Welcome to the Department of Neurology!
The Department of Neurology was created to advance clinical, educational and research activities in neurology at the UMKC School of Medicine.
The department includes clinical, research and teaching faculty at Truman Medical Centers (TMC) and at our major affiliated clinical sites: Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, and the Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical Center.
Our first priority is to provide state-of-the-art neurological care to all of our patients, whether we are treating individuals with highly complex conditions or less complicated clinical problems. Our clinical care encompasses all neurological diseases, including disorders of the brain, such as stroke, seizures, traumatic brain injury, tumors, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease; disorders of the spine/spinal cord, muscles, neuro-muscular junction, spinal-peripheral nerves, such as neuropathy, myopathy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and myasthenia gravis; infectious diseases of the nervous system; genetic and paroxysmal disorders.
As part of an academic medical center, our physicians stay abreast of the latest research, diagnosis, and treatment science in the wide universe of neurological diseases and disorders. This commitment, which includes collaborating with our affiliated hospitals to create continuing medical education courses, makes us particularly adept in distinguishing between different conditions and offering the very best care to our patients.
Our clinicians are also teachers and scholars. We are dedicated to conducting world-class research and to educating the next generation of physicians and allied health professionals. We are also committed to providing education within the community and to caregivers.
I hope you enjoy learning about our department!
The vision is to advance the health care of patients with neurological diseases, to improve medical education and foster academic neuroscience, including research, in the state of Missouri.
The department’s mission is to provide exceptional clinical care for patients with neurological disorders and to provide the basic and clinical neuroscience education for the next generation of physicians.
- Students win awards in Missouri ACP poster competitionDanielle Cunningham placed third with her poster, Neuroradiologic characteristics of astrobastoma and systemic review of the literature: 2 new cases and 125 cases reported in 59 publications.
- Collaborate with Radiology, virtually anywhereDr. Doug Rivard and his Radiology team can’t be in person everywhere at once to read images, but the Polycom “Real Presence” tool installed on every Children’s Mercy Hospital PC makes radiologists available to collaborate with providers virtually anywhere, anytime.
- UMKC Student receives Sarah Morrison Scholarship for “Neuroradiologic Characteristics of Astroblastoma” research projectThe Office of Student Research has selected seven students to receive the October 2015 Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. Among the recipients is Danielle Cunningham, who completed a month of research working on a project with UMKC faculty members Lisa Lowe, MD, and Natasha Acosta, MD.
- Walker to chair case-based review course for national radiology conferenceThe American Roentgen Ray Society has honored Chris Walker, M.D., assistant professor of radiology. He will serve as the thoracic imaging section chair for the organization’s case-based review course at next spring’s 2016 national meeting in Los Angeles.