The Epilepsy Center

JCMC The Epilepsy Center

Understanding Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder that affects approximately 3 million Americans, making it the second most common neurological condition after stroke. Epileptic seizures can be either partial (originating from a single part of the brain) or generalized (occurring in the entire brain without a point of origin). The Epilepsy Center at Jersey City Medical Center offers comprehensive outpatient and inpatient diagnostic services and state-of-the-art therapy for children and adults with seizures and epilepsy.


During their first visit, patients are evaluated by The Epilepsy Center team.
This evaluation will consist of taking a detailed health history and performing a physical exam.

Additional tests may also be ordered, including:

  • EEG or Video-EEG
  • MRIs (High Resolution or Functional)
  • PET, PET-CT or SPECT scans
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Blood work

The results of this evaluation will help our team develop a treatment plan that is right for you.


There are many treatment options for epilepsy that may be explained to you by your physician upon the completion of your evaluation. These include:

Anti-Seizure Medications

There are many medications available to treat epilepsy, each with its own indications. Most patients respond well to one or more of these medications, and Video-EEG monitoring at The Epilepsy Center can help your physician identify which may work best for your type of seizure.

Ketogenic Diet Therapy

Ketogenic diet that is high in fat and low in carbohydrates can be very effective in reducing or even eliminating the threat of seizures.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation

A same day surgical procedure can be performed to implant a pacemaker type device that electrically stimulates the patient’s Vagus nerve. This has been shown to be effective in some patients for whom medications are not effective.

Epilepsy Surgery

Medication-resistant patients, particularly those whose seizures stem from a specific area of the brain, may also be candidates for epilepsy surgery. This approach can result in a patient becoming seizure-free or experiencing a significantly reduced frequency of seizures.

Clinical Drug Trials

We also participate in a number of FDA approved phase II, III, & IV clinical drug trials that may be an appropriate option for some patients.

Epilepsy Center at Jersey City Medical Center

Our Staff

The staff at The Epilepsy Center at Jersey City Medical Center is composed of a multi-disciplinary team of: Epileptologists, Epilepsy Neurosurgeons, Neuropsychologists, Epilepsy Nurses, Advanced Nurse Clinicians and Practitioners, EEG Technologists, and an experienced Patient Advocacy Group. Individual members include:

Epilepsy Specialists

Shannon Brophy, APN
Olga Laban-Grant, MD
Christos Lambrakis, MD

Epilepsy Neurosurgeons

Mostafa El Khashab, MD, PhD
Arno H. Fried, MD, FACS

Epilepsy Neuropsychologists

Keren Lebeau, PhD
Robert Trobliger, PhD

Advocacy Specialists

Lorna Myers, Ph.D. – Co-Director of Epilepsy Life Links
Teejan Whojok – Head Technologist

Making an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, please call us at: (201) 343-6676

We also welcome referrals from physicians, psychologists, social workers, and community agencies. Our team will also help to make transfers from other hospitals, ensuring that the transition is handled as smoothly as possible.

The Epilepsy Center at
Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ
(201) 915-2505

[ top ]