Epilepsy is defined as unprovoked recurrent seizures that are caused by abnormal brain electrical activity. If not fully controlled, seizures can have a negative impact on a person’s health and well-being. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological condition in the United States, and affects about 1 in 26 Americans.

Our epilepsy program, which serves people in the Austin area and throughout Central Texas, includes many experts in epilepsy care with a range of different specialties. Together, our specialists work as a team from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up care to deliver the best possible outcome. Often, a combination of treatments can mean a higher quality of life to the epileptic person.

What Sets Us Apart

24/7 EMU

Our inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit helps us diagnose seizure types, and locate the area in the brain where the seizures occur. The purpose of the EMU is to provide 24-hour monitoring in an effort to accurately characterize seizures and determine the best treatment.

Level 4 EMU

Ascension Seton Brain & Spine Institute’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is the only Level 4 Epilepsy Center in Central Texas providing comprehensive epilepsy care for adult patients with epilepsy. Our designation as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center is based upon guidelines recommended by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.


Ascension Seton was the first hospital in Central Texas to use the RNS® System. The RNS® System uses responsive neurostimulation to reduce seizures over time with the help of an implantable neurostimulation device. The RNS® System is placed under the scalp at the seizure location to monitor and respond to brain activity, similar to the way a pacemaker manages an irregular heartbeat.

Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Team Approach

Seton Brain & Spine Institute is staffed with a team of experts who evaluate and care for the epileptic person. Our team includes epileptologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatry, neuropsychologists, EEG technicians, nurses and researchers. Together, the team discusses each patient’s care to reach a group consensus about the best epilepsy treatment option for that individual.