About the Department of Neurology
The Estelle and Daniel Maggin Department of Neurology at The Mount Sinai Hospital is the oldest neurology department in the United States. Our inpatient neurology service opened in 1900 under the direction of Dr. Bernard Sachs, known for describing Tay-Sachs disease, and was the nation's first independent neurology service. Since then, the Department of Neurology has played a significant role in neurological research and treatment. Currently ranked 15th in the nation for neurological services 2014-2015 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report, the Department provides patients with a unique blend of personalized care and cutting-edge research. This integrated approach is instrumental in our pursuit of improving outcomes in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurological disorders.
Comprising several of the nation's top programs in research and patient care, the Department of Neurology receives annual research grants totaling more than $15 million, and is led by some of the most prominent figures in American neurology.
Neurology Centers and Programs
The Center for Cognitive Health The Center for Cognitive Health provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for memory disorders, dementias, traumatic brain injury, and other cognitive disorders. Our multidisciplinary team of neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, and patient care managers bridge the brain-related specialties to provide individualized comprehensive care. Our center is also one of five NFL Neurological Centers designated nationwide. Retired NFL players, once approved by the League, are offered state-of-the-art neurological, psychiatric, neuroradiological, and neuropsychological evaluation.
The Center for Headache and Pain Medicine The Center for Headache and Pain Medicine offers a multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic and acute headaches and other painful disorders of the skull, brain, and face in both adults and children. Specialists in Neurology; Pain Medicine; Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology); Ophthalmology; Psychiatry; and Rehabilitation Medicine are available to evaluate and treat individuals with these conditions.
The Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis The Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis is a leading comprehensive center, uniting the efforts of leading physicians and scientists from many disciplines to understand the causes and consequences of multiple sclerosis (MS). Our center provides services in all aspects of diagnosis, disease management, rehabilitation, and patient support, as well as the opportunity for patients to participate in potentially groundbreaking clinical trials.
The Epilepsy Center The Epilepsy Center provides expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and related disorders. Our center encompasses outstanding epileptologists, a new modern inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit, and full outpatient electroencephalography (EEG) and diagnostic capabilities, including home video EEG.
The Robert and John M. Bendheim Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center
The Robert and John M. Bendheim Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary centers for clinical care and translational research aimed at Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor, Huntington’s disease, restless legs syndrome, and others. Our center incorporates an unparalleled deep brain stimulation (DBS) program and is at the forefront in clinical trials and experimental therapeutics for movement disorders.
The Mount Sinai Stroke Center The Mount Sinai Stroke Center includes an outstanding team of medical experts who specialize in the most advanced approaches in the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of stroke. Services include the early diagnosis of stroke, advanced endovascular therapies, a specialized Neurointensive Care Unit, and an advanced inpatient stroke unit. Physicians are available at all times for emergency consultation with referring physicians. The Stroke Center was the first in New York State to be designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
The Division of Neuromuscular Diseases This Division of Neuromuscular Diseases provides diagnosis, clinical research trials, and comprehensive care for patients with disorders in neuromuscular transmission, muscle diseases, peripheral nerve problems, and spasticity resulting from stroke or other insults to the central nervous system.
ALS/Muscular Dystrophy Program Our ALS/Muscular Dystrophy Program offers diagnosis and treatment of muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Our clinical care team specializes in improving quality of life, while our scientists engage in both clinical and laboratory research aimed at finding better treatments and cures.
The Eye Movement and Vestibular Disorder Program The Eye Movement and Vestibular Disorder Program provides outstanding diagnosis and treatment for visual problems, balance problems, and motion sickness. Our physicians participate in NASA programs, employing technology used to assess these disorders in space and studying possible treatment applications on earth. Also offered is a ground-breaking treatment for Mal de Debarquement syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by feelings of bobbing or rocking.
The NeuroAIDS Program The NeuroAIDS Program provides diagnosis and treatment for neurological disorders associated with HIV disease. Our program is one of the few in the world to treat the various complications of the disease that affect the central and peripheral nervous systems in as many as 70 percent of patients.
The Neurological Tumor Program Physicians within this multispecialty program work together to provide outstanding care through state-of-the-art surgical procedures, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and supportive therapy. The program is world acclaimed for the treatment of pituitary adenomas, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, and brain tumors. Our physicians have pioneered the treatment of tumors with stereotactic radiosurgery and have developed a number of experimental treatment protocols to improve patients' lives.