The Department of Neurology includes the Divisions of Epilepsy, General Neurology, Headache, Movement Disorders, Neuromuscular Disorders, Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Women’s Neurology and Vascular Neurology. The continued growth of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center in Neurology has expanded services in behavioral neurology and memory disorders. Each division maintains a distinct mix of patient care, clinical research, and teaching activities.
Neurology maintains a presence at several locations throughout Western Pennsylvania. The majority of clinical activity takes place in the Oakland health system facilities, but we also fill needs in other geographical areas. The department has two headache centers, one in Oakland and the other in Wexford; additionally, UPMC Mercy and Monroeville-Oxford Drive offer vascular ultrasound and EMGs, respectively, in addition to outpatient neurologic services. In a joint effort with Maternal Fetal Medicine, a Women’s Neurology clinic operates at Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC. The Kaufmann Outpatient Center located in Oakland provides patients with the gamut of neurologic specialists and multi-disciplinary clinics in addition to an outpatient infusion center. An active physician practice operates in Bethel Park at UPMC South Hills.
Our faculty members continue to be very active in community programs relating to their subspecialties, such as the National MS Society; National Parkinson’s Foundation; Pittsburgh Parkinson’s Foundation; the ALS Society; the National Headache Society; Epilepsy Foundation of America; Muscular Dystrophy Association; Myasthenia Gravis Association; Huntington’s Disease Society of America; and the Alzheimer’s Association. This includes serving on community or professional advisory boards, and national boards of directors.
Financially, the neurology clinical practice continues to maintain strong controls over expenditures and consistent efforts at revenue enhancement including further expansion of clinical practice locations. Clinic operations and staffing patterns are continuously monitored to ensure optimum return on financial investments. Faculty members are encouraged to optimize their clinic time and to fully and efficiently utilize the time they spend in the clinic. Our patient population continues to grow and our clinic accessibility has expanded to meet the demand. Neurology clinic accessibility has been significantly enhanced with new faculty, appointment time management, and appropriate utilization of support staff.
Dr. Oscar Lopez’s main area of concentration is Alzheimer’s disease research and AIDS dementia. He is associate director of the ADRC clinical core. Learn more »
The University of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (UPCEC) continues to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to adults and children with uncontrolled seizures. Learn more »
The General Neurology Division is integral to the training of both medical students and neurology residents. All division physicians work closely with medical students as they rotate through neurology for clinical neuroscience courses. Learn more »
The Headache Division continued its clinical expansion with the move to a state-of-the-art outpatient facility in September 2007. Learn more »
The Division currently provides subspecialty care to about 1,000 patients with movement disorders and these numbers are growing rapidly. Learn more »
Division research continues and includes involvement in multi-center studies of novel oral or infusion therapies for MS. Learn more »
The Division of Neuromuscular Disease provides inpatient care, electromyography, and autonomic testing at UPMC Presbyterian and EMG testing in the UPMC Shadyside office. Learn more »
The Division of Pediatric Neurology evaluates, consults on and manages children with disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Learn more »
The Stroke Institute continues to expand its role as the leading regional referral center, providing the highest quality stroke care in areas that include acute stroke management, stroke prevention, and stroke rehabilitation. Learn more »
The Division of Women’s Neurology at UPMC is a unique interdisciplinary program that bridges neurology with obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s medicine and focuses on gender differences in medical evaluation, diagnosis, and implementation of treatment and care. Learn more »