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SouthCEP: Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Information: (251) 445-9048


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USA's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (SouthCEP) and Neuroscience Center delivers the most advanced epilepsy care in the region through our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at USA Health University Hospital.

The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is operated by the USA Department of Neurology. The Unit is a collaborative environment that provides unique and highly specialized care with state-of-the-art technology for patients with epilepsy and other neurological conditions. Care and services include:

  • Diagnostic studies
  • Aggressive medical management
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Vagus nerve stimulation
  • Brain stimulation device implantation
  • New investigational therapies


The SouthCEP Program

At the University of South Alabama, SouthCEP offers the latest technology for patients with seizure including long-term video EEG monitoring and sleep recording. The unit has six monitored beds suited to diagnose and manage patients with related neurological conditions including seizure disorders, syncope, stroke and sleep disorders. The SouthCEP team is made up of professionals including epileptologists, neurosurgeons, neuropathology and specialized nurses who are involved in the care of each patient.


Advanced Technology

Our advanced technology allows us to localize seizure origin and correlate with real brain MR images. We also have advanced seizure detection software capable of identifying a seizure when it happens. Our epilepsy program is unique in that it is built on the interdisciplinary concept of bringing together leaders in their fields. Our physicians are all members of the USA College of Medicine faculty, and as such are actively involved in teaching and research in addition to delivering medical care.


Our Interdisciplinary Faculty/Staff 

Juan Ochoa, M.D., Program Director 

Dean Naritoku, M.D., Chairman, Neurology 

Anthony M. Martino, M.D., F.A.C.S., Neurosurgery 

W. George Rusyniak Jr., M.D., Neurosurgery 

Olivier Darbin, Ph.D., Epilepsy Research 

Jeffrey Sosnowski, M.D., Ph.D., Neuropathology 

Melissa Ogden, Ph.D., Neuropsychology


Our comprehensive epilepsy program, SouthCEP, provides unique and highly specialized care with state-of-the-art technology for patients with epilepsy and other neurological conditions. Our customized environment allows patients who will benefit from epilepsy monitoring to be in a comfortable environment during their time in the unit. 

Our services include: Scalp video EEG monitoring, Intercranial video EEG monitoring, Wada testing, Neuropsychological evaluation, MRI/PET, EEG source analysis and imaging co-registration, Vagus nerve stimulator implantation, Responsive neurostimulation device implantation, Investigational drug trials, Language and functional mapping, Intraoperative monitoring and electrocorticography 

Our ultimate goal is to help patients with seizure live their lives as fully as possible. We work together as a team to develop an individual treatment plan that addresses each patient’s specific needs. To request more information, please call (251) 445-9048.


To arrange a referral from your physician contact:

University of South Alabama Epilepsy Program
Strada Patient Care Center, Suite 2E
1601 Center Street
Mobile, AL 36604

Phone: (251) 660-5108


To refer a patient to SouthCEP contact:

SouthCEP Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
2451 Fillingim Street, 9th Floor
Mobile, AL 36617

Phone: (251) 445-9048

Referring Physicians: Instructions and forms can be found on our CEP Forms page.


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