Department of Neurology


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In-patient neurology residency training is carried out at two sites: Cleveland Medical Center of University Hospitals and the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The different patient mix at the two hospitals provides residents with thorough exposure to the broadest possible range of neurologic illness.

Cleveland Medical Center / University Hospitals

Cleveland Medical Center of University Hospitals is the primary teaching affiliate for the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. It is a private, not-for-profit, 947-bed tertiary care and referral center (UH Guide). The Neurology service cares for inpatients in the Lerner Tower 4. There is a 14-bed intensive care unit, staffed by neurologists trained in intensive care and shared with the Department of Neurological Surgery. The Department has a full range of neurodiagnostic laboratories (including EEG, video-EEG monitoring unit, EMG, neurovascular ultrasound, autonomic function, neuro-ophthalmology, and sleep centers).

Cleveland Medical Center is the centerpiece of the University Hospitals. This includes 17 wholly or partially owned hospitals and 150 health care sites throughout Northeast Ohio. The system employs more than 15,000 physicians, nurses and support staff.

Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Within walking distance of Cleveland Medical Center, is the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). The VAMC in Cleveland is devoted to providing the highest quality of care to veterans. In 2011, construction was completed on the Cares Tower, a 370,700 square foot and 8 floor facility that adds an additional 222 inpatient beds. The Tower also brings several additional services to the Cleveland VAMC, including a Blind Rehabilitation Center, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, Long-term Care Spinal Cord Injury, and an Expanded Polytrauma Center. Neurology Service at the VA is active in clinical care and academic research. It is closely affiliated with two VA Research Centers of Excellence, the FES (functional electrical stimulation) and APT (advanced platform technology) Centers. The FES Center focuses on the application of electrical stimulation to enhance the functional capacities of individual with motor deficits due to stroke, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. There is also a Gait laboratory at the VA, that performs research that is aimed at enhancing motor recovery after stroke by incorporating multiple techniques including FES, robotics, advanced treadmill training techniques and motor learning strategy to maximize recovery of upper and lower extremity motor functions and abilities to function independently. The APT center is developing new biomaterials and electronics to enhance the range of applications of biomedical engineering to neurological diseases. Another outstanding clinical and research resource is the Daroff/Dell’Osso Ocular Motility Laboratory, which includes world class researchers: Drs. John Stahl and Mark Walker. Drs. Robert B. Daroff and Lou Dell’Osso founded the initial eye movement laboratory in the VA almost 30 years ago. The ocular motility laboratory studies control of eye movements and how eye movements are disturbed in neurological diseases.

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC provides care to more than 71,000 veterans each year in northern Ohio, through two inpatient facilities, twelve community-based outpatient clinics and three veteran centers. The Neurology service cares for acutely ill patients on its own wards in this 683 bed hospital, and provides outpatient care for veterans throughout Northern Ohio. Dr. Ronald Riechers is the Chief of the VAMC neurology service. He joins a distinguished faculty who provide care and also participate in active clinical and basic research programs. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of clinical excellence than any other VAMC: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, and Domiciliary Care of the Homeless.

Ahuja Medical Center

Ahuja Medical Center is situated on a 53-acre campus near the intersection of I-271 and Harvard Road at Chagrin Highlands in Beachwood. The site offers convenient access from Cleveland’s eastern and southeastern communities, as well as Lake and Summit counties. Ahuja Medical Center is named in honor of UH Board Chairman Monte Ahuja, his wife Usha, and their family, recognizing their extraordinary philanthropic leadership. Phase one of the UH Ahuja Medical Center project is now complete and includes a 144-bed, seven-story hospital and 60,000-square-foot medical office building. Ahuja Medical Center provides a safe, supportive work environment with optimal ergonomic and operational efficiencies, including a “footstep-sensitive” design. The building’s shape, including its curved hallways, help decrease the distances nurses need to travel and patients need to be transported. The large number of independent and UH-employed primary care physicians and specialists practicing in the surrounding area practice at this innovative, state of the art medical facility.

