Neurological disorders at Duke
Duke is home to one of the country’s leading neurology programs, with an expert team of specialists who offer the latest neurological care, including tests, treatments, and breakthrough research. When you come to Duke, you don’t just see a neurologist. Every aspect of our program is tailored to your needs with highly-specialized neurological care. Our epilepsy patients see epileptologists, our stroke patients receive careful treatment by certified stroke specialists, and our Alzheimer’s patients have access to geropsychology experts. Whatever your diagnosis, our treatment goal is the same: we want you to live the fullest life possible, free from debilitating symptoms, pain, and other side effects caused by neurological disorders.
- Top-ranked neurological care. Our neurology department is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Our team of specialists and our comprehensive treatment options for neurological disorders have helped us earn a number of important distinctions. We are a Comprehensive Stroke Center, National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, and Level 4 Center of Excellence for epilepsy.
- Sophisticated medical advances. Our team is dedicated to offering you access to the latest medical advances, including the anti-epileptic Vagus Nerve Stimulator, and the GE DaTscan for diagnosing Parkinson’s. For most conditions, we offer the newest drugs and therapies available today.
- Highly specialized team approach. We believe that the best results stem from comprehensive neurological care, involving a team of experts from many areas of medicine. In addition to our doctors - specially trained neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and neuropsychologists - our neurological care team includes a range of providers who help manage your symptoms, recovery and rehabilitation. They include physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers, nutritionists, and genetic counselors.
- Pioneers in neurology research. Many of the neurological disorders we treat, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy and ALS, have no cure. That’s why our research efforts are so important. Duke scientists are studying the genetics and root causes of these neurological disorders in order to develop more targeted and effective treatments for our patients and, hopefully, find cures.
- Comprehensive support programs. We know that neurological disorders can affect your quality of life and ability to perform basic daily tasks. We also understand that they can cause emotional –- and even financial -– burdens on family members. We believe it’s important to treat the entire person, not just the disease. That’s why we offer support groups, psychological support services, and in-depth patient education programs. Many of our support services are targeted at helping family members better care for loved ones diagnosed with a brain injury or neurological disorders.
- Advanced medical records technology. Our secure online portal, Duke MyChart, allows you to view test results, make appointments, request prescription refills, and message your doctor using any Web-enabled device. Our technology also allows anyone on your care team to securely access your health information, making sure you always get care that's right for you and based on the latest evidence.
- Palliative medicine. The debilitating effects of serious illness are often magnified by physical, mental and spiritual pain and suffering. Our palliative care experts partner with you, your family, and your medical team to help you find relief.