Understanding and treating neurological disorders

Welcome to the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford!

The Department has been a center of excellence for more than four decades and includes over 140 School of Medicine faculty members with primary academic appointments in the Department at our four outstanding teaching hospitals and health care systems. The Stanford Health Care (SHC) new 824,000 square-foot state-of-the-art hospital opened in 2019 with over 600 beds, making it one of the largest inpatient facilities in California. Ranked in the top 10 for Neurology and Neurosurgical Care by US News and World Report, SHC is at the cutting edge of the latest treatments for neurological diseases. SHC boasts a dedicated outpatient Stanford Neuroscience Health Center—a facility like no other on the West Coast—as well as clinics located throughout Northern California. With over 60,000 annual outpatient visits and thus one of the largest neurology volumes in the U.S., Stanford Neurology provides care for a large and highly diverse patient population and supports excellence in clinical care, education, and research.

Antonio Omuro, MD, FAAN
Chair, Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Joseph D. Grant Professor and Professor of Neurology

Neurology News

American Headache Society: Above and Beyond Award

Congratulations, Niushen Zhang, MD, FAHS, on receiving the 2024 American Headache Society: Above and Beyond Award. This award is to acknowledge an AHS member or other individual(s) who have provided significant service during the past 1-2 years.  

Interim Vice Chair Of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Neelam Goyal in her new role as Interim Vice Chair Of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for our department of Neurology.

2024 Grant Recipients- Juliet Knowles & Zach Grinspan

Dr. Juliet Knowles, MD, PhD, and Dr. Zach Grinspan, MD, MS, were awarded a Cure LGS 365 Grant for their study "Leveraging PELHS To Identify Risk Factors For Infantile Epileptic Spasm Syndrome (IESS) To Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) Progression." LGS is a severe form of epilepsy that begins in childhood and is associated with lifelong treatment-refractory seizures and disability.  

Seven Stanford faculty named AAAS Fellows

Tony Wyss-Coray, a faculty member at Stanford University, is among the newly named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has been recognized for his distinguished research on mechanisms of brain aging and neurodegeneration, the findings of which could lead to new biomarkers and treatments for a range of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

2024 AAN A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award

Congratulations Scheherazade Le, MD on receiving a 2024 AAN A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award. Excellent teachers deserve recognition for their contributions to improving neurology now and in the future. Teaching binds students, residents, faculty, other clinicians, researchers, and even patients, together and helps make our daily work more meaningful. This award demonstrates respect and appreciation for neurologic teaching. 

Why detecting the earliest biological signs of Parkinson’s disease is so crucial

Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, behind Alzheimer's disease, and affects nearly a million people in the United States. A new test can detect the biological signature of Parkinson’s disease before symptoms arise. Dr. Kathleen Poston explains why early diagnosis opens the door to better therapies.

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Awarded Magnet® Recognition

 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health announced that it has once again achieved Magnet recognition. This designation reflects its exemplary professional nursing practice, interprofessional teamwork and preeminent patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

NINDS K12 Child Neurology Career Development Awardee

Congratulations to Rebecca Levy MD, PhD on being named a CNCDP-K12 scholar beginning July 2024. Dr. Levy is a pediatric neurogeneticist and a physician-scientist who applies neural organoid models to understand and hopefully treat neurogenetic disorders of brain development. Her current focus is on the gene CACNA1C which codes for a calcium channel in the heart and the brain. Dr. Levy is the 5th NINDS K12 Child Neurology Career Development awardee in 7 years at Stanford. Other awardees include Juliet Knowles, Autumn Ivy, Elizabeth Mayne and Isha Srivastava. This is testimony to what an elite group of trainees and early investigators we have and how Stanford has become one of the very top programs nationally for early scholars. Congratulations!!

Reena Thomas appointed new senior associate dean for medical education

We're thrilled to announce the appointment of Reena Thomas as the new senior associate dean for medical education at Stanford School of Medicine, effective August 1. A recognized leader in medical education with remarkable achievements in cancer research, Thomas will succeed Neil Gesundheit who will continue at the School as a senior advisor. Join us in celebrating this transition, congratulating Thomas on her new role, and thanking Gesundheit for his significant contributions to our School of Medicine.


What really happens to our memory as we age?

A Q&A with Sharon Sha, MD, MS on dementia, healthy aging and memory loss — and how we can protect our brains in later life