Centers & Services

Epilepsy Center

Reportedly, there are more than one million patients with epilepsy in Japan. Nevertheless, there are few hospitals that can provide highly specialized diagnosis and treatment for epilepsy patients. We have received numerous requests for the establishment of an epilepsy center in Chugoku-Shikoku region. At Okayama University Hospital, Departments of Child Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Radiology has been involved separately in diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. With increasing social demand, we have launched the Epilepsy Center at Okayama University Hospital to achieve closer collaboration and to achieve higher level of medical care for epilepsy patients.

Management System

The Director of the Epilepsy Center is Prof. Isao Date at the Department of Neuro Surgery (Vice Director of the Okayama University Hospital). The Vice-director is Associate Prof. Tomoyuki Akiyama of the Department of Child Neurology. This center is managed mainly by four departments: Child Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Psychiatry in cooperation with multiple departments and divisions including Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Clinical Laboratory, and Hospital Pharmacy.

Management Policy

Child Neurology and Neurosurgery have held epilepsy surgery conferences to decide the candidacy and strategies for epilepsy surgery. To develop and enhance this collaboration among all departments and divisions within the Epilepsy Center, we are establishing a more integrated diagnosis and management system as the Epilepsy Center. First, we have set time slots for epilepsy outpatient appointments to facilitate the referral of first-time patients with epilepsy. Adult epilepsy patients are examined by specialists of Neurosurgery (Mon, Wed, and Fri), Psychiatry(Mon) and Neurology (Tues). Pediatric epilepsy patients are examined by specialists of Child Neurology (Tue to Fri). All outpatient clinic visits are by appointment. The availability of appointment slots is limited. Please make an appointment at Regional Medical Liaison Office through your primary care doctor. As an education activity of epilepsy for local residents, we plan to organize lectures open to the public.