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MetroHealth's neurology team includes experts in the treatment of neurological disorders, including chronic headache; cerebral palsy; stroke; seizure disorders like epilepsy, Parkinson's disease; multiple sclerosis; peripheral neuropathies; muscle diseases; and tumors of the brain and spine.

To schedule an appointment, call 216-778-3958.

A referral may be required. Referring pediatricians call 216-778-3659.



The MetroHealth neurology team has a longtime relationship with the Greater Cleveland Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). For more than 30 years, the organization has sponsored our MDA Clinic, the only such clinic in Northeast Ohio. The MetroHealth neurology team has two neurologists who are experts in muscular dystrophy and other rare neuromuscular diseases. Our neurologists are board-certified and our nurse practitioners specialize in general neurology.

Members of our team also serve on the boards of the American Heart Association, the Huntington's Disease Society of America and the Epilepsy Foundation. MetroHealth is also home to a comprehensive Stroke Center, which provides expert care.

Procedures and Tests

At MetroHealth, our neurologists use advanced diagnostic tests and procedures to identify neurological disorders, including:
  • Angiography
  • CT scans and MRI
  • Electroencephalography
  • Electromyography
  • Evoked potentials
  • Lumbar punctures
  • Nerve conduction studies

Test results are explained to you in detail, so you know what your doctor found and what happens next. If you have any questions about how a test works or what you need to do to prepare, just ask. Our doctors are always available to answer your questions.

Non-Surgical Treatments and Therapies

  • Corticosteroids
  • Immunosuppressive medications
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Infusion therapy
  • Management of electrical stimulation devices

Your neurologist will explain your options clearly, so you know about the risks and benefits of each therapy choice. Your neurologist will be with you during your treatment to ensure that you are improving as planned.

You may also be connected with other MetroHealth teams, such as our neurosurgery department, physical medicine and rehabilitation department—including our physical, occupational and speech therapy services—and our Cancer Center.

Pediatric Neurology Options

We diagnose, treat, and manage neurological conditions that affect the maturing brain and nerves from birth to adulthood, including:

  • Autism
  • Behavioral disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), school failure and sleep problems
  • Developmental disorders, including delayed speech, missed motor milestones and coordination issues
  • Headaches, both acute and chronic
  • Nervous tics and Tourette syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Seizure disorders, including seizures in newborns, febrile convulsions and epilepsy
  • Sturge-Weber syndrome
  • Tremors
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Weakness, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and nerve muscle disorders

We also have pediatric neurology clinics to help children with complex disorders:

  • The Pediatric Neuromuscular Disease Program is available for children with muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, congenital myopathies, myasthenia gravis, hereditary neuropathies and other polyneuropathies.
  • The Cerebral Palsy Clinic is for children with spasticity, dystonia, choreo-athetosis or epilepsy. Therapies include botulinum toxin injections, physical therapy, orthopedic interventions, and intrathecal baclofen infusion.
  • The Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida Clinic is a multidisciplinary program for children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. 

Our pediatric neurologists have completed four years of medical school, along with five years of post-graduate training in neurology. They hold certifications from the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special competency in child neurology.

Your child will benefit from the latest diagnostic testing available, including MRI, extremity MRI (arm and leg images), CT scan EEG/EMG and video EEG. We understand that pediatric neurological conditions are life-changing for children and their families, and we include our patients' families in the management plan. We also share information with the child's pediatrician, to ensure continuity of care.

To talk to our nurse coordinator about a specific neurological concern, call 216-778-3659.

Preparing for a Neurological Consult

  • Bring all relevant records, including:
    • prior neurological consultation notes or letters
    • reports of radiological tests (such as x-rays, CT scans or MRI scans)
    • electrodiagnostic test results (such as an electroencephalogram or electromyogram) and
    • blood test results
    • if possible, bring films of CT or MRI scans
  • Bring a list of your current medications, including strength and doses.
  • Bring the name and contact information of the referring physician so that a consultation note can be sent.
  • Plan on spending at least an hour at the clinic from the time of appointment.

For some patients, a referral may be required before you can make an appointment.

For more information, call 216-778-3958.

For pediatric appointments, call 216-778-8562.

Referring pediatricians and people with specific pediatric neurological concerns can call our nurse coordinator at 216-778-3659.

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