Our comprehensive Epilepsy Program is committed to delivering world-class care for patients with epilepsy by providing accurate diagnosis and unmatched clinical management, using state-of-the-art techniques and approaches. Only a few medical centers in the United States provide the range of care for epilepsy that is available here.

Our team of physicians and medical professionals provide a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of seizure disorders and epilepsy. Our epilepsy team includes board-certified epileptologists, an epilepsy neurosurgeon, neuroradiologists, and a dedicated team of nurses and technologists.

Surgical Treatment - Request a Consultation

An estimated three million people in the United States have epilepsy; approximately one third of these patients do not respond to treatment with medications, and, unfortunately, the possibility of obtaining seizure freedom is lessened with each additional medication trial. Surgery can be a safe and highly effective alternative to excessive medication management.

Research has shown that surgical treatment of epilepsy consistently provides the best outcomes. We recommend that these patients with hard-to-treat cases of epilepsy, be evaluated by an epilepsy specialist. If you would like to refer a patient to our program, please click the link below.

Refer a patient for surgical treatment.

How Much Do You Know About Seizures?

A seizure is an uncontrolled electrical discharge from brain cells that causes mental and physical symptoms. Epilepsy is a group of chronic conditions in which a person has unprovoked, recurring seizures. Find out more about epilepsy and seizures by taking this quiz, based on information from the Epilepsy Foundation.

1. Although the characteristics of a seizure may differ from person to person, seizures are caused by the same thing:
2. Seizures can be caused by:
3. Epilepsy is most likely to begin in which age group?
4. A person with epilepsy needs how much extra sleep a night?
5. In some states, if you have epilepsy, you can get a driver's license only if:
6. Although exercise is good for people with epilepsy, some sports are not appropriate. Which of these is/are not?
7. Alcohol can be dangerous for a person with epilepsy because:
8. How does a health care provider diagnose epilepsy?
9. Which is the most common treatment for epilepsy?

Pegah Afra, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.6

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Dr. Afra is an Associate Professor of Neurology and associate-director of clinical neurophysiology fellowship program in University of Utah’s Department of Neurology. She focuses her practice on diagnosis and treatment of adults and adolescents with seizures and epilepsy. Her interests include treatment of intractable epilepsies including eval... Read More

Specialties:

Epilepsy

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Shari L. Combe, M.P.A.S., PA-C

Patient Rating:

4.9

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Shari Combe MPAS, PA-C has over 18 years of clinical experience in child and general Neurology. She worked at Primary Children's Medical Center prior to joining the University of Utah, in August of 2012. As a physician assistant, she is involved in the diagnosis, treatment and manangement of seizure disorders or epilepsy. She has expertise in presc... Read More

Specialties:

Epilepsy, Neurology, Physician Assistant

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center
EEG & Epilepsy Services
(801) 585-7575

Angela D. Eastvold, Ph.D.

Dr. Angela Eastvold, PhD is a board certified Clinical Neuropsychologist in the General Neurology Division and performs neuropsychological evaluations on patients with a wide array of neurologic and psychiatric disorders. She is an integral member of the epilepsy team and performs pre- and post-surgical evaluations, as well as Wada tests. Dr. East... Read More

Specialties:

Cognitive Disorders, Concussion, Epilepsy, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury

Locations:

Imaging & Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Fumisuke Matsuo, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.1

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Fumisuke Matsuo, MD is a long-time faculty member of the Department of Neurology. His main expertise as a clinical electroencephalographer is to develop and evaluate clinical neurophysiological testings in the assessment of episodic neurobehavior symptoms, and application to separating epileptic seizures from non-epileptic events. Recent research ... Read More

Specialties:

EEG, Epilepsy, Intraoperative Monitoring, Neurology, Seizures

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Angela Peters, M.D.

Angela Peters, MD joined the Epilepsy Division as faculty in 2015. She currently holds a position as an assistant professor of neurology and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Neurology. She specializes in epilepsy and neurophysiology. She currently sees patients at the University of Utah with medically intractable epilepsy who might be surg... Read More

Specialties:

Epilepsy

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Awais Riaz, M.D., Ph.D.

Patient Rating:

4.6

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Awais Riaz, MD, PhD is the Chief of Epilepsy Division and Director of Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Services at the University of Utah. Dr. Awais Riaz received his medical education from King Edward Medical University in Lahore Pakistan. He completed his Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology at the Southern Illinois University in Springfield, ... Read More

Specialties:

EEG, Epilepsy, Intraoperative Monitoring, Long Term Monitoring, Neurology

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Specialties:

Epilepsy

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Matthew T. Sweney, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Sweney is a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant pediatric epilepsy. He is Medical Director of the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Primary Children’s Hospital. He is board certified in General Pediatrics, Neurology, Epilepsy, and Clinical Neurophysiology. He partici... Read More

Specialties:

EEG, Epilepsy, Long Term Monitoring, Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building (801) 213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 213-3599

University Campus/Research Park

Clinical Neurosciences Center 175 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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(801) 585-7575
Imaging & Neurosciences Center 729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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(801) 585-7575
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