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 130 School of Medicine faculty members with primary academic appointments in the department and four outstanding teaching hospitals and health care systems. These include Stanford Health Care System with its new adult hospital (opening November 2019) and with clinics located throughout Northern California and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, with its new hospital having opened in 2018 and with clinics situated throughout Northern California. The Palo Alto VA is a top-tier modern, comprehensive veteran’s hospital which hosts many national academic clinical and research programs. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, our county hospital, is the second highest volume hospital in California, serving a diverse spectrum of patients with a vast array of neurologic disorders. The ongoing population growth in Northern California and the Bay Area along with the technology and economic leadership of Silicon Valley continue to support the robust development of our health care systems and have assured our status as one of the highest volume clinical neurology programs in the country. With over 60,000 patient visits during the past fiscal year, Stanford Neurology provides care for a large and highly diverse patient population and supports excellence in clinical care, education, and research.
Clinical services are offered by a full spectrum of divisions and programs within the Department including: General Neurology, Epilepsy, Stroke, Neurocritical Care, Neuro-hospitalist care, Movement Disorders, Memory Disorders, Neuro-immunology-Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular Diseases, Neuro-Oncology, Headache, Autonomic Disorders, Neuropsychology, and Intraoperative Monitoring. Robust divisions in Neuro-oncology, Autonomic Neurology, Headache, Intraoperative Monitoring and Neuro-hospitalist care are uncommon for US neurology departments and provide our residents and fellows with an exceptional breadth and depth of training while contributing to our goals of outstanding care. With more than 30 faculty, our Child Neurology Division is one of the largest in the country. The Department provides care and consultative services to a large number of patients referred from throughout the country, and many patients from the Pacific Rim and other international locations. Our skilled clinicians provide comprehensive care to a diverse mix of patients and emphasize monitoring and promotion of clinical quality and optimal outcomes, the use of multidisciplinary rounds for challenging cases, and deep collaborations across other medical specialties. We continue our emphasis on the traditional clinical skills and critical human components essential for exceptional patient care, while at the same time harnessing Stanford’s leadership in the rapidly emerging areas of brain circuit assessment and modulation, artificial intelligence, and digital health.
Our graduate medical educational programs offer outstanding, comprehensive, high-volume residency training in adult and child neurology, and post-residency clinical and research fellowship training in most neurological subspecialties. Teaching is a major priority for our faculty as highlighted by Stanford Neurology having been selected by Stanford medical students as the #1 clinical clerkship at Stanford for eight of the past nine years (AAMC annual survey for education quality). Residents and fellows work closely with faculty mentors in a rigorous and diverse clinical environment to optimize teaching. Many faculty members are international leaders in their field and provide direct personal and professional mentorship to trainees. The School of Medicine offers nationally renowned formal training for faculty and housestaff through the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers that allows them to develop their own teaching and mentoring skills. The Stanford Neurology program is unique in the degree to which it provides residents with choices, in the form of extensive elective time and opportunities for career-building scholarly projects. Trainees may participate in specialized Stanford programs ranging from Global Health Neurology to the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship program. Additional program strengths include our formal resident research curriculum, well-funded resident research tracks with mentored models designed to optimize transition from residency to fellowship and on to junior faculty positions, a formal neurology-specific trainee wellness and mentoring program, and rigorous clinical training. We are proud that many of the Department’s trainees and faculty alumni serve as department chairs, division chiefs and leaders in American neurology.
Research in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences hosts one of the top neurology research programs in the US with its faculty serving as leaders in many fields of neurology research. The department is currently ranked among the top 5 neurology departments in the US in NIH funding and has NIH and other formally designated Centers of Excellence in multiple areas. Our research activities cover a wide range of programs ranging from basic neuroscience studies, quantitative data sciences, translational studies, and clinical trials. In addition, Stanford University is well known for its outstanding, high-impact neuroscience community consisting of several hundred faculty including many international leaders in multiple areas. The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute integrates the entire neuroscience community and will soon be moving into its new complex currently adjacent to the School of Medicine and Medical Center. The School of Medicine, along with the Stanford adult and children's hospitals, are fortunate to be one of only 20% of medical school/hospital systems located on a main university campus. This allows for close integration of the Department with the considerable resources of Stanford University, an institution ranked among the top universities in the world and among the top two in the world in neuroscience. This combination of neuroscience critical mass, high caliber research, and direct, readily available interactions across a large range of campus disciplines makes possible a truly exceptional milieu for neurological research for our trainees and faculty. Our location at the center of the largest technology and biotechnology hub in the United States is yet another substantial resource in our research environment. The recent opening of the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center with its Neuro Clinical Trials Unit and the Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research provide an important home for one of the largest neurology clinical trial programs in the country, currently supporting over 120 clinical trials in neurology.
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