North Shore-LIJ, Cohen, and Southside Hospital Epilepsy Programs Recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers

Souhel Najjar

MANHASSET, NY – Three epilepsy programs within the North Shore-LIJ Health System have been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

North Shore-LIJ’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY, were recognized as Level 4 centers.

The Epilepsy Center at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY, was acknowledged as Level 3 center.

Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical, psychological, neuropsychological, and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with intractable epilepsy.  According to the NAEC guidelines, a Level 4 epilepsy center provides the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic testing including invasive intracranial electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring and offers a broad range of surgical procedures for refractory epilepsy.

Level 3 epilepsy centers provide the basic range of medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial services needed to treat patients with refractory epilepsy.  In addition, Level 3 epilepsy centers offer noninvasive evaluation for epilepsy surgery, straight-forward resective epilepsy surgery, and implantation of the vagus nerve stimulator.

“We are honored that our epilepsy programs have received this prestigious NAEC recognition,” said Souhel Najjar, MD, senior vice president and executive director of the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s neurology service line. “It is a testament to our health system’s dedicated, multidisciplinary team of specialized epilepsy doctors, nurses, monitoring technologists, pharmacists, and social workers.”

For more information about North Shore-LIJ’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center call 516-325-7060 or go to For more information about Cohen’s Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center call 516-465-5255 or click here. For more information about Southside Hospital’s Epilepsy Center call 631-968-7468 or click here.

About the North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 19 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,400 beds, employ nearly 11,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of about 54,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to

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