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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA


Richmond VAMC: an Epilepsy Center of Excellence

Richmond Epilepsy Center of Excellence (ECoE)


The mission of the ECoE is to improve the quality of care of Veterans with epilepsy through an integrated regional and national network of Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoE). 

In 2008 the VA established 16 specialty sites that are linked to form 4 regional centers which network to provide coordinated services for veterans with seizure disorders and epilepsy. In 2008 the Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoE) were charged with improving the health and well-being of Veterans with epilepsy and other seizure disorders by integrating clinical care, outreach, research and education.

The Northeast centers are located in Richmond, Baltimore and West Haven.  The epilepsy centers are also linked with the Polytrauma Centers to increase our ability to mutually follow Veterans with moderate and severe traumatic brain injury who are at the greatest risk for post-traumatic epilepsy.


Core epilepsy services and programs provided by the Center include:

  • Seizure Clinics
  • Telehealth Clinics
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) testing of brain waves - outpatient & 24-hour ambulatory
  • Video/ Electroencephalogram in an Inpatient Monitoring Unit (IMU)
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Neuroimaging
  • Device therapy i.e., Vagus Nerve Stimulator
  • Provider education calls
  • Patient education calls
  • e-consults
  • Epilepsy research


                                                       McGuire ECoE Staff

Alan Towne, MD Elizabeth Waterhouse, MD
Director, Richmond ECoE Assistant Director, Richmond, ECoE
Heather Hodges, RN Linda Benson, MPH
Clinical Nurse Coordinator Statistician & Administrator
Jerry Haywald, NP Kathy Browning
Telehealth Nurse Practitioner Telehealth Nurse
Chris Madson Kathy Brewer
Intraoperative Monitoring & EEG Technologist EEG Technologist
Brenda Robertson-Wilson  
EEG Technologist  


National VA Epilepsy Web page


Directions to the ECoE clinic:  Epilepsy Center, second floor, Room 2B-172.

Take the South Elevators from the Main Lobby to the 2nd floor. 


Contact number: 804-675-5000 x5127

Hours of operation: Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.