The Department of Neurology is committed to excellence in clinical care. We are proud of our ability to provide our patients with the very best care.
- Our Neuromuscular Disorders program includes a Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic that currently provides care to over 800 patients from throughout South Texas with one of 40 different neuromuscular diseases. This clinic has also been designated as one of 38 MDA/ALS Research Centers across the country. The neuromuscular program also maintains the South Texas Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Clinic which is one of 34 clinics in the nation accredited by the National ALS Association. This clinic is a multidisciplinary center which provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, speech pathology, dietary, social services, and psychological services in addition to neurological consultation. Electrodiagnostic services including nerve conduction studies, electromyography, repetitive nerve stimulation, and single fiber EMG are offered daily. The program conducts clinical research trials in a variety of neuromuscular diseases including ALS, myasthenia gravis, myotonic dystrophy, dermatomyositis, and peripheral neuropathy.
- The South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, a Level IV epilepsy program accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, is the only comprehensive epilepsy center in South Texas and serves a large population of adult and pediatric patients with seizures. Our facilities include outpatient clinics and an inpatient video monitoring unit for seizure characterization and evaluation of people with medically refractory seizures. Our epilepsy surgery program is one of the most active in Texas.
- A Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disorders program that is nationally and internationally known for clinical research in stroke prevention and treatment.
- Our Neuro-immunology program has focused on the neurological and psychiatric complications associated with systemic lupus erythematosis. Important insights have been uncovered as to the predictors and course of neuropsychiatric manifestation of SLE.
- The Department of Neurology is the major referral center for Neuro-ophthalmological problems in Central and South Texas.
- The Research Imaging Center (RIC) provides state of the art imaging capability. The RIC is composed of six divisions: 1) the Positron Emission Tomography Division; 2) the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Division; 3) the Electrophysiological Imaging Division; 4) the Biomedical Image Analysis Division; 5) the Administrative Division; and (6) the Technical Resources Division. This Center is a leader in the international cooperative Brain Mapping project.