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University Hospitals Neurology
At University Hospitals Neurological Institute, a team of nationally recognized experts, led by Director, Nicholas Bambakidis, MD, deliver comprehensive, coordinated care for disorders of the brain and nervous system.
Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the finest neurology and neurosurgery programs in the country, UH Neurological Institute delivers innovative, integrated and individualized care to patients with diseases affecting the nervous system at convenient locations throughout northern Ohio.
With 13 centers of excellence, UH Neurological Institute delivers individualized treatment, innovative techniques and access to some of the most innovative research designed to advance the science of neurological medicine.
For example, we are the only U.S. hospital offering multiple hippocampal transection as a surgical solution to eliminate seizures and effectively cure epilepsy. Also, we were the first in the world to test diaphragm pacing stimulation. This technique can slow the rate of breathing failure in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Benefits of UH Neurological Institute
- Patient-centered care: Our team of specialists works together, along with the patient’s primary care doctor, to achieve the best possible outcomes.
- A team of more than 100 highly trained specialists in the following areas:
- Other related specialties
- System-wide collaboration: When treating children, our physicians work with the pediatrics specialists at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. If cancer is involved, the team works with experts at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.
- Innovative, noninvasive technologies: More precise than traditional treatments, these procedures often result in shorter recoveries and fewer complications. They include CyberKnife®, Gamma Knife and the NeuroBlate® System.
- Nurses with special training in the neurosciences
- A thriving research program that is committed to quickly turning new discoveries into better patient care
Neurological Centers of Excellence Deliver Comprehensive Patient Care
UH Neurological Institute’s centers of excellence are focused on investigating and developing advanced treatments for neurological disorders. The following list includes a link to each center:
- Brain Health & Memory Center
The internationally known specialists at UH Neurological Institute’s Brain Health & Memory Center are at the forefront of research, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of memory and cognitive disorders. With a commitment to holistic patient care, our multidisciplinary team provides cutting-edge evaluation and advanced therapies for patients suffering from conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and short- and long-term memory loss. Our team is leading the way in research, both in learning more about certain neurological diseases and developing promising new therapies to treat various disorders. The Brain Health & Memory Center is also committed to providing support, assistance and resources to help families dealing Alzheimer’s and other conditions. Learn more about how we treat brain health and memory disorders.
- Brain Tumor & Neuro-Oncology Center
University Hospitals Neurological Institute’s Brain Tumor & Neuro-Oncology Center offers the most advanced diagnostic and treatment services for adults and children with both benign and malignant brain tumors. Our experts collaborate with the nationally recognized specialists at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and develop highly personalized treatment plans for every patient. Patients can also participate in clinical trials that give them access to new treatments that may not be available at other hospitals. Learn more about how we treat brain tumors.
- Community Neurology Center
UH Neurological Institute’s Community Neurology Center provides patients with all the expertise, services and testing of our Institute at convenient, close-to-home locations. The neurologists and neurosurgeons at our community facilities have access to a team of other specialists to help diagnose and treat a variety of neurological disorders. Combined with state-of-the-art technology for diagnostics and treatment, our integrated approach ensures that each patient receives comprehensive, individualized care. The Community Neurology Center services include back, spine and brain surgery, and treatment for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, migraines and stroke. Learn more about how we treat general neurological conditions.
- Comprehensive Stroke Center
UH Neurological Institute’s Comprehensive Stroke Center has the country’s highest designation available for stroke centers, and it is the largest and most experienced program in northeast Ohio dedicated to caring for stroke patients. Partnered with Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, our experts are engaged in research aimed at improving care. Our physicians specialize in managing diseases in patients who are high-risk and our rehabilitation specialists use state-of-the-art techniques to help speed up recovery. Learn more about how we treat stroke and neurovascular conditions.
- Epilepsy Center
The Epilepsy Center at the UH Neurological Institute is nationally recognized as one of the best in the country for treating seizure disorders in both adults and children. Our epilepsy specialists take an integrated, patient-based approach to care, evaluating each case and devising a treatment plan that will work best for each patient. The center’s researchers have pioneered new medical therapies and surgical procedures for epilepsy, and clinical trials allow patients to have access to some of the newest, most innovative treatments around. Working hand in hand with Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, the Epilepsy Center’s goal is to help patients live seizure-free lives by providing them with world-class care. Learn more about how we treat epilepsy.
- Functional & Restorative Neurosurgery
UH Neurological Institute’s Functional & Restorative Neurosurgery Center is dedicated to the restoration of function affected by neurological disease and the development of new technologies to improve brain health and optimize the quality of life for patients with neurological disease or disorders. Learn more about our Functional & Restorative Neurosurgery Center.
- Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Program
University Hospitals’ Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Program diagnoses and treats patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other neuroimmunological conditions. Learn how we treat multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology disorders.
- Music & Medicine Center
The Music and Medicine Center at UH Neurological Institute is a unique program dedicated to diagnosing and treating music-related injuries and medical problems. A collaboration between University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University, the center uses coordinated efforts to advance the knowledge in the field of music and medicine. Through patient care and research, the Music and Medicine Center hopes to improve understanding on how music affects the body and to develop technology that will enhance health through music. Learn more about how we treat music related medical problems.
- Neurocritical Care Center
Critically ill patients with neurological or neurosurgical disease receive superior, specialized care at UH Neurological Institute’s Neurocritical Care Center. Our staff of highly trained neurological and critical care specialists uses the most advanced techniques and technology to treat patients, providing exceptional care while placing emphasis on the patient and his or her individual needs. Learn more about how we treat conditions that require neurocritical care patients.
- Neurological & Behavioral Outcomes Center
The Neurological & Behavioral Outcomes Center is a collaboration between UH Neurological Institute and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and is devoted to analyzing and improving patient outcomes. Our team of leading neurological specialists utilizes some of the latest innovations in clinical care. The center is working to advance patient care in the areas of brain tumors, epilepsy, memory and cognition and stroke. Learn more about our Neurological & Behavioral Outcomes Center.
- Neuromuscular Center
UH Neurological Institute’s Neuromuscular Center is one of the top institutions in the country for treating a host of complex neuromuscular and autonomic disorders. Led by some of the most respected physicians in the field, the Neuromuscular Center offers innovative diagnostic and therapeutic services for conditions such as muscular dystrophies, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to help improve our patients’ quality of life. Learn more about how we treat neuromuscular conditions.
- Neuropsychiatry Center
The Neuropsychiatry Center at UH Neurological Institute specializes in treating psychological problems that can occur in patients with neurological disorders. Our nationally recognized neuro-psychiatrists provide high-quality care for both adults and children who suffer from such co-occurring disorders, helping to improve function and reduce the rates of complications. Learn more about how we treat neuropsychiatric conditions.
- Neuroscience Nursing Practice Center
The goal of the Neuroscience Nursing Practice Center is to research, develop and apply the most advanced neuroscience nursing practices available in order to provide patients with a superior level of care. The center is dedicated to bridging the gap between research and clinical practice, providing patients with the tools and support they need and developing relationship for improved outcomes. Our clinical staff strives to apply these neuroscience nursing techniques through every step of the treatment process, from initial diagnosis through follow-up visits. Learn more about our Neuroscience Nursing Practice Center.
- Parkinson's & Movement Disorders Center
The Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center is dedicating to diagnosing, evaluating and delivering therapeutic services for a range of neurological movement disorders. The longest-running program in Ohio devoted solely to movement disorders, our specialists care for patients with conditions such as Dystonia, Essential tremors, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, spasticity and Tourette syndrome. Learn more about how we treat movement disorders.