CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia Health System has been recognized for its treatment of a condition that can cause seizures, paralysis and bleeding in the brain.

According to a release, the Angioma Alliance has given the health system its highest designation as a Center of Excellence for its care of cerebral cavernous malformations, which are irregular collections of blood vessels in the brain.

The health system was first recognized as  Clinical Center in 2018 after it created a multidisciplinary treatment team that is dedicated to this disease.

The release says UVA Health is the only Angioma Alliance Center of Excellence in Virginia and the southeastern United States.

“Being recognized as a Center of Excellence took a lot of hard work and collaboration from many people here at UVA Health,” said Min Park, MD, a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon and medical director of UVA’s cerebral cavernous malformation program. “I appreciate everyone on our team who works to provide high-quality care for patients with these malformations.”

In order to be granted this designation, the UVA team had to meet certain criteria, such as seeing more than 50 patients with the condition each year and offering a team of experts specializing in caring for such patients.

The UVA team includes a pediatric neurologist, a neurologist-ophthalmologist, cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, vascular neurologists, a dermatologist, and a medical geneticist.

The release says Centers of Excellence must also have an active research program that is working to improve care for patients with these malformations.

The UVA Health System is working on testing focused ultrasound as a potential treatment and UVA researchers are also studying calcium signaling in endothelial cells derived from the malformations.

Angioma Alliance is an international organization that is dedicated to improving the treatment of cerebral cavernous malformations. There are eight health systems in the country that are designated as Centers of Excellence.