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. We consider how hormonal and reproductive changes throughout a woman’s lifespan, including pregnancy, menopause, and the use of oral contraceptives and assisted reproduction, affect neurological health and disease. The Women’s Neurology Division has three areas of emphasis:
- Clinical care: Our division offers a program with physicians from multiple neurologic subspecialties who provide clinical evaluation and treatment of the female neurological patient.
- Patient and physician education: We educate patients on topics specific to women experiencing neurological illnesses, train residents and fellows in this area, and provide information to physicians in the community at large.
- Research development: We have identified research clinicians who investigate neurological diseases specific to women and how gender-specific issues impact neurological disease. A unique aspect of our division is the clinical and research collaboration with physicians at Magee Women’s Hospital and the neuro-obstetrical concentration. With over 10,000 deliveries a year, Magee is one of the largest obstetrical hospitals in the country and houses the extensive Magee Obstetric Medical and Infant (MOMI) research database with information on more than 100,000 deliveries since 1995. These resources are unlike those anywhere else in the country and can be used to answer clinical questions regarding women and neurological illness.
Our goals are to provide exceptional neurological care for women across the lifespan and to evaluate patients as individuals by combining excellence in clinical care, research, and patient and provider education.