Residents gain exposure to the subspecialties of neurology through electives in EEG, EMG, and subspecialty clinics, as well as in rotations offered by NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's subspecialty centers listed below.
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center treats adult and pediatric patients with intractable seizures as well as those with other epilepsy-related diagnostic and management problems. Cases are investigated through clinical examination, routine laboratory tests, neuropsychological testing, CT/MRI/PET, and EEG and intracranial electrode monitoring. Appropriate patients are treated surgically.
The Neuromuscular Clinic provides treatment for patients with a variety of disorders including compression neuropathy, myasthenia gravis, traumatic nerve injury, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, back pain, myotonic dystrophy, and muscular dystrophy. Residents can gain further experience with neuromuscular disease through elective and EMG/NCS rotations at the Peripheral Neuropathy Center.
The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Institute provides care for patients with a wide variety of movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, tremor, ataxia, restless legs syndrome, dystonia, and myoclonus. Residents learn the appropriate use of state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques (PET, SPECT, DAT, neurophysiological studies, genetic testing) and management strategies (pharmacotherapy, botulinum toxin injections, neurosurgical procedures, and other interventions).
The Judith Jaffe Multiple Sclerosis Center affords residents the opportunity to treat and follow patients with MS and other demyelinating illnesses. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical trials.
The Stroke Clinic offers consultation on a broad range of cerebrovascular issues, including primary and recurrent stroke prevention. Multidisciplinary management of patients with aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations is coordinated with Neurosurgery and Interventional Neuroradiology.
The Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Program is well known for its research and clinical care. The practice contains a large number of patients with Alzheimer disease (AD), frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body disease, normal pressure hydrocephalus, and vascular dementia. The Alzheimer’s Prevention & Treatment Program was started in August 2013 and focuses on therapeutic approaches, including lifestyle modification and nutrition, in the care of AD patients and their relatives.
The Weill Cornell Headache Program offers evaluation and management of disorders such as migraine, cluster headache and other trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, post-traumatic headache, and other less common disorders. In both faculty practices and in the NYP headache clinic, residents learn cutting edge and hands on therapies including monoclonal antibodies for CGRP, neuromodulation, botulinum toxin injections, peripheral nerve blocks, and trigger point injections.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (MDA-ALS) clinic, supervised by Dale Lange from the Hospital for Special Surgery, exposes the resident to a comprehensive clinical approach to motor neuron disease. Each appointment includes visits from a neurologist as well as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, dietician, study coordinator, and social worker to coordinate the complex care of these patients.
Residents can also conduct elective rotations at the Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine, a state-of-the-art center staffed by a multidisciplinary team dedicated to evaluating a full range of sleep problems — whether they arise from an underlying medical problem such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome, other underlying medical and psychiatric conditions, physical airway obstruction, or from poor sleep habits, stress, or anxiety.