University of South Alabama

Epilepsy Diagnosis

USA's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (South CEP) and Neuroscience Center delivers the most advanced epilepsy care in the region through our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit including:
  • Diagnostic studies
  • Aggressive medical management
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Vagus nerve stimulation
  • New investigational therapies

Photo of patient being monitored

Dr. Juan Ochoa (left) visits with a patient in the
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU).

Part of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, the Department of Neurology operates it's State-of-the-Art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at the USA Medical Center. The Epilepsy Monitoring 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.

The South CEP Program

At the University of South Alabama, South CEP 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 South CEP 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 MR images. We also have advanced seizure detection software that captures subtle abnormalities and a seizure prediction software program capable of identifying a seizure before 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 

Martin Roling, Ph.D., Neuropsychology 

Our comprehensive epilepsy program, South CEP, 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, 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
3301 Knollwood Drive
Medical Park Bldg. 4
Mobile, AL 36693

Phone: (251) 660-5108


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


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