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Neurology

Neurology


Neurology Department at Westchester Medical Center

The Department of Neurology is comprised of multi-disciplinary teams of clinical experts that provide comprehensive neurological care for a wide range of neurological disorders affecting the brain, spine, nerves, and muscle. The conditions we treat range from neurologic emergencies, such as acute stroke or status epilepticus, to more chronic conditions such as headache/pain syndromes, epilepsy (seizures), neuromuscular (neuropathy, myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy), neuroimmunological (multiple sclerosis), as well as neurodegenerative (dementia) and movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease). All divisions are directed by highly qualified sub-specialists.

Compassionate Care and Excellent Outcomes

We seek to provide our patients with compassionate care and excellent outcomes while advancing current standards of care through clinical research. We emphasize effective and open communication with our patients and referring physicians.

Our physicians are supported by dedicated physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, therapists, psychologists and social workers. The Neurology Department partners closely with other departments at Westchester Medical Center, including:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Radiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuropathology
  • Social Work
  • Chronic Pain Management.


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Subspecialties and Conditions Treated

The following specializations distinguish the Neurology Department at Westchester Medical Center.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Westchester Medical Center

We are proud to be the only hospital in New York’s Hudson Valley region recognized by the New York State Department of Health as a Comprehensive Stroke Center

The Center is dedicated to rapid intervention in the management of acute stroke and to the study of new and effective treatments. Our mission is to provide expeditious care to patients with acute strokes to limit stroke-associated brain damage.

In 2022, the Center earned the prestigious American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Get with the Guidelines Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

The care we provide is multifaceted and our team is comprised of stroke experts such as emergency medicine physicians, vascular neurologists, neurointerventionalists, neuroradiologists, and neurointensivists. Working together, our highly synchronized team strives to facilitate the highest quality care for cerebrovascular disease.

Using advanced rapid diagnostic technology, such as tele-stroke, we can extend our expertise to distant sites miles away. Upon arrival to one of our sites, our RAPID CT perfusion technology allows us to quickly identify patients who are beyond the conventional therapeutic windows for neurointerventions. Finally, WMC is the first site in the country to utilize the FDA approved robotic transcranial doppler monitor for patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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Neurocritical Care

Westchester Medical Center is home to a leading Neurointensive Care Unit under the leadership of Stephan A. Mayer, MD, an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of neurocritical care. Our 19-bed neurological intensive care unit is staffed by a dedicated team of neurointensivists, advanced practice providers, and nurses specialized in the care of patients with complex neurological diseases. The unit features emergency “mobile ICU” transport via helicopter or ambulance, advanced multimodality brain monitoring, RAPID perfusion imaging, and much more. For more information on our capabilities and expert services, visit the Neurointensive Care Unit at Westchester Medical Center online.

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The Epilepsy Center: Epilepsy and Functional Neuroscience

The functional and epilepsy programs at Westchester Medical Center are growing with a faculty of neurologists, neurosurgeons, pain management specialists, and neuropsychologists who specialize in the treatment of movement disorders, pain syndromes and epilepsy. 

Our Functional and Restorative Surgery Program offers treatments for patients with movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease and Dystonia through deep brain stimulation. Our team has an expertise in a broad range of treatments for Pain Syndromes, including Trigeminal Neuralgia and spasticity. In addition to a variety of strategies for medical treatment, we also offer surgical options including microvascular decompression, rhizotomy, radiosurgery, spinal cord stimulation, and intrathecal pump placement.

Westchester Medical Center is the only certified Level 4 Epilepsy Center in the Hudson Valley that is accredited by National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) in offering both adult and pediatric treatment. Our highly skilled seizure neurologists offer leading outpatient and inpatient expertise in our advanced Epilepsy Monitoring Unit to ensure a comfortable and safe patient experience. Our neurosurgical team specializes in a variety of surgical treatments as well, including vagus nerve stimulation, robotic depth electrode placement, MRI-guided laser ablation, and neurostimulation.

