The success of the epilepsy program in the UAB Department of Neurosurgery stems from our dedication to obtaining accurate and thorough patient evaluations. Our multidisciplinary team includes epileptologists, adult and pediatric neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, neuroradiologists, and neurodiagnostic technologists. Epilepsy surgery by UAB neurosurgeons is world-renowned due in large part to the contributions made by UAB brain-imaging researchers. Using state-of-the-art imaging techniques allows UAB physicians to identify patients who may benefit the most from surgery and increase the likelihood of seizure-free outcomes. For some forms of epilepsy, surgery is the optimal treatment for reducing or eliminating seizures.

Approximately 30 percent of patients who have seizures that are uncontrolled by medication are candidates for epilepsy surgery. Surgery involves removing portions of the brain that cause seizures, or cutting some of the connections within the brain to prevent the spread of seizures. Epilepsy surgery may allow a patient to live without disabling seizures, and if not free of seizures, make them less frequent and less severe. Working closely with the Neurology Department's Epilepsy Center, Kristen Riley, MD has seen a demonstrable growth in the number of patients referred for surgical treatment of their epilepsy. Her practice has doubled the number of surgical cases in the last four years.

The UAB Approach


UAB Epilepsy Surgery Team

Kristen Riley, MD


Dr. Riley sees patients at The Kirklin Clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Pituitary Disorders Clinic meets each Tuesday. Appointments can be made by calling (205)996-2461. Referrals are accepted from physicians only. MRI imaging is typically required before an appointment.

Patients interested in epilepsy surgery are evaluated through the UAB Epilepsy Center. Contact Nancy Cohen at (205)934-3867.