Sean T. Hwang, MD, and Deborah N. Risbrook, FNP-BC, Honored by EPIC Long Island Epilepsy Foundation

From left to right: Thomas Hopkins, President & CEO, EPIC Long Island; Sean T. Hwang, MD; and, Deborah N. Risbrook, FNP-BC. Photo credit: Tony Lopez

Sean T. Hwang, MD, and Deborah N. Risbrook, FNP-BC, from Northwell Health’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, each received the Professional Leadership Award at the EPIC Long Island Epilepsy Foundation’s Gala, held on January 26 at Carlyle on the Green in Farmingdale, NY.

The awards were given to Dr. Hwang and Ms. Risbrook in recognition of their leadership, compassion and outstanding care of patients with epilepsy, developmental disabilities and/or have mental health challenges.

“It was a great honor to be recognized by EPIC Long Island,” said Dr. Hwang. “I was happy to share the moment with Nurse Risbrook, along with the rest of our team at our epilepsy center. We appreciate the type of work EPIC Long Island has done over the years to support our patients with epilepsy. It is a wonderful charity.”

“It was so nice to be acknowledged for all of the hard work and dedication that goes into caring for people with epilepsy,” said Ms. Risbrook. “I appreciated having my family, colleagues and even some of my patients there to enjoy the event with me. Receiving the award inspires me to work even harder and continue advocating for my patients.”

Northwell Health’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center provides care for adults diagnosed with epilepsy. The Center’s integration of clinical staff and the availability of cutting-edge technology provide patients with an accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and improved quality of life. The Center has a state-of-the-art video electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring unit at North Shore University Hospital, a member of Northwell Health. The four-bed unit is staffed 24/7 by dedicated observation personnel, epilepsy-trained nurses, and a team of certified EEG technologists. The video EEG monitoring unit enables staff to continue to offer the most advanced and safest treatments for epilepsy, using both medications and minimally invasive approaches with epilepsy surgery.

For more information about Northwell Health’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, call 516-325-7060 or click here. For more information about EPIC Long Island Epilepsy Foundation, click here.


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