Neurology & Neurological Sciences Divisions & Programs
Neurology Clinical Appointments can be made at (650) 723-6469
The Stanford Autonomic Disorders Clinic provides comprehensive evaluation of all autonomic disorders. We offer complete autonomic testing in our state of the art autonomic lab, one of the few in the country with thermoregulatory sweat testing capability. Currently we are the only active program of its kind on the West Coast. We closely coordinate care with other specialty clinics including gastroenterology, cardiology, pain management, and sleep medicine. Our clinical practice utilizes both physician and advanced care practitioners to provide collaborative and comprehensive clinical care. In addition, we actively participate in clinical research studies on various autonomic disorders.
Stanford Child Neurology aims to advance novel and interdisciplinary research and treatment for children with common to rare disorders of the nervous system. We provide comprehensive care to children in Northern California and beyond more globally. We offer subspecialty clinics in brain tumors, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, neonatal and fetal neurology, movement disorders, stroke, neurogenomics, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, neuro-immunology, neurogenomics, neuro-psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, and headache.
Stanford offers a Level IV (highest level) comprehensive epilepsy center. Patients are seen in clinics to properly diagnose and classify the type of epilepsy that they have or conditions that may imitate epilepsy. Management options include antiepileptic medications and in suitable cases, neurosurgery to treat the epilepsy. Stanford is the world leader in the new treatment method of neurostimulation to prevent seizures. Stanford has expertise with conditions, such as depression and anxiety that commonly accompany epilepsy. Pediatric Neurology manages a successful Division for children with epilepsy. Stanford has for decades comprised one of the foremost epilepsy research programs, dedicated to finding the next generation of treatments and cures.
Stanford Comprehensive Neurology Program provides comprehensive care to a diverse group of patients with neurological disorders, encompassing those with common neurological diseases as well as others with complex disorders that require close coordination with other specialists. We take full advantage of the rich milieu of Stanford Neurology to deliver first-rate patient care. The clinical practice in addition provides an important venue for neurology residents to work closely with faculty mentors to gain a broad-based experience in the longitudinal management of neurological disorders.
The Stanford Global Health Neurology Program aims to improve neurological care globally by building neurology capacity through sustainable and collaborative educational and research programs at partner institutions in resource limited settings. The program emphasizes clinical bedside teaching as well as design thinking to create and implement projects with low-cost, sustainable impacts. Global Health Scholars have traveled to Haiti, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Ghana, with successes such as creation of the first stroke center in Zimbabwe.
The Headache and Facial Pain Program brings together a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and management of Headache and related disorders. We utilize the vast resources of the Stanford Hospitals and Clinics to bring board-certified headache specialists, pain specialists, psychologists, psychiatrists, physical therapists, and integrative medicine practitioners together to develop personalized solutions to the most complicated conditions. In addition to our active consultative in-patient and out-patient programs, we have infusion centers, active clinical and translational research projects and ongoing clinical trials in which our patients may participate if they choose. It is the goal of the Headache Division to provide the best and most advanced diagnosis and care for patients referred to our program. We do not use any opioids in our treatment plans and strive to integrate changes in lifestyle with the latest pharmacologic and alternative approaches.
The Stanford Center for Memory Disorders cares for patients with a range of cognitive disorders including Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewy Body Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, and mild cognitive impairment. Our physicians work side-by-side with a team of neuropsychologists, nurse specialists, and social workers to provide an accurate diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, and help the patient and family with the social challenges that commonly arise in these disorders.
The Stanford Movement Disorders Center provides excellence in comprehensive medical and neurosurgical care for patients with a wide variety of movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Essential Tremor, Dystonia, Huntington’s disease, Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy/Corticobasal Syndrome, Ataxia, Tics/Tourette’s syndrome, and many others. We are at the forefront clinical and translational research providing opportunities for interested patients to be involved with clinical research and interventional clinical trials. We prioritize education for our patients and community while providing wellness and lifestyle classes geared toward people with movement disorders.
The Stanford Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics Program is a collaborative effort amongst multiple clinics, research laboratories and other medical professionals at Stanford who specialize in neurogenetic conditions that affect children and adults. In the Adult and Pediatric Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics clinics, we evaluate, diagnose and provide comprehensive care including genetic counseling and testing for rare neurologic disorders. Our research collaborators include basic science, translational and clinical researchers who share the common goal of better understanding the disorders we diagnose and manage with the ultimate goal of developing and providing novel treatments and cures. We coordinate with other specialists to ensure optimal care for each patient and their families.
