Children’s Accredited as Level 4 Epilepsy Center

Sookyong Koh, M.D., Ph.D., and Arnett Klugh III, M.D.
Pictured left to right: Sookyong Koh, M.D., Ph.D., division chief of Pediatric Neurology and Arnett Klugh III, M.D., division chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Children’s Nebraska, the region’s pediatric health care leader, has been accredited as a level 4 pediatric epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) for 2024 and 2025. Recognized as the highest level of accreditation for epilepsy care, the designation is earned by programs that offer clinical expertise, facilities and capabilities necessary to provide advanced medical and surgical evaluation and treatment. The accreditation is the latest achievement for Children’s growing Pediatric Neurosciences team, which offers the region’s most comprehensive pediatric epilepsy program and is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families experiencing epilepsy and seizures.

“The level 4 epilepsy center designation attests to our ability to provide the highest levels of comprehensive care to our young patients with epilepsy,” said Sookyong Koh, M.D., Ph.D., Children’s division chief of Pediatric Neurology. “Children and their families no longer need to travel far out of the state of Nebraska to seek specialty care to adequately control their seizures. I am most grateful for our Neurosciences team for their dedication and effort to achieve this honor and recognition.”

Level 4 centers such as Children’s provide routine care as well as specialized services to treat the most complex forms of epilepsy, providing intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring; extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial diagnosis and treatment; complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including stereoelectroencephalography (sEEG); and a broad range of innovative, leading-edge surgical interventions for uncontrolled seizures.

“The rigorous standard required for level 4 epilepsy certification reflects the heart and resolve of Children’s Nebraska to provide the highest echelon of treatment and support for children and their families suffering from epilepsy,” said Arnett Klugh III, M.D., Children’s division chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery. “Harnessing expertise in stereotactic EEG, advanced neuroimaging, robotic assisted surgery, 3D 4K microscopy, neurostimulation and laser therapy, we stand poised to are able to directly impact the quality of care for pediatric epilepsy patients. Our strength resides in collaboration across multiple disciplines, propelling us to serve and lead in pediatric epilepsy care. We are committed to delivering the excellence our patients deserve wrapped in compassion and understanding.”

Epilepsy is a common brain disorder characterized by seizures, often fraught with challenges and frustrations for patients and families. Children’s Neurosciences Center is equipped with world-class pediatric neurosurgical suites in the Hubbard Center for Children, a newly expanded Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and personalized, comprehensive services across the pediatric continuum of care, serving children and families across the region. The team provides the most advanced imaging and diagnostic tools and technologies and the latest in innovative, minimally invasive surgical techniques, resulting in faster healing times, lasting, effective care and better outcomes. Children’s offers a variety of specialized, multidisciplinary clinics, including the Drug Resistant Epilepsy Clinic, Fast Access Neurology and New Onset Seizure Clinic, Functional Neurological Disorder Clinic and Keto Clinic.

The Pediatric Neurosciences team collaborates in its specialized epilepsy care, led by division chiefs Dr. Koh and Dr. Klugh, surgical director of epilepsy and pediatric neurosurgeon Afshin Salehi, M.D., M.S., and epileptologist Spriha Pavuluri, M.D. The team comprises three neurosurgeons, eight neurologists including three sub-specialized epileptologists, seven advanced practice providers, dozens of nurses and many more support team members. It partners with colleagues in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Hospital Medicine, Neurodiagnostics, Neuropsychology, Neuroradiology, Nutrition, Surgical Services and more to deliver the best outcomes and experiences for children and families.

Learn more about Children’s comprehensive epilepsy program at ChildrensNebraska.org/Epilepsy.

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