Neurology and Neurosurgery

The brain is the most complex organ of the human body and requires sophisticated care when injury or disease strikes. Many patients diagnosed with neurological illnesses need advanced treatment options found only at a few hospitals in the country.

At University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, teams of world-class neurologists, neurosurgeons and other sub-specialists represent virtually all areas of expertise in the neurosciences field. They collaborate to explore every known solution for neurological problems such as stroke, brain tumor, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson's disease and often discover new approaches for patient care.

Our services for brain and nervous system disorders include:

Why Choose Us?

We have a superb clinical staff and a long history of leadership in studying disorders of the brain and nervous system. Patients come from around the world to be seen by our experts.

  • Our stroke program again appeared in the USA Today as part of an ad campaign by The American Heart Association, earning Comprehensive Stroke Center status, the highest level of stroke care certification. Comprehensive Stroke Center status identifies hospitals that meet standards for treating the most complex stroke cases.
  • We were the first hospital in Iowa to perform an auditory brain stem implant (1990-1999).
  • We were the first hospital to find conclusive signs of different brain activity in introverts and extroverts (1990-1999).
  • A UI team found a gene mutation associated with epilepsy.
  • The Department of Neurology is one of the three oldest in the country and its residency program was one of the first to be accredited in the 1920s.
  • UI Hospitals & Clinics is the only hospital in the United States with a high-fidelity driving simulator for assessing the safety of drivers with health problems such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, orthopaedic problems, and drug effects (2000-present).
  • The Neurosurgical Anesthesia Service at UI Hospitals & Clinics does more than 1,700 neurosurgical anesthetics per year, at all levels of complexity.
  • The UI Sleep Disorders Center was selected as a site for a drug study for people with persistent sleepiness.
  • Iowa Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is recognized by the NAEC as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy (2014).

Academic Departments that Provide Neurology and Neurosurgery Care

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