Richmond Heights Medical Center

Richmond Heights Hospital - Click Here for a MapFounded in 1961, University Hospitals Health System Richmond Medical Center is a full-service, 125-bed acute care facility serving the residents of eastern Cuyahoga County. The hospital has over 400 physicians representing over 30 specialties who provide expert care in a wide range of comprehensive medical and surgical services. Outpatient and inpatient consultations are available at Richmond.

Bedford Medical Center

University Hospitals Health System Bedford Medical Center, located in Bedford, Ohio, is a 110-bed, private, non-profit, full service, acute-care community hospital. Originally founded in 1908 as a 4-bed unit on the second floor of a private home in Bedford, the hospital has grown through the years to keep pace with an ever-expanding population and demand for high quality, accessible medical care.

In October 1997, the hospital added a state-of-the-art Outpatient Surgery Center; in June 2000, the beautifully appointed and modernized Bretshneider Women's Unit opened, offering enhanced obstetrics and gynecological services.


Bolwell Health Center - Click here for a UHC GuideResidents in the Case Neurology program see outpatients primarily both at Cleveland Medical Center and the VAMC. At Cleveland Medical Center, the neurology outpatient is based on the fifth floor of the Bolwell Health Center Building, part of the Neurological Institute. The neurology department maintains thirteen dedicated exam rooms and a large adjoining conference room. The Neuro-ophthalmology Division sees their patients in a suite on Bolwell 3.

In addition, the neurology staff see patients in surrounding community outpatient centers. Residents may join the faculty at some of these locations during their second year EMG continuity experience or during outpatient electives.

University Suburban Health Center

USHC - Click here for a MAPUniversity Suburban Health Center (USHC) was founded in 1973. The Center is staffed by 168 physicians representing more than 35 medical specialties. It's equipped to offer complete and modern outpatient medical and surgical care available in a non-hospital environment. Every physician who practices at USHC is on the staff of University Hospitals and the faculty of Case Western Reserve University's Schools of Medicine or Dentistry. The Neurology Department maintains an outpatient suite and EMG laboratory in Room 300. Dr. Daniel Miller is primarily based at USHC. In addition, several faculty members also see outpatients at USHC. The Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center sees their patients in a separate, newly renovated outpatient office on the 2nd floor of the building.

Chagrin Highlands Health Center

Chagrin Highlands - Click here for a MAPThe Chagrin Highlands Health Center in Orange, Ohio is a large outpatient medical center which also includes an Urgent care Center and an extension of the Seidman Cancer Center.

The Neurology Department has an EMG, EEG and Autonomic laboratories as well as a large outpatient suite at the Chagrin site. The location is very convenient to the east and south side suburbs.  Several faculty members see outpatients at Chagrin Highlands Health Center. The medical center also has full neuroradiology and laboratory testing.

Westlake Health Center

Westlake Medical Center - Click here for a MAPThe Westlake Health Center in Westlake, Ohio serves both adults and children with primary & specialty care. The location is near interstate 90 and convenient to all the west side suburbs.

Drs. Marek Buczek and Tanvir Syed of the Neurology Department see general outpatient neurologic consultations. Dr. Buczek specializes in neuromuscular disorders and in chronic pain. Dr. Buczek staffs an EMG laboratory extension at the Westlake site. Dr. Syed specializes in epilepsy and related disorders.

Park East Medical Center

The Brain Health and Memory Center, formerly the University Alzheimer Center, is located at the Park East Medical Building in Beachwood. The center is part of University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University.

The center provides clinical care to patients with mild memory loss, Alzheimer disease and other dementias. The center is involved with basic science research and clinical trials. The center's director is Alan J. Lerner, MD. Other Department of Neurology members at the Brain Health and Memory Center include Brian Appleby, MD, Paula Ogrocki, PhD, and Peter Whitehouse, MD, PhD.