Neurology

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Clinical Care

Neurology is a specialty that focuses on the human nervous system disorders. Physician educators in the Department of Neurology at IU School of Medicine are focused on better understanding neurological conditions in children, adolescents and adults in order to improve prevention and treatments. As part of the IU School of Medicine’s tripartite mission, the department is deeply involved in training the next generation of physicians and investigators in neurological care and research.

The Department of Neurology is located in the new IU Health Neuroscience Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient center that unites all the specialties that involve neuroscience, including neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neuropsychology and neuroradiology. It is also home of the main outpatient Neurophysiology (EEG, EMG and Evoked Potentials) laboratory at IU Health. The adjoining Indiana University Neurosciences Research building enables clinicians, basic scientists and physician scientists in the neurosciences to collaborate in research, education and patient care in an environment that is rarely achieved in academic medicine.

Residents in the Neurology Department at IU School of Medicine are accomplished graduate medical students with a passion to research and treat diseases of the nervous system. Consistent with national trends, about 80 percent of residency program graduates pursue fellowship training and have successfully secured post-residency training at Indiana University School of Medicine and other well-respected institutions throughout the United States.

Movement Disorders

The Department of Neurology’s Movement Disorders Program provides state-of-the-art care for patients with a variety of involuntary abnormal movements, such as Parkinson disease, tremor, Huntington’s disease, Tourette syndrome, dystonia and tardive dyskinesia. In collaboration with the IU School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery, the IU Deep Brain Stimulation Program provides surgical therapy for patients with Parkinson Disease, essential tremor and dystonia.

Neurology Clinical Care Facilities

Patients with suspected or diagnosed neuromuscular disease are evaluated and managed by Department of Neurology physician specialists at the IU Health Neuroscience Center. The department’s neuro-oncology program combines the expertise of neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiation and medical oncologists to offer the latest treatment options for cancer patients. This program, focusing on patients with primary and metastatic tumors of the brain and spine, is exceptional in its ability to integrate all aspects of care, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Services include state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, such as electrodiagnosis, muscle and nerve biopsy, and genetic testing.

This tertiary referral center welcomes patients referred by other physicians throughout Indiana. The patient population tends to be complex, diagnostically challenging and in need of specialized therapies. University Hospital includes a dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit.

This is a large community hospital with patients referred by physicians throughout Indiana. The Methodist Hospital service includes several intensive care units and a large Neurology service.

A tertiary referral center for pediatric patients needing specialized treatments, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health includes an active Pediatric Stroke Program, an epilepsy monitoring unit, and several subspecialty ambulatory clinics. The IU Neurofibromatosis Clinic is based at this hospital and is the only clinic for comprehensive care of those with neurofibromatosis in the state of Indiana. The Center provides diagnosis, genetic counseling and management for patients of all ages with neurofibromatosis (NF). Patients with NF type 1, NF type 2 and schwannomatosis receive care.

Eskenazi Health Services serves residents of Marion County. The neurologic services at this facility consists of common inner-city acute care problems with an abundance of vascular disease, epilepsy and complications of general medical illness. In addition, afternoon outpatient clinics emphasize ambulatory neurology. Eskenazi Health also has a dedicated stroke unit.

The Richard Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a designated VA referral center with a broad spectrum of acute and chronic neurologic patients. Two half-day outpatient clinics are offered per week for neurology residents.

Outpatient clinics are focused on stroke prevention. Acute stroke evaluation and treatment begins in Emergency Departments with the collaboration of the emergency department staff and includes thrombolytic drugs and mechanical thrombectomy. Acute stroke care continues in specialized hospital units prepared to monitor acute stroke patients and take actions to limit complications. Rehabilitation services are an integral part of stroke care and include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy supervised by physiatrists.