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Movement Disorders / Parkinson's Disease

The Division of Movement Disorders provides patients with exceptional neurological and neurosurgical care for Parkinson’s disease and a wide range of movement disorders

WMC Headache Specialists Center

We provide comprehensive care for patients with challenging complex cases of chronic headache. Led by experts in the fields of Medicine, Neurology, Pain Management and Psychiatry, WMC is able to provide comprehensive care to patients with intractable disabling pain, including BOTOX® treatment.

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Peripheral Nerve

The Peripheral Nerve Program at Westchester Medical Center offers multidisciplinary subspecialty care for individuals with injuries or conditions affecting the nerves of the body outside of the brain and spinal cord. Surgeons treat traumatic nerve injuries, tumors of the peripheral nerves, nerve compression and entrapment syndromes, and an extensive array of other nerve-related conditions.

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Memory Disorders

Neurologists at Westchester Medical Center, MidHudson Regional Hospital, and WMCHealth Physicians in Poughkeepsie provide care for individuals suffering from memory disorders and related conditions, including dementia, vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and encephalopathy.

 

Neuromuscular Disorders

Specialists at WMCHealth Physicians provide care for a full range of neuromuscular disorders, which affect the nerves responsible for voluntary muscle movement and the relay of sensory information to the brain. Physicians evaluate and diagnose patients experiencing muscle weakness, muscle loss, movement difficulties, issues with swallowing or breathing, numbness, tingling, pain, and other symptoms. Care is available for individuals diagnosed with a wide range of pathologies, including muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other diagnoses.

Westchester Medical Center is recognized by the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a top healthcare institution. As an  Care Affiliate, we are proud to offer adult patients with muscular dystrophy, ALS, spinal muscular atrophy and other neuromuscular diseases improved access to expert multidisciplinary care, clinical trials, and connections within the neuromuscular community. To schedule a neuromuscular disease consultation, call 914.345.1313.

Neurodegenerative and Movement Disorders

Neurologists specializing in this area focus on care and management of adults with Alzheimer’s Disease, neurodegenerative dementia, treatable dementia, Parkinson’s Disease and other degenerative diseases.

Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis

We offer comprehensive care to patients with multiple sclerosis and related conditions such as neuromyelitis optica, transverse myelitis, optic neuritis and other neuroimmune disorders.

Balance and Vestibular Disorders

The Balance Center at Westchester Medical Center offers comprehensive evaluation and intervention for those experiencing dizziness, vertigo and chronic balance problems due to neurological disorders. In some cases, these symptoms can be debilitating and result in severe disabilities and impairment in quality-of-life.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Neuro-Trauma

Direct trauma to the brain requires careful and dedicated care often involving a lengthy course of rehabilitation. At Westchester Medical Center, as a Level I Trauma Center, we provide care across the spectrum of the patient’s needs, ranging from the emergent neurosurgical and Neurocritical care phase to the acute and subacute rehabilitation phases of care.

Sleep Center

The Sleep Center at Westchester Medical Center offers consultative services for diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.

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Pediatric Neurology

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center offers a full spectrum of care for children afflicted with acute or chronic neurological disorders.

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Neuroradiology Imaging

Neuroradiology imaging services are available through specialists at Westchester Medical Center, WMCHealth Physicians Neurology, and the Ambulatory Care Pavilion at 100 Woods Road. Comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services are available across this network of providers; services include MRI, CT scan, myelography, and more. Neuroradiology imaging may be a critical component of treating back pain, headache, stroke, dementia, cerebral aneurysm, head and neck tumors, head and neck vascular disease, and other conditions.


Research and Education

Excellence in clinical care is interwoven with advances in education and clinical research. As an academic medical center, our affiliation with New York Medical College, one of the oldest and most prestigious medical schools in the country, has uniquely positioned us to become premier educational sites for our Neurology Residency and fellowship training.

Research is an integral part of the Department of Neurology. Our faculty has a wide range of research interests ranging from acute cerebrovascular and Neurocritical care to headache and epilepsy.

