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Legacy Health has a long history of well-known and trusted epilepsy diagnosis, monitoring and care.

The Oregon Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (its original name) opened at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in 1975, one of only five in the nation and the first of its kind in the region. Today we diagnose and treat children and adults at Legacy Good Samaritan, Legacy Salmon Creek and Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.

We care for epilepsy patients with compassion and understanding. We understand how important the proper diagnosis and right medication is to your quality of life. 


Our epilepsy services

Our goal is to help you manage your seizures and medicines so you can have the best possible quality of life. This starts with the proper diagnosis. Our diagnostic services include:

  • Standard EEG – single-day testing on an outpatient basis
  • Ambulatory EEG – monitoring equipment you take home with you for 24-72 hours
  • Continuous video EEG – monitoring in one of three hospital Epilepsy Monitoring Units, usually for 3-5 days.  


For more information on what to expect from your stay in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, download these PDFs:

What to expect - for adults

What to expect - for children

Epilepsy treatment

Your doctor will create a treatment plan for you designed to control your seizures as much as possible. It is also important to get your medications right, so you can enjoy as many activities as possible. Your doctor will listen to your goals for treatment and consider:

  • Your personal situation, including your age and health
  • The kind of seizures you have, and how often you have them
  • How well medication has worked for you in the past


Legacy Research Institute is actively studying epilepsy treatments. Read more about the research studies on dietary therapy for epilepsy and silky brain implants to help stop the spread of epilepsy.

Our doctors and locations

Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
John McBurney, MD (Oregon Clinic)
1015 NW 22nd Ave, Suite 420
Portland, OR 97210
Phone: 503-488-2424

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
John Dempster, MD
Legacy Medical Group-Neurology
Medical Office Building B
2101 139th St, Ste 460
Vancouver, WA 98686
Phone: 360-487-4707
Fax: 360-487-4709

Randall Children's Hospital - Legacy Emanuel
Michele Metrick, MD
Legacy Medical Group-Pediatric Neurology
Medical Office Building
501 N. Graham, Suite 330A
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: 503-413-3600
Fax: 503-413-3621