Innovative Treatments, Caring Physicians
WVU Medicine Neurology offers patients a full spectrum of innovative therapies for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles, including stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular diseases and movement disorders.
In addition to these comprehensive clinical initiatives, we have expanded our treatment programs in pediatric neurology, neuro-oncology, and headache.
Each year, approximately 1,200 adult patients are admitted through our inpatient neurology service. Specialists in our outpatient neurology clinics see about 2,800 new patients each year, in addition to approximately 10,000 returning patients. Our board-certified physicians are sought-after consultants, providing about 1,600 neurology consultations annually.
Our staff is committed to providing the most up-to-date, comprehensive treatment. From the moment patients contact us, we make every effort to assess, diagnose and provide the most advanced medical care available in the region.
Therapy for Neuromuscular Diseases
Neuromuscular diseases comprise about 60 hereditary disorders that cause irreversible and chronic muscle degeneration. These include motor neuron diseases, muscular dystrophies, diseases of the neuromuscular transmission junction, peripheral nerve disorders, inflammatory myopathies, and some metabolic and endocrine disorders.
Although neuromuscular diseases cannot be cured, they can be managed. The goal of our neurology staff is to help patients with these disorders increase their quality of life by regaining and maintaining physical mobility. An example of this effort is the department’s new multidisciplinary clinic that allows patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, to meet once a month with experts in all aspects of the disease. The clinic emphasizes maintaining patients’ activity and teaching their families how to support them most effectively. We also offer clinics for patients with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases.
Conditions We Treat
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Dementia (Alzheimer’s disease)
- Head Trauma
- Huntington’s Disease
- Movement Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Neuromuscular Transmission Disorders
- Myasthenia gravis
- Neuropathy (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Pediatric Neurology
Dr. Ali Rezai, executive chair of the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, lays out his bold, new vision for neuroscience at WVU. Joining Dr. Rezai are WVU President Gorden Gee, Albert Wright, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia University Health System, and Clay Marsh, MD, vice president and executive dean for Health Science at WVU.
Research drives patient care at any large academic medical center. As stroke treatment has dramatically evolved in the past decade, WVU Medicine’s neurointerventionists have emerged as national leaders in their relatively new field. Here, Ansaar Rai, MD, WVU Medicine Radiology vice chair of clinical operations, discusses the past and present of stroke treatment.
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