UAB Medicine

October 28, 2011

Neurology & Neurosurgery Ranked in Top 50 by U.S.News & World Report

U.S.News & World Report ranked UAB’s division of   Neurology & Neurosurgery   No. 32 in its 2011-2012 America's Best Hospitals list. The national magazine, which reviews and ranks specialties at about 5,000 hospitals, consistently rates UAB neurology & neurosurgery, as well as other UAB specialties, among the country’s best each year. UAB Neurologists and Neurosurgeons are also regularly recognized as top doctors in the U.S.

David G. Standaert, MD, Chairman, Neurology, attributes the recognition to the team of talented physicians and researchers, as well as the department’s state-of-the art facility.

"Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art care for neurological and neurosurgical disorders today, and to develop the treatments and cures of the future,” notes Standaert. “We have over 60 talented subspecialty-trained clinicians, and technology and facilities that are second to none. Our team can provide the best possible care for complex and urgent nervous system disorders, and they are backed up by a large-scale scientific and discovery team working to develop the next generation of treatments."

Several clinical, research, and educational advantages set UAB Neurology & Neurosurgery apart, making this department one of the most highly regarded in the nation. UAB hosts the only magnetoencephalography (MEG) laboratory in the Southeast, a brain imaging system that helps surgeons accurately locate the origin of seizures and plan surgeries for epilepsy and brain tumor patients. Doctors at UAB use other types of brain imaging, like magnetic source imaging (MSI), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to plan and guide brain surgery, which allows surgeons to conduct safer and more precise surgeries.

Interdisciplinary care is a cornerstone of treatment at UAB. This means patients are seen by a team of specialists who are experts in their field, ensuring well-rounded, cutting-edge care.

To stay on the forefront of treatment, UAB has a longstanding commitment to research. Some of the most recent studies at UAB involve advances in Parkinson disease (PD), including the investigation of gene and protein expressions in PD patients, as well as finding biomarkers that could help launch preventative treatments and promote early diagnoses. UAB also conducts important research on cerebrovascular disease, memory disorders and aging, epilepsy, demyelinating diseases, movement disorders, neuro-oncology, and neuropsychology.

Physician training is an important faction in this department was well. Residents work with our nationally recognized faculty, both in inpatient and clinical settings, and are exposed to a high volume and great variety of neurological disease. Training in evidence-based medicine, basing patient treatment on validated clinical research, has also become an important part of resident training at UAB.