Houston Methodist Stanley H. Appel Department of Neurology

The Houston Methodist Stanley H. Appel Department of Neurology and its 10 specialized centers and programs offer comprehensive, cutting-edge treatment and care for patients with neurological conditions and all conditions with a neurological component. Our department is grounded in research and innovation and committed to the development of novel treatments and discoveries.

Through clinical trials and peer-reviewed research initiatives, the Department of Neurology not only offers the best comprehensive clinical care of its kind in Houston — it is also passionate about training the finest neurological clinicians and researchers in the country and evolving the neurological sciences on a national scale.


Ranked #11 in the Nation and Best in Texas for Neurology & Neurosurgery

Houston Methodist Hospital is ranked No. 11 in the nation and Best in Texas for Neurology & Neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.


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Our Team

Houston Methodist’s world-renowned clinicians and faculty are at the top of their fields nationally, offering both general and subspecialty expertise. Our experienced neurologists seek to understand each patient’s unique situation to better develop comprehensive, personalized treatment plans. 

As leaders in research, diagnosis and treatment innovations, we care for patients with the most complex neurological conditions. Our team is also driven to teach and develop the next generation of neurologists.


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Active Clinical Trials


Peer-Reviewed Publications in 2023


Employed Neurologists Across 7 Hospitals


Specialized Centers & Programs

Our Research

The strength of our neurology programs originates from, and is furthered by, leading-edge neurological innovations and novel therapeutic developments. Our department treats research as the driving force of excellence in patient care. 

The Department of Neurology — part of the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute — pursues new technologies to improve functional measurements applicable to a range of neurological conditions. Our team fosters an optimal research environment for our faculty to further the understanding of neurological diseases and translate findings to clinical care, bolstered by rich collaborative opportunities available at the Texas Medical Center.

From The Humble Fly, Great Discoveries Are Made
Drosophila fruit fly key in discovering rare, unknown diseases, and developing new treatments for known maladies.
PAK2 and Myelination in Peripheral Nervous System
Drs. Bo Hu and Jun Li identify key factor influencing nerve myelination and find therapeutic target for PND.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Mild Cognitive Impairment
A Phase IIa trial to determine tolerability of L-serine for MCI patients and assess efficacy. 
Early Parkinson’s Disease
A Phase 2a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study of UCB0599 in subjects with early Parkinson's disease

Education & Training

The Houston Methodist Department of Neurology is ranked in the 98th percentile nationally for education in the neurological sciences. Each year, our team recruits the most promising residents in the nation and globally through a highly selective process.

We believe that neurology training can be more effectively delivered by new education tools, such as interactive online curriculums and specific subject-driven solutions for neurological diseases. These approaches achieve a clear understanding of neurological disease and foster both creativity and critical thinking. 
Adult Neurology Residency
A four-year accredited program with comprehensive training in clinical neurology for the practicing neurologist and physician-scientist.


Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship
This is a one-year accredited post-graduate clinical neurophysiology fellowship program.
Neurology Clerkship
Our program teaches recognition and management of the neurologic conditions general medical practitioners often encounter.
Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship
One-year accredited neuromuscular medicine fellowship focused on clinical neuromuscular medicine.
For Patients

For Patients


Houston Methodist’s neurology experts use the most advanced techniques and methods to treat a range of neurological conditions and disorders.

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