The inaugural creation of the Neurological Institute at Houston Methodist Hospital in 2005 was the result of a commitment and mission to pioneer the translation of advances in basic science into meaningful therapies for neurological conditions while providing an environment that fosters the education and training of post-doctoral fellows, residents and students to develop into preeminent physicians and scientists of tomorrow.
The Neurological Institute is part of the Houston Methodist Research Institute which is a cornerstone of Houston Methodist Hospital's strategic vision for its future as a top-ranked academic medical center. It supports a collaborative atmosphere for senior and young investigators in various fields. The Institute’s founding chairs, Robert Grossman, M.D., and Stanley H. Appel, MD, director and chair of neurology, represent a broad spectrum of expertise and have led their departments at Houston Methodist for more than 25 years. They lead a core group of more than 50 neurologists, neurosurgeons and dozens of neuro-specialist staff, all collaborating to make the Neurological Institute the nation’s model for neurological diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials and research.
Houston Methodist Hospital is an adult, private, non-profit institution where residents will receive most of their training. It has earned worldwide recognition since it opened its doors in 1919. As a private, adult teaching hospital affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University, it offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. The hospital is recognized as one of the Best Hospitals in America with top national ranking in 12 specialties, including 11th ranking for neurology and neurosurgery. It is among the country's largest non-profit health care providers. Its medical staff, meanwhile, include dozens of physicians listed in The Best Doctors in America.
The hospital has 879 operational beds (1,352 licensed) with the full complement of medical services, including radiology, laboratory services, inpatient and out patient pharmacy, pathology, and social and rehabilitative services. There are two inpatient units of 48 beds primarily dedicated to neurology cases. There is a 24 bed outpatient workup unit in the West Pavilion 11th floor with an additional 4 beds dedicated to EMG. A Neurophysiology unit has a 7 bed capacity for epilepsy monitoring, video-EEG monitoring, sleep studies, and extended EEG studies. Houston Methodist Hospital has five intensive care units including units for coronary care, surgical intensive care, medical intensive care, and the 16 bed neurosurgical and neurology intensive care units. The outpatient clinic for neurology is located on the 8th floor of the Scurlock Towers, which is connected by a walkway to Houston Methodist Hospital. The 21,500 square foot space has 18 examination rooms and space for clinical research, muscle and nerve biopsies, and resident and administrative offices.
Residents will rotate on all adult inpatient/consult and outpatient services at Houston Methodist, including the vascular neurology, neuromuscular, headache/speech disorders, epilepsy, movement disorders, and general neurology services. All outpatient adult neurology clinics take place on the 8th floor of the Scurlock Tower, including specialty clinics, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) clinics, and resident continuity clinic.
The Neuroscience Center of the Childrens’ Memorial Hermann Hospital provides multidisciplinary care for a number of neurological disorders in children. The center combines the expertise of pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-radiologists, neuro-psychologists and neuro-oncologists to ensure coordinated care and education.
The Memorial Hermann Hospital is located adjacent to The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and is one-half mile from the Houston Methodist Hospital. It is a private, not-for-profit 655-bed hospital. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has 248 beds located on several floors of the Hermann Pavilion within Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. The inpatient units are located on the 9th and 10th floors and have 66 general care beds and 6 observation beds. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is located on the 9th floor and will have 20 beds. The Neonatal ICU is housed on the 7th floor and will have 130 beds. There is a 24 bed IMU available for floor or ICU beds. In addition, there is a 12 bed epilepsy monitoring unit for adult and pediatric epilepsy and sleep disorder cases on the third floor in the Jones Pavilion of the Hospital. Each PGY3 neurology resident will rotate for two weeks a month over 3 non-sequential months on the inpatient consult neurology service. The other two weeks a month the neurology residents will rotate on the outpatient service at various clinics.
San José Clinic, the original safety-net clinic in Houston, has steadfastly grown into a leading provider of quality healthcare services for individuals and families in the Greater Houston area who struggle the most with accessing care. The Clinic began with the vision of Monsignor Walsh, a donation of $50 from the Charity Guild of Catholic Women and volunteers from the community, who all came together with the same hope of breaking down barriers to healthcare for the underserved. Ninety years later, we proudly uphold the legacy of our founders by continuing to provide healthcare for those who need a health home the most, including primary and specialty medical and dental care as well as vision, laboratory and pharmacy services.
More than 1.1 million, one in every three, persons in the Houston/Harris County area lack health insurance. The demand for low-cost care in this area is consistently greater than available community resources. Primary healthcare for the uninsured is grossly inadequate, and specialty care is almost non-existent. Because of the Clinic's extensive use of volunteer physicians, other community volunteers and teaching affiliations, patients are able to access quality healthcare in a single convenient setting.
PGY 3 and PGY 4 residents rotate one half day a month under the supervision of program faculty. Residents have the opportunity to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients who are underserved and with limited resources. The experience provides a great opportunity to develop clinical skills and develops autonomy for the trainee.
PGY 3 and PGY 4 residents weekly under the supervision of program faculty as part of their longitudinal clinic experience . Residents have the opportunity to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients who are underserved and with limited resources. The experience provides a great opportunity to develop clinical skills and developautonomy for the trainee.
As the only certified comprehensive stroke center in Texas, the Eddy Scurlock Stroke Center has been recognized as one of the best in stroke diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and recovery.
The physicians and interdisciplinary team of professionals of Houston Methodist’s Eddy Scurlock Stroke Center are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide immediate stroke intervention and care. Our exceptional team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, cardiologists, neuropsychologists, rehabilitative specialists and a highly dedicated nursing staff. From the first moments of the onset of symptoms, the team provides patients the very latest treatments and care with the hope of the best possible recovery.
