Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

At CHOC, we understand the challenges families face when a child experiences seizures. Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is a national leader in pediatric epilepsy care, offering cutting-edge diagnostics, innovative medical approaches and advanced surgical interventions from the nation’s foremost epilepsy experts.

We were the first children’s hospital in California to be named a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), and we are the only pediatric facility in Orange County with this distinction. That means we have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

CHOC doctors Joffre Olaya, epilepsy neurosurgeon, Lily Tran, epilepsy neurologist

Patient Stories

school photo before epilepsy diagnosis

Life was proceeding right on schedule for self-described “drama kid” Genevieve Masson. The 16-year-old, who goes by “Geni,” went to class, hung out with friends and spent time rehearsing musical theater at her high school. “It was really a normal, not-so-exciting life,” she says. But two years ago, when Geni was 14, something changed. A […]

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By Celeste P., mom of CHOC patient Camila When my daughter Camila was going through epilepsy surgery, I read stories about other kids’ success, and gleaned hope from them. As much as I learned from her doctors and nurses, it was helpful to read a parent’s perspective. I now share our journey in the hopes […]

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Despite her happy disposition, Rylee had a big roadblock: frequent disruptive seizures. Six months past her epilepsy surgery, she hasn’t had a single seizure.

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On bad days, Gabriel would experience up to 50 seizures. Today, he is an intelligent, creative and artistic 12-year-old who dreams of being a paramedic when he grows up.

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epilepsy surgery

Five-year-old Ian Higginbotham recently enjoyed his best summer yet. He experienced his first family vacation. He learned to swim and ride a bike. He got himself ready for kindergarten. These are milestones most kids and parents, alike, eagerly welcome. But there was a time when Ian’s parents weren’t certain their son, who was born seemingly […]

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The spread inside a conference room in the CHOC neuroscience unit would be a welcomed sight for any parent: a box of glistening bagels, jugs of steaming coffee, and a warm smile from Kathy Lear. Whether it’s by offering nourishment or a kind word of encouragement, Kathy stands ready to help a fellow parent of […]

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