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South Texas Epilepsy Clinics bring seizure experts to border

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 · Volume: XLVII · Issue: 6

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Lola Morgan, M.D., a board-certified neurologist at UT Medicine San Antonio, is seeing patients on certain Fridays in Eagle Pass and Del Rio.
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Lola Morgan, M.D., a board-certified neurologist at UT Medicine San Antonio, is seeing patients on certain Fridays in Eagle Pass and Del Rio.clear graphic

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By Catherine Duncan

New South Texas Epilepsy Clinics in Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Laredo are allowing residents of the South Texas border region to be treated by epilepsy specialists in their hometowns.

The South Texas Epilepsy Clinics are overseen by the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas and UT Medicine San Antonio, which is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The clinics are funded by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Specialists
Lola Morgan, M.D., a board-certified neurologist with UT Medicine San Antonio and an assistant professor of neurology at the UT Health Science Center, is seeing patients every other month in Del Rio and Eagle Pass.

Octavian Lie, M.D., Ph.D., a board-certified neurologist with UT Medicine San Antonio and an assistant professor of neurology at the Health Science Center, will see patients every other month in Laredo.

"We are excited to be able to offer specialty epilepsy services to people in South Texas. We look forward to a close partnership with these communities. We are welcoming all people affected by epilepsy and seizures to come to our clinics, Dr. Morgan said.

Make an appointment
Appointments are required at all three clinics. Please call 210-450-9700 to make an appointment and for more information. The clinics are for individuals who have Medicaid or are uninsured. Residents with insurance also are welcome. Spanish speakers will be available to assist at appointments.

Del Rio
Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays on these dates: April 11, June 13 and Aug. 15. Patients will be seen at the Texas Department of State Health Services, 1401 Las Vacas.

Eagle Pass
Appointments are available form 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays on these dates: April 4 and Aug. 22, at Maverick County Hospital District, 3406 Bob Rogers Drive.

Laredo
Appointments are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 16 and July 18 at Mercy Ministries of Laredo, 2500 Zacatecas St.

What to expect
The outreach clinics include an epilepsy specialist physician, a case manager, social worker and a medical assistant. While Drs. Lie and Morgan provide diagnosis, treatment and medication management, the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas provides information, direct assistance, social services, referrals, employment preparation and many more services to those diagnosed with epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a lifelong medical condition that is best treated in an outpatient clinic by physicians, such as Drs. Lie and Morgan, who have specialized training in epilepsy. Without access to specialty care, patients have poor seizure control and are unable to drive, have difficulty holding jobs and are at-risk for seizure-related sudden death.

The neurologists at UT Medicine are part of the South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in San Antonio, which is nationally accredited for the treatment of epilepsy. The center is a partnership between University Health System and the UT Health Science Center. The center received a Level 4 designation, which is the highest designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.

 
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