Our dedicated physicians are university faculty with Weill Cornell Medical College and conduct groundbreaking research and clinical trials in stroke causation and treatment. The center has completed nearly 25 studies in the past and currently has 9 open clinical stroke trials and studies. They also lead outreach and education efforts in the greater Houston community and other parts of Texas to provide awareness of stroke treatment and prevention. Learn more about the clinical research.
An important component of our continuum of care is the Eddy Scurlock Stroke Center Outpatient Clinic. In addition to regular outpatient clinics for new and follow up patients, John Volpi, MD also directs a monthly outpatient Stroke Multidisclipinary clinic to address the spectrum of conditions and needs of this patient population
The clinic is the first multidisciplinary care center for patients with ALS in the United States. A multidisciplinary approach is used to assist patients with ALS to cope with their disease and apply the latest therapies and proactive symptom management in a positive and caring setting. ALS patients and their families attend the MDA-ALS Clinic, where they are seen by a team of 21 professionals from 11 specialties. Our center is actively involved in both clinical and basic science research. Information is provided regarding available clinical trials and the latest developments in ALS research is updated on our website continually.
The Nantz National Alzheimer Center conducts cutting-edge research and provides state-of-the-art training for physicians and health professionals in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia illnesses. It provides an environment for comprehensive for patients and their families, drawing upon the expertise of medical professionals in the Methodist Neurological Institute. The Institute is recognized in neurological/neurosurgical patient care and in geriatrics services by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best in the country.
Houston Methodist Concussion Center is the first center of its kind in Houston. The Center’s comprehensive approach to concussion care include providing diagnosis and treatment for concussion, administration and interpretation of immediate post-concussion assessment and cognitive testing baseline and post-injury test results, education on concussion for communities, schools, universities, and parents of athletes athletes and research on th long-term effects of sports-related concussions. Dr. Howard S. Derman and several colleagues at the Neurological Institute established Houston Methodist Concussion Center in 2010. Dr. Derman is a concussion specialist for the Houston Dynamo and Houston Texans.
The Headache Clinic of the Department of Neurology has been evaluating headache patients since December 1989, and currently follows 1200 patients with different types of headaches. The team members include a neurologist, nurse practitioner, headache treatment coordinator and secretary. The director of the clinic is also Dr. Howard S. Derman, Associate Professor of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical Center, with over 30 years experience in the evaluation and treatment of headaches and other pain syndromes.
Drs. Ron Tintner and Stanley Fisher direct the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders clinic which is devoted to the care and research for patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. The clinic evaluates and treats patients with a wide variety of movement disorders including parkinsonism, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, tremor (including essential tremor), dystonia, Tourette's syndrome and other tic disorders, Huntington's disease, myoclonus and spasticity. Trainees have hands on exposure to the evaluation and management of intrathecal baclofen pumps, botulinum toxin therapy, and the management of surgically treated movement disorder patients.
Houston Methodist Pain Management Centercares fordifficult pain cases. The center provides effective symptom management, functional rehabilitation and improved quality of life for patients suffering from back pain, complex regional pain, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, trigeminal neuralgia, neuropathic pain and pain associated with multiple sclerosis or stroke. Also treated are those with neck pain, cervical disc disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and intractable headaches. Treatment includes a variety of medications, with each patient treated based on unique needs. Some patients also find relief from infusion therapies, Botox injections, nerve blocks, among other modalities. In addition, the center has expertise in implantable spinal and peripheral stimulators to manage chronic pain, as well as implantable drug delivery devices such as the intrathecal baclofen pumps to manage both pain and spasticity.
Houston Methodist Hospital Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Program is a multi-disciplinary program comprised of physicians from various specialties at Houston Methodist Hospital and the Sleep Disorders Center. Our physician specialties include Neurology, Otolaryngology, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Psychiatry and Pulmonary Medicine. The program serves as a single point of entry for patients with sleep disorders referred to Houston Methodist Hospital. The center is a state-of-the-art Sleep Center Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that provides technical excellence in polysomnography, medical expertise in the interpretation of sleep studies and outstanding clinical care for those with sleep disorders in our Sleep Disorders Center and Sleep Clinics. Trainees rotate in the outpatient sleep medicine clinic with Dr. Aparajitha Verma, Director, during their required EEG/Epilepsy/Sleep medicine rotation as well as a full elective rotation.
Methodist Neurological Institute Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is designated a Level 4 program by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Our program is comprised of physicians from various specialties at the Methodist Neurological Institute and Houston Methodist Hospital. Our physician specialties include Neurology and Neurophysiology, Neurosurgery, Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Medicine, Neuropathology and Rehabilitation Medicine. The program serves as a single point of entry for patients with epilepsy and seizure disorders referred to Houston Methodist Hospital. Physicians who are part of the center have subspecialty expertise in the management of patients with epilepsy, including evaluation and surgical treatment of select epilepsy pateints.
The program also serves as the focal point of clinical, educational and research efforts in epilepsy. A key component of the program is the Neurophysiology laboratory at Houston Methodist Hospital. The Neurophysiology lab is accredited by ABRET (American Board of Registered Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists). Services provided through the lab include:
The Collaborative Cerebral Blood Flow Clinical Lab serves patients with a variety of neurological disorders, including stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Physicians use transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasound to produce blood flow imaging of the brain.
EMG/NCV and Motor Control Laboratory, staffed by four neurologists, welcomes patients with weakness and numbness.
Utilizing the latest and most advanced histology techniques, our laboratory processes and evaluates skeletal muscle and peripheral nerve to aid in diagnosing a number of conditions.