Epilepsy Center at Children’s Medical Center Plano Earns Level 3 Designation

The Epilepsy Center at Children’s Medical Center Plano was designated a Level 3 epilepsy center in April by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

Daniel Gossett, M.D., a community physician, is the newly designated medical director of the Epilepsy Center at Children’s Medical Center Plano. “I’m excited that the Epilepsy Center is able to offer advanced epilepsy care to more kids, and I’m proud to lead a team that offers the excellent care and expertise needed to achieve this designation,” Dr. Gossett says.

A Level 3 designation – the second-highest from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) – recognizes that Children's Medical Center Plano provides advanced evaluation and treatment resources for pediatric epilepsy, including an 8-bed epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU), around-the-clock electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring and onsite neuropsychologist.

“One of the biggest benefits of the Level 3 accreditation is that the Epilepsy Center can offer advanced epilepsy care right here in Plano,” Dr. Gossett says. “Patients don’t need to drive long distances, and the hospital and physicians on its medical staff can sometimes see patients sooner than larger hospitals.”

A Long History with Children’s Health

While the role of medical director is new to Dr. Gossett, he isn’t new to Children’s Health. He completed his residency in pediatrics and his fellowship in child neurology at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and UT Southwestern.

Dr. Gossett is board-certified in epilepsy and neurology and in his private practice he specializes in treating children with epilepsy, sleep disorders, ADHD and other neurological disorders.

“I’m excited to be back on campus and part of a great team to take this program to the next level,” Dr. Gossett says.

Experts in Epilepsy Care

The Epilepsy Center at Children’s Medical Center Plano sees more than 1,900 children every year. Specialists from neurology, neuropsychology and neuroradiology come together to evaluate patients from every angle to determine the best course of treatment – whether that’s medication, diet or surgery.

The center performs more than 600 EEGs each year, and around 200 patients are admitted to our EMU each year for Phase I seizure evaluations using the latest technologies. This includes 24/7 video EEG, where patients can be monitored remotely, including in outpatient, the emergency department and the pediatric intensive care unit.

Our EMU also offers neuropsychological evaluation and neuroimaging testing, including structural MRI, functional MRI, PET and SPECT.

Access to Phase II Monitoring, Surgery

For patients, a key benefit of being part of the Children’s Health network is that we can offer unparalleled access to even the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options – whether the patient is newly diagnosed or suffers from intractable seizures.

If needed, we can transfer patients to our Level 4 Epilepsy Center at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. The team there uses the latest technology, including robot-assisted stereo electroencephalogram (SEEG), to pinpoint seizure zones in children with difficult-to-localize epilepsy. Thanks to the Robotized Stereotactic Assistant (ROSA), procedures are shorter, less invasive, so children have fewer complications and faster recovery times.

For children who respond poorly to drug treatments, corrective surgery may be the best option for overcoming seizures. The care team at Children’s Medical Center Dallas can match patients with the surgery that’s right for them, whether that’s laser ablation, resection and neurostimulation device implantation.  

Ultimately, Dr. Gossett hopes to offer Phase II monitoring and surgery at the Plano campus.

“A key part of my vision as medical director is for the Epilepsy Program to be a Level 4 epilepsy center,” he says. “To get us there, I’m focused on adding a neurosurgeon to the team and expanding the program’s reach to even more patients.”

Learn more about Dr. Gossett and the work he’s doing to bring care to more kids

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