Our Division is responsible for the care, treatment, research and education of conditions where the human immune system disrupts the human nervous system to cause disease or disorder. The most common of these conditions is Multiple Sclerosis, but also includes Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), transverse myelitis, optic neuritis, neurosarcoidosis, immune-mediated encephalitides, and neurological manifestations of systemic auto-immune disease. Our treatment goal for all patients in our care is that they live at their highest level of wellness. We consider patients on an individualized, holistic basis and employ a comprehensive inter-disciplinary team approach to care. We expect the patient will be an active participant in their own care, and accept it as our proper responsibility that teaching and empowerment are to be shared with our patients as freely as prescription medication. We have earned the highest distinctions from the National MS Society and the Consortium of MS Centers, and are regarded as a national leader in patient care, research, and medical education within our subspecialty.
The Stanford Neurohospitalist Program was founded in 2014 and has quickly risen to national prominence as a center for the multidisciplinary care of acutely ill, clinically complex patients with neurologic disease. Our diagnostic expertise in evaluating patients with multisystem disease and experience in treating both acute primary neurologic disease as well as neurologic complications of systemic disease is sought out by teams from all disciplines in the hospital and neurologists across the region and even internationally. Our faculty is deeply invested in patient safety & quality improvement for neurology patients, having led multiple successful innovations including care pathway development, improving timely appointments and communication post discharge, reducing unnecessary labs and procedures, and improving the experience for hospitalized neurology patients.
The Stanford Neuro-Oncology Program is a multidisciplinary, collaborative group dedicated to understanding and treating brain tumors and neurological problems associated with cancer. In patient care, the neuro-oncology team employs a high-tech, high-touch approach to treating patients, in recognition of the particular needs of those who have cancers involving the neurological system. In research, the division supports investigations into the cellular biology of brain cells and brain cancers, the role of imaging and cell markers in early detection of brain cancers, and whole-genome analysis of gliomas and other cancers. The division also conducts clinical trials aimed at trying to improve outcomes for neuro-oncological disorders.
The neuro-ophthalmology service takes care of patients with loss of vision, double vision, eye movement abnormalities, infection, inflammation, and other conditions. In addition to comprehensive clinical assessments of visual acuity, we also provide state-of-the-art clinical testing of the nerves of the eye and enhance public awareness of neuro-ophthalmologic diseases through education and research.
Stanford University Medical Center is renowned for its premier program in intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM), which was one of the first to obtain formal accreditation nationwide. The comprehensive clinical service is very active, led by a dedicated team of five neurologists that assist in a wide diversity of surgeries for both pediatric and adult populations.
The Stanford Neuromuscular Disorders Program conducts comprehensive clinics, laboratory testing, research, teaching, and clinical trials in neuromuscular diseases. Stanford treats patients with muscle, neuromuscular junction and peripheral nerve disorders in our weekly outpatient Neuromuscular Disorders Clinic and Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)/ALS Clinic. In addition to clinic consultation, we provide a full range of services including electromyography and nerve conduction study, autonomic function testing, muscle, nerve and skin biopsy, physical & occupational therapy, as well as other services available at Stanford University Medical Center.
Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships. Neuropsychologists use objective, psychometrically validated measures to assess individuals’ cognitive and psychological functioning The Stanford Neuropsychology Service provides neuropsychological evaluations for patients with concerns about their cognitive functioning. We provide detailed assessment of multiple domains including learning and memory, attention, executive functioning, language, spatial abilities, and mood in order to assist with differential diagnosis and treatment planning. Our neuropsychologists have specialized expertise in assessing cognitive functioning in individuals with a wide range of neurological conditions. These include traumatic brain injury, concussion, encephalitis, brain tumors, neurodegenerative disorders, stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, and multiple sclerosis. We work closely with several multidisciplinary programs, including the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Stanford Memory Disorders Center, Stanford Center for Movement Disorders, and Stanford Concussion Clinic.
The Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) is part of a nationwide network supported by the National Institutes of Health. These centers work together to support research to improve diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related brain disorders. The Stanford ADRC focuses on mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and healthy brain aging.
The Pacific Udall Center is a collaboration among Stanford University, the University of Washington, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Oregon Health & Science University, and the Portland VA Medical Center. This multidisciplinary program brings together academic, clinical, and research experts in the fields of movement disorders, memory disorders, and brain aging to study cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease.
The Stanford Stroke Center is recognized as a world leader in stroke research and treatment. The Center has pioneered major breakthroughs in stroke imaging, treatment and prevention of stroke as well as major advances in neurocritical care, neurosurgical techniques, and interventional neuroradiologic procedures. Recently, Stanford Stroke Center research led to an extension of the treatment window for selected stroke patients from 6 to 24 hours.