Welcome to the Department of Neurology. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing the very best neurological care. Our first priority is to provide state-of-the –art neurological care to our patients, whether we are treating individuals with highly complex conditions or less complicated problems. Our clinical care encompasses all neurological problems that affects the brain – strokes, seizures, tumors, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or Alzheimer’s disease- and those that affects the spine, or the nerves or the arms and legs, such as neuropathy, which can cause numb feet or myopathy, which can cause weakness or difficulty walking.
Our clinicians are also scholars, dedicated to conducting world-class research and to educating the next generation of physicians and health professionals. All of our neurologists have advanced training in one or in multiple subspecialty areas; all of our faculty are board-certified (or board-eligible).
- Epilepsy (Seizure Disorder) Clinics
- New and Follow-up patients
- Outpatient EEG studies & Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
- Vascular Neurology Clinics & Laboratory
- New and Follow-up patients
- Transcranial Doppler Studies
- Cognitive & Memory Disorders Clinics with Neuropsychological Testing
- New and Follow-up patients
- Neuropsychological testing
- Neuromuscular Disorders and Peripheral Neuropathies
- Neuromuscular Clinic with Neurodiagnostic Procedures
- Other disorders – Myasthenia gravis, Multiple sclerosis, Spinal Cord injury
- Comprehensive Clinic with MD, NP, Social Worker, Nurse, Rehabilitation
- Monthly clinics with planned Infusion therapy (Monday – Friday)
- Transitioning Adolescent Patients from Children’s Mercy Hospital to TMC
We offer these Neurodiagnostic testing services at Hospital Hill.
- Electroencephalography (EEG) – provides an electrical recording of the activity of the brain. This test is often performed when patients experience a brief staring spell/seizure or have profound confusion. Electrodes are placed on your scalp and transmit the electric activity to a computer to record and visualize ongoing brain activity. Certain conditions, such as seizures, can alter the normal pattern of brain activity. In neurology EEG are mainly used in the care of patients suffering from epilepsy or seizures, but are also often ordered for patties with tumors, traumatic brain injury, and post-strike. Patients with disorders of learning and memory, like Alzheimer’s often have adage as part of the diagnostic evaluation.
- Electromyography (EMG) – provides a recording of the electrical activity of the muscles. This is often performed when patients experience weakness of the hand, arm, or leg.
- Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) – provides a recording of how the nerves conduct electoral potential. This test is often performed when patients experience numbness and is usually performed at the same office visit as the EMG. EMG and NCV studies aid with the diagnosis pf peripheral nerve injury or compression (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), nerve root injury (such as sciatica), and with other problems of the muscles (muscular dystrophy) or nerves (diabetic neuropathy). These procedures can also help diagnose less common neurological conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and myasthenia gravis.
- Neuroimaging – Many patients with neurological conditions require radiological studies such as MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or CT (Computerized Tomography) scans. The MRI and CT scans operate differently, and are suited for different types of diagnoses. Both of these diagnostic studies can be used to view the brain, spine and injuries of the head, neck, and back. Clinical scans show the anatomy or structure of the brain. Some imaging studies can show bring function or dysfunction, including changes in blood flow. Our clinicians work very closely with neuroradiology to provide the most up-to-date imaging studies to enhance patient care.
Truman Medical Centers
Truman Medical Centers (TMC) Hospital Hill is a busy, urban hospital that provides a broad array of acute and outpatient services to a diverse patient population. The medical center is known for excellence in emergency and Level I trauma services, and is also recognized for programs in asthma, chronic disease management, diabetes, emergency medicine, obstetrics and high risk obstetrics, ophthalmology, and women’s health. It is the busiest Adult Level I Trauma Center in Kansas City with its emergency department averaging nearly 70,000 visits annually.
On an annual basis, the 308-bed medical center admits more than 11,500 patients, provides more than 206,000 outpatient visits and performs approximately 111,000 radiology examinations. TMC has 329 physicians on staff, and is physically connected to Children’s Mercy Hospital and the UMKC School of Medicine, which includes a complete Health Science Library, research facilities & conference sites.
Truman Medical Centers (TMC) Lakewood, located in Eastern Jackson County, is the setting for the UMKC School of Medicine Department of Community and Family Medicine. With 103 patient care beds and 212 long-term care beds in the Lakewood Care Center, TMC Lakewood is known for providing comprehensive health care to a diverse patient population.
The Lakewood Care Center is the only long term care center in the Kansas City area based in an inpatient setting. Lakewood Care Center provides residents access to acute and specialty care services on site. A Board Certified Geriatric Specialist serves as the full-time Medical Director, overseeing all patient care services. This 212-bed fully accredited long-term care center provides each resident with a fully furnished room and bath. A dedicated 20-bed Alzheimer’s/Dementia Unit is located within the care center as well. Many specialty services are provided on-site and include: Audiology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Mental Health Services, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pulmonary, Rehabilitation Services, and Sleep Medicine.
About Behavioral Health
TMC Behavioral Health delivers services through community outreach clinics in the Kansas City metropolitan area as well as at our main location in the Crossroads Art District. Our unique role as a hospital-based mental health center supports a whole-person, integrated health model of service delivery that is increasingly the standard of best practice for healthcare.
All of our mental health services are aimed at assisting clients in managing the symptoms of their illness and in improving functioning in their day-to-day lives. Services also provide the support many persons with mental illness need to regain a sense of meaning and purpose in life. If you need help with mental health or substance abuse issues, TMC Behavioral Health is here for you.
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
Saint Luke’s Health System is a faith-based, not-for-profit, aligned health system committed to the highest levels of excellence in providing health care and health-related services in a caring environment. Saint Luke’s Health System includes 10 hospitals across the Kansas City region, home care and hospice, behavioral health care, dozens of physician practices, and more.
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, one of our major academic and clinical training sites, and is the site of the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute. Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City has served the health care needs of a growing Kansas City for more than 130 years. The region’s only heart transplant program, and one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular disease outcome research programs is based at the Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. Treatment for complex brain and spinal cord diseases, and the nation’s leading stroke reversal program dedicated to preventing and treating stroke is based at Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute. Other specialized clinical services include: a Level I Trauma Center, Level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Women’s Services, Pain Management Center, comprehensive cancer program at the Cancer Institute, Regional Arthritis Center, Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Children’s S.P.O.T. (speech, physical and occupational therapy program), and kidney and heart transplantation programs.
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City is a 629-bed tertiary care referral center serving a six-state region, admitting approximately 20,000 patients annually. Saint Luke’s has 466 physicians on staff.
Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute
Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, the only dedicated neuroscience hospital in Kansas City, opened in 2013. The facility brings together leading-edge diagnostics, treatment, and surgical services in one convenient location on the Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City campus. An acclaimed team of brain and stroke experts offers: the region’s most advanced stroke care providing stroke reversal therapies and treatment to more than 1,500 patients each year, a Level IV Comprehensive Epilepsy Center offering advanced diagnostics and surgical intervention for people living with epilepsy, a neurorehabilitation and physical medicine program designed to help patients return to the highest level of functioning possible, and the Midwest Ear Institute, a leader in advancing cochlear implant technology, offering a broad range of services to people suffering from hearing and balance disorders.
The team at Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute includes: Neurologists dedicated to treating the full range of neurological conditions, a subspecialty-trained team of neurosurgeons, and specialists in interventional neuroradiology, neuro-otology, neuro-rehabilitation, psychiatry, and sleep medicine.
U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Hospitals recognized Saint Luke’s Hospital for excellence in neurology and neurosurgery.
Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Research Medical Center
Founded more than 125 years ago, Research Medical Center has become one of the crown jewels in the HCA Midwest Health System. Research Medical Center is among the only tertiary care centers serving Kansas City proper. Over the past century, this institution has built a tradition of serving residents in Kansas City and a 150-mile surrounding region with exceptional patient care and leading technology. The 490-bed facility features a broad range of highly specialized, state-of-the-art services as well as being a Level I Trauma Center.
Research Medical Center provides award-winning care and has received the Get With The Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement award; Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure-Gold Plus; and the Get With the Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus from the American Heart Association.
The Neurosciences program at Research Medical Center includes a multidisciplinary team engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease. This team includes: neurologists, neurosurgeons, oncologists and neuroradiologists.
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Children’s Mercy Kansas City is one of the country’s leading free-standing independent pediatric medical centers with 319 licensed beds, more than 40 pediatric subspecialty clinics, a Level IIIc intensive care nursery and the only Level I pediatric trauma center between St. Louis and Denver. The hospital’s faculty of more than 400 pediatric subspecialists is one of the largest in the country and is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric specialists. The hospital’s leadership in personalized medicine and genomics is driving research and innovation here and around the world in areas such as cancer treatment, heart care and neonatology, and helping to redefine pediatric medicine.
The Division of Neurology provides a family-centered, interdisciplinary approach to encourage parents and families to make informed decisions while promoting health, optimal function, and quality of life in children with pediatric neurological disorders. The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is nationally recognized and one of only a dozen pediatric centers in the country.
The Division of Neurology has 11 physicians who are board-certified in neurology. They have special expertise in neurophysiology, neuro-developmental disabilities and headaches. Three physicians have additional board certification in neurophysiology, and one has additional board certification in neuro-developmental disabilities. Children’s Mercy Hospital Division of Neurology has a child neurology fellowship program and three administrative staff members.