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Specialized epilepsy care in one convenient location
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Lenox Hill Hospital provides compassionate, thorough care and support to epilepsy patients and their loved ones. 

About us

Epliepsy patients have many common concerns, which include disabling medication side effects, driving, pregnancy, uncontrolled seizures, exercise and many other issues—and these issues are best addressed by a comprehensive center experienced in caring for epilepsy patients and open to alternative solutions. At Lenox Hill Hospital, we opened one such center to bring better care to our epileptic patients and their loved ones—the Lenox Hill Comprehensive Epilepsy Center—where we strive not only for accurate diagnosis and prompt, effective treatment, but also for improved quality of life for our patients. 

The center offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic options for patients suffering from seizure disorders in new and comfortable surroundings on the premises of Lenox Hill Hospital. It includes a four-bed, state-of-the-art epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by dedicated observation personnel, including epilepsy-trained doctors, nurses, neuropsychologists and a team of compassionate, certified video electroencephalogram (EEG) technologists. The EMU enables us to offer the safest and most advanced treatments for epilepsy.

Clinical expertise

Our highly trained epilepsy specialists offer treatments and services for the following conditions:

  • Newly diagnosed seizures/epilepsy
  • Unexplained falls or loss of consciousness
  • Spells, transient events or neurologic symptoms or dysfunction, including:
    • Language difficulty
    • Weakness
    • Sensory disturbance (numbness/tingling)
  • Seizures related to brain tumors

We also help patients with management of and withdrawal from anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs).

Our services

  • New patient visits
  • Follow-up visits
  • Consultation visits
  • Routine EEGs
  • Sleep deprived EEGs
  • Ambulatory EEG monitoring
  • Inpatient video EEG monitoring during medication changes, refractory epilepsy or for initial diagnosis and classification of epilepsy
  • Presurgical epilepsy evaluations
  • Consultations in numerous specialties, including physical therapy, neuropsychology, psychiatry, cardiology and neurosurgery

Award-winning epilepsy care

Lenox Hill Hospital has been recognized as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, the highest rating by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 centers provide complex and intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, in addition to extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment options. Fourth-level centers also offer comprehensive evaluations for epilepsy and a broad range of surgical procedures to treat the condition.

Our team

Souhel Najjar, MD

Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Neurology Service Line, Northwell Health

Chair, Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital, Chair, Neurology , North Shore University Hospital, Chair, Neurology , Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Chair, Neurology , Staten Island University Hospital, Chair & Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Derek Jeffrey Chong, MD

Director - Epilepsy of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Vice Chairman of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep Medicine, EEG / Epilepsy

Tatyana R. Gitlevich, MD

Specialties: Neurophysiology, Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Ruben Itamar Kuzniecky, MD

Director - Research& Clinical Trials NS, LIJ, LHH,

Vice Chairman - Academic Affairs - NS, LIJ, LHH,

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Steven Vincent Pacia, MD

Director - Neurology, Eastern Region,

Director of Neurology, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, Vice Chairman of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG / Epilepsy

Meghan Elizabeth Fleming, DO

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Sanjeev Vithal Kothare, MD

Co-Director - Pediatric Sleep Program/Neurology,CCMC,

Director - Pediatric Neurology Service Line, , Director - Pediatric Neurology, CCMC,

Specialties: Child Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy, Sleep Medicine, Clinical Neurophysiology

Nadia Sotudeh, MD

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology

David Langer, MD

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Vice President, Neurosurgery, Western Region, Northwell Health, Professor, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

John Andrew Boockvar, MD

Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery , Lenox Hill Hospital

Director, Brain Tumor and Pituitary/ Neuroendocrine Center , Lenox Hill Hospital, Investigator, Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology , Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Professor, Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery , Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Jason Andre Ellis, MD

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Ashesh Dinesh Mehta, MD, PhD

Chief of Surgery - Neurosurgery, Glen Cove Hospital

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Loleta Casheta Rumble, RN, NP

Specialties: NP in Primary Care Adult-Gerontology


Virginia Ann De Sanctis, PhD

Specialties: Psychology

Brittany Catherine LeMonda, PhD

Specialties: Psychology

Clinical professionals

Loleta Casheta Rumble, RN, NP

Specialties: NP in Primary Care Adult-Gerontology

Richard Steer, MBA, R.EEG.T
Head EEG Coordinator

Gina Antolino-Resnick, BSN, RN, OCN, CHPN
Nurse Manager 7 Wollman

Otakhon Matchanov, R.EEG.T
EEG Technical Coordinator

Jessica M. Peterson, RN, BSN
Epilepsy Nurse Coordinator

Ida Kiss
EEG technician

Omaru Barrie
EEG technician

Anum Khan
EEG technician

Avery Post
EEG technician

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