Neuro Nexus

The Clinical Center for Neurosciences combines leading clinicians and state-of-the-art approaches to provide comprehensive care for neurological diseases and disorders.

On the campus of UT Southwestern Medical Center, Zale Lipshy University Hospital is poised to become the region’s first dedicated, free-standing neuroscience facility, and one of the few in the country. This elite status offers patients and referring physicians focused areas of excellence for neurological conditions.

UT Southwestern’s breadth and level of care in the neurosciences already rank among the country’s best. (Neurology and Neurosurgery were again nationally ranked in the latest U.S. News & World Report listings.) By combining basic science with advanced research, UTSW is embarking on even more advanced, transformative care to better understand and treat patients plagued by neurological issues.

“We want community physicians to know that we are a resource to them and to their patients when needed,” says Duke Samson, M.D., Professor of Neurological Surgery, who led the department for 27 years before stepping down earlier this year.

Neurosurgery is but one aspect of a wide-ranging and unprecedented program of neurologic care offered within the Clinical Center for Neurosciences. The Center also includes specialists in neurology, psychiatry, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, neuroradiology/imaging, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Specialized, multidisciplinary programs include treatment for cerebrovascular disease, conditions affecting the cranial base, radiosurgery, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, complex spine, and advanced imaging, such as specific imaging to study the metabolism and physiology of the brain.

“We have the tools to make the brain better when plagued by disease,” says H. Hunt Batjer, M.D., F.A.C.S., newly appointed Chair of the Neurological Surgery Department. (See related story on this page.)

“UT Southwestern is fortunate to have national leaders in every neuroscience specialty,” adds Mark Goldberg, M.D., Chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics. “The Clinical Center for Neurosciences brings these expert clinicians together in order to provide coordinated, multidisciplinary care that works for patients.”

On-site, State-of-the-Art

Referring physicians and patients benefit from a site-dedicated medical team that sees patients at either Zale Lipshy University Hospital or the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center.

There, team members utilize state-of-the-art technology (such as the Aquilion One 320 slice CT camera), much of which is dedicated to the neurosciences. “Our physicians have the advanced expertise to know which resources are best for particular cases,” says Dr. Samson. “We’ll use an MRI that’s dedicated for neuro uses. The CT scanner is a neuro CT. We pick the technology that’s best in the neuro modality.”

Extending Stroke Care

A telestroke program and stroke hotline (214-645-FAST) extend the expertise of the UTSW neuroscience treatment team to physicians and hospitals that may not always have these resources available.

“The UT Southwestern Telestroke Network is a fast and efficient way to bring our expertise to any bedside, anywhere,” says Dr. Goldberg. “Our team of vascular neurologists, neurosurgeons, and radiologists is available to discuss cases at any time. We provide immediate guidance for acute intervention and expedite transfers whenever a higher level of care is required.”

UTSW specialists can also help in the days, weeks, or months after a stroke, notes Dr. Goldberg. “Our rehabilitation team can ensure the patient’s after-stroke regimen is where it needs to be — medically, psychologically, and with an effective rehabilitation program. Physicians and patients don’t have to accept the status quo.”