BMC’s Yawkey building doors are now closed as an entrance as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our campus and provide you with the best clinical care.

All patients and visitors on our main campus must enter our hospital via Shapiro, Menino, or Moakley buildings, where they will be greeted by team members at a new centralized check-in desk before continuing to the hospital. We are excited to welcome you and appreciate your patience as we improve our facilities.

Seizures are caused by excessive electrical activity in the brain, although the cause is not always known.

Many patients with epileptic seizures can benefit from surgical treatment. For such patients, the surgeon often must work with a neurologist to determine the precise location in the brain from which the seizures are originating. In order to make such a determination, the surgeon often must temporarily implant a grid of sensitive electrodes on the surface of the brain, which can be connected to a monitoring device. These electrodes record the brain's activity during a seizure and can help locate the abnormal spot where the seizure starts.

If successful, this information is used to plan the second stage of the surgery, in which the abnormal area of the brain where the seizures originate is removed, along with the electrodes themselves.

Departments and Programs Who Treat This Condition



We provide comprehensive surgical treatment of the spine for trauma, degenerative conditions, congenital problems, and more. Our surgeons are experts in less invasive surgical tec…


The Neurology Department offers a full spectrum of neurological care for all neurological disorders, from epilepsy to headaches to Alzheimer’s disease. Our robust research program…

Functional Neurosurgery

When a neurological disorder disrupts your daily life, our team can provide state-of-the-art treatment and compassionate care to help you get back to your life.

Epilepsy Program

The Epilepsy Program offers a full range of diagnostic tests and treatments for epilepsy, with doctors who are focused solely on this condition. 

Pediatrics - Neurology

Our pediatric neurologists diagnose and treat children with all types of nervous system disorders from sleep and movement disorders to concussions and other head trauma.

Pediatric Neurosurgery

We have extensive experience in pediatric neurosurgery, using state-of-the-art techniques and compassion to provide expert care and guidance during a potentially difficult time.