Additional Fellowship Programs:

Vascular Neurology Fellowship

Neurocritical Care Fellowship

Endovascular Surgery Fellowship


Success Stories

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News

Watch as Westchester Medical Center's Carolin Dohle, MD, Director of Neurohospitalist Services Department of Neurology, sits down with NBC New York to discuss what aphasia is, the common symptoms and possible causes.

 

New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center Appoint Tracey Milligan, MD to Lead Neurology Programs


New York State Designates Westchester Medical Center as a Comprehensive Stroke Center


Four WMCHealth Hospitals Earn Awards for Stroke Care Excellence

 

 

Milligan, Tracey A.
Milligan, Tracey, MD, MS, FAAN, FAES, FANA
Professor and Chair of Neurology
Director of Neurology, Westchester Medical Center Health Network
Program Director Neurology Residency
Epilepsy
Neurology
Ahluwalia, Brij Mohan
Ahluwalia, Brij Mohan, MD, FAAN, FAHA
General Neurology Section
Neurology
Al-Mufti, Fawaz
Al-Mufti, Fawaz, MD
Associate Chair of Neurology for Research
Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology
Assoc. Director of the Neuroendovascular Surgery Fellowship
Neuroendovascular Surgery Attending and Medical Director of Neurocritical Care
Neurology
Neurosurgery
Amodeo, Katherine D.
Amodeo, Katherine, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology, New York Medical College
Movement Disorders
Neurology
Andrew Bauerschmidt
Bauerschmidt, Andrew, MS, MD
Neurointensivist
Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Westchester Medical Center
Neurocritical Care
Neurology
Chong, Ji Young
Chong, Ji Young, MD
Chief, Cerebrovascular Neurology Section
Medical Director of Stroke
Fellowship Program Director, Vascular Neurology
Neurology
Danisi, Fabio
Danisi, Fabio, MD
Attending Physician
Neurology
Dohle, Carolin
Dohle, Carolin, MD
Chief, General Neurology Inpatient Section
Medical Director of Neurohospitalist and Quality Improvement
Brain Injury Medicine
Neurohospitalist
Neurology
Neurorehabilitation
Fekete, Robert
Fekete, Robert, MD
Attending Physician
Movement Disorders
Neurology
Holmes, Manisha
Holmes, Manisha, MD
Section Chief of Epilepsy
Epilepsy
Neurology
Kaur, Gurmeen
Kaur, Gurmeen, MD
Attending Physician, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, New York Medical College
Neurology
Neurosurgery
Kurian, Christeena
Kurian, Christeena, MD
Attending Physician
Neurology
Stroke
Li, Jin
Li, Jin, MD, PhD, FAAN, FAANEM
Chief, Neuromuscular Section
Medical Director, Headache Service
Neurology
Neurology
Neuromuscular
Mayer, Stephan A.
Mayer, Stephan, MD, FNCS
Director, Neurocritical Care, Emergency Neurological Services,Professor, Neurology and Neurosurgery
Neurocritical Care
Neurology
Medicherla, Chaitanya B.
Medicherla, Chaitanya, MD
Attending Physician, Vascular Neurology
Vascular Neurology
Patel, Neisha
Patel, Neisha, MD
Attending Physician, Vascular Neurology
Department of Neurology
New York Medical College
Neurology
Vascular Neurology
Ramani, Venkat
Ramani, Venkat, MD
Attending Physician
Ombudsperson
Neurology Wellness Director
Clinical Neurophysiology
Neurology
Rosenberg, Jon
Rosenberg, Jon, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Division of Neurocritical Care
Department: Neurology and Neurosurgery
Neurocritical Care
Neurology
Thomas, Anila
Thomas, Anila, MD
Attending Physician
Neurology
Neurology
Neuromuscular


Neurology Advanced Practice Providers


Divya Viswanathan, PA-C, MS
Lead Neurology Physician Assistant


Cathy Cawley, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CCRN


Renata Quartermaine, PA-C, MS

Sarah Schulok, PA-C, MS

Chelsey Seebach, PA-C, MS

Chelsea Viani, PA-C, MA, MS