At the heart of the Neuroscience Institute at Miami Valley Hospital are experienced neuroscience physicians with expertise in a variety of subspecialties. They work collaboratively with a wide array of neuroscience professionals and many hospital departments for better patient outcomes. This interdisciplinary approach to care includes the Emergency Department, Surgery, Medical Imaging, Intensive Care Unit, Rehabilitation and more.
Neurologists: Physicians trained to treat disorders of the nervous system, including the brain and spine. Neurologists treat Alzheimer’s disease, back and neck pain, cognitive impairment, epilepsy, memory loss, migraine, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy (any disease of the nerves), Parkinson’s disease, sleep disorders and stroke. Neurology residents are physicians who are completing training in the specialty of neurology and also providing patient care.
Epileptologists/Neurophysiologists: Neurologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and the evaluation of the electrical functions of the brain, spinal cord and nerves using tests such as electroencephalography (EEG), nerve conduction and evoked potentials
Neurosurgeons: Physicians trained to perform surgery of the nervous system, including the brain and spine. Some of the procedures they perform include craniotomies, minimally invasive surgeries and stereotactic radiosurgery.
Neurointerventionalists: Physicians with special training in minimally invasive procedures. By inserting a microcatheter into the patient’s groin area and using advanced imaging for guidance, a neurointerventionalist threads a microcatheter through the blood vessels leading into the brain to treat many complex disorders with a lower risk of complications, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.
Oncologists: Physicians trained to diagnose and surgically treat patients with brain tumors and other tumors of the spine and nervous system.
Neurocritical Care Specialists: Physicians who specialize in treating life-threatening conditions of the nervous system, including the brain and spine.
Neuromuscular Specialists: Neurologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, peripheral neuropathy, myasthenia gravis and myopathies such as muscular dystrophy.
Behavioral Neurologists: Neurologists trained to evaluate, manage and treat patients with brain disorders that change normal behavior. The brain disorders are typically problems such as traumatic brain injury, stroke or Alzheimer’s disease.
Vascular Neurologists: Neurologists with advanced training in diagnosing and treating stroke.
Psychologists: Psychologists who specialize in assessing and treating patients with brain injury or disease.
Rehabilitation Specialists: Physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation for patients with brain injury or disease.
Pathologists: Physicians who study diseases of nervous system tissue, including the brain and spine.
Neuroradiologists: Physicians who diagnose and treat diseases and injuries of the nervous system using medical imaging techniques such as TrueBeam stereotactic radiosurgery, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound.
Hospitalists: Board-certified or board-eligible internal medicine physicians who specialize in caring for hospital inpatients. Because they work only in the hospital, hospitalists are readily available to patients, family members and physicians throughout a patient’s hospital stay.
Advanced Practice Nurses (APN)/Nurse Practitioners (NP): Registered nurses with graduate degrees in advanced practice nursing who are licensed to provide a broad range of health care services. They combine expert clinical practice with advanced education, research and clinical leadership. They may take a patient’s history, perform a physical examination, order laboratory tests and procedures, diagnose, treat and manage disease, write prescriptions, coordinate referrals and teach disease prevention through healthy lifestyle choices.
Clinical Nurse Specialists: Registered nurses who, through study and supervision at a graduate level, have become experts in a defined area of knowledge and practice in a selected clinical area.
Home Health Nurses: Provide care in the homes of patients who may be elderly or disabled, recovering from an accident or surgery, or suffering from a serious illness.
Patient Care Technicians (PCT): Members of the health care team who perform direct and indirect patient care tasks under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Registered Nurses: Provide direct care to patients and are responsible for a patient's overall case management.
Occupational Therapists (OT): Help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments.
Physical Therapists (PT): Work to restore function in patients with impairments, limitations, disabilities or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease or other causes.
Respiratory Therapists: Evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders.
Speech Therapists: Assess, diagnose and treat disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency.
Dietitians: Food and nutrition experts who help to promote good health through proper eating, develop modified diets and educate individuals about good nutritional habits.
Electroencephalogram Technicians: Operate specialized equipment that measures and records the electrical activity of the brain as a series of irregular lines on a continuous sheet of graph paper.
Integrated Case Managers (ICM): Registered nurses, social workers or both who help families locate community resources, assist in crisis interventions, provide counseling, educate patients about their diagnosis and respond to the unique needs of families.
Pharmacists: Prepare and provide medicines that a physician or nurse practitioner prescribes for patients.
Physician Assistants (PA): Work with a physician to provide medical care and guidance needed by a patient.