who may benefit from intensive testing and monitoring under a controlled setting.
Other available services at Portland ECoE
Routine inpatient and outpatient EEG
Store and Foward Tele-EEG (EEG performed at Boise with interpretation from Portland)
Inpatient video-EEG monitoring
Foramen Ovale Electrodes placed under fluoroscopy
Cortical strips and grids
Speech and Language Evaluation
Assessment for (Re)placement of Vagal Nerve Stimulator
Surgical Resection (Epilepsy Surgery)
Epilepsy Center of Excellence
Portland VA Medical Center
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd.
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: 503-220-8262 ext. 58330