Neurology

Neurologists in Louisville

Patients who experience neurological challenges are faced with an array of complex decisions concerning their care and treatment. The care and support required extends far beyond the needs of the patient because with neurological disorders, family members and loved ones also experience changes that impact their daily lives. UofL Physicians-Neurology, formerly known as University Neurologists PSC, comprises highly trained neurologists in Louisville who specialize in conditions that negatively affect the brain and nervous system as a result of injury or disease. Additionally, UofL Physicians - Child Neurology has a team of specialists trained specifically in pediatric neurology. At UofL Physicians-Neurology, we diagnose and treat disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, muscles and nerves throughout the body. Our array of specialized clinical services, including evaluation and management, second opinions for complex cases and diagnostic testing allows us to provide services for both minor disorders and patients who are critically ill.

The UofL Physicians - Neurology clinical subspecialties include: general neurology, stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disease, clinical neurophysiology, headache, sleep disorders, and child neurology.

UofL Physicians - Neurology’s multidisciplinary staff of more than 20 clinical faculty and over 35 department members strives to provide patient-focused, world-class medical care for the entire spectrum of neurological diseases. As researchers and teachers at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, we have a passion and commitment to develop new treatments and cures for neurologic diseases. Our clinical research in stroke and multiple sclerosis are among the fastest growing programs in the country, enrolling patients in important clinical trials with potentially life-saving treatments. Our research in movement disorders, particularly in progressive supranuclear palsy and Parkinson’s disease, is internationally recognized as the leading work in this subspecialty of neurology. The programs at UofL Physicians-Neurology involve a worldwide interdisciplinary network of collaboration aimed at developing preventive and corrective treatments for neurological disorders.

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  • Neuro Treatments LouisvilleAlzheimer's disease, dementia and memory loss
  • Ataxia, a lack of muscle coordination during voluntary movements, such as walking or picking up objects. A sign of an underlying condition, ataