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Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute


Thanks to the experts at our Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Nationally Recognized Epilepsy Care

We are a Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center—the highest designation awarded by National Association of Epilepsy Centers

Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

About 1 percent of Americans suffer from epilepsy—more than the number of patients with Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis (MS) combined. 

At Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, patients with epilepsy receive a full range of advanced diagnostic and treatment options. We are nationally recognized for expert medical and surgical management of epilepsy and an adult Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, which is the highest designation attainable through the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. In 2015, we conducted more than 1,000 days of EEG monitoring on more than 300 patients from all over the region.

Saint Luke’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center treats patients ages 14 and older, offering:

  • Medical management of seizures by a team of board-certified epileptologists (epilepsy specialists)
  • A 12-bed inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), where we can record and analyze patients’ seizure activity 24/7
  • Our Epilepsy Surgery Conference, a multidisciplinary team that meets monthly to develop individualized patient treatment plans for all epilepsy patients who complete the first step to surgical monitoring and are candidates for surgical treatments

Our Approach

Anticonvulsant medications can help up to 65 percent of patients, and we always start there. Our team works tirelessly to perfect the dosage necessary to reduce or eliminate seizures.

Patients who don’t improve after two medications may be candidates for responsive neurostimulation (RNS), an FDA-approved system that monitors, detects seizure activity and disrupts it, resective surgery (removal of the part of the brain causing seizures), or a vagal nerve stimulator (VNS). Our goal is to strike a good balance between seizure frequency and treatment-related side effects to maximize each patient’s quality of life.

Learn more about epilepsy diagnosis and treatment options.

Saint Luke’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
4400 Broadway St, Ste 520
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-960-7631 fax
  • Jorie Simon spent much of her early life worrying about when she’d have her next seizure.

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  • Plagued by seizures since childhood, Carol Salinas’ life had been a roller coaster. During her teens, Salinas often zoned out, hearing what was happening around her but not seeing. Doctors said she was hypoglycemic but never prescribed medication. Her condition worsened. By age 21, Salinas suffered her first grand mal seizure, blacking out and ending up in the hospital. Still, there was no official diagnosis.

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  • Saint Luke's Epilepsy Specialists

    Ronald Fields, M.D., and John Croom, M.D., discuss the surgical and non-surgical treatment options available to patients at Saint Luke’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

  • John Croom, M.D., explains the epilepsy treatments available at Saint Luke's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.