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Department of

Neurology & Rehabilitation Medicine 


Welcome to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, a key part of the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute within UC Health.

Our department was established in 1947 by Charles Aring, MD, who also started the neurology department at the University of California at San Francisco several years previously.

The UC Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine provides subspecialized care for patients with stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and related cognitive disorders, diseases of the nerves and muscles (such as ALS and muscular dystrophies), musculoskeletal disorders, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, headache and pediatric neurology, as well as other neurologic disorders.  We are closely linked with the divisions of child neurology and pediatric rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which have one of the largest groups of pediatric neurologists as well as pediatric physiatrists in the United States.

Our UC Stroke Team, founded as the first multidisciplinary stroke team in the U.S. during the mid-1980s, provides in-person on-site stroke evaluation for acute stroke therapy 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 15 regional hospitals, as well as telephone consultation at more than 20 other regional hospitals.  The team has extensive clinical and translational research, including recently being awarded the role of Coordinating Center for the NINDS StrokeNET as well as one of 20 regional StrokeNET centers. Fellowship training is offered in an ACGME-approved vascular neurology training program.

The UC Epilepsy Center is known worldwide for clinical trial studies of new antiepileptic drugs and has been a pioneer in the use of EEG monitoring in the ICU to detect non-convulsive status. We remain an extremely active clinical center for surgical and nonsurgical epilepsy treatment, including a very busy continuous EEG monitoring program. We have innovative research programs related to the effects of stress and the autonomic nervous system on epilepsy. We have recently been approved for fellowship training in an ACGME-approved epilepsy training program.

Our UC Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders is home to one of the premier multidisciplinary teams and programs for deep brain stimulation. This outstanding clinical program is also home to an extensive clinical and translational research enterprise that encompasses many aspects of movement disease (motor symptoms, non-motor symptoms, etc.).  We offer fellowship training in a UCNS-approved movement disorders training program.

The UC Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis, the first named center for the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, provides outstanding care for patients with MS. We are also continuing to build translational research, and have been a national leader so far in an ongoing trial for progressive MS as part of the NeuroNEXT network.

Our Neuromuscular Division is the only regional Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Center, located at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Our center includes a multi-disciplinary ALS clinic and a new autonomic lab that is just opening (based at West Chester Medical Center). Research interests include ALS, myasthenia gravis, use of ultrasound for neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment, autonomic dysfunction and neuropathies. We have recently been AGCME approved for fellowship training in neuromuscular medicine.

Our Behavioral Neurology division sees patients with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and people experiencing cognitive decline due to neurodegenerative and/or other causes. We provide multidisciplinary care in cooperation with Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychology and are working closely with the UC Health Primary Care Network to promote brain health. Research interests include effects of (and overlap of) sleep disorders with neurodegenerative conditions, genetics, innovative therapeutics and neuroimaging.

Our Neurocritical Care division is a collaboration with neuro-intensivists with appointments in Neurology, Emergency Medicine and Pulmonology. In addition, this division includes our first neuro-hospitalist. We do offer fellowship training in neurocritical care.

Our Headache and Facial Pain Program is a multi-site and multidisciplinary approach to headache and facial pain. Care is provided for all conditions, and includes multidisciplinary collaboration with Neurosurgery, Anesthesia, Pain Medicine, Psychology and Integrative Medicine.

The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was created in 2013 when our departments merged into the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine. The division provides clinical care in inpatient (rehab unit and hospital consultation) and outpatient settings. We have expertise in stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injuries and musculoskeletal care. Some current areas of focus include a multidisciplinary approach to TBI across the spectrum of disease and the use of ultrasound in musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. 

We are closely linked with the division of child neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which has one of the largest groups of pediatric neurologists in the United States.

In addition, we provide inpatient neurologic consultation at UC Health University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Lindner Center of HOPE and Summit Behavioral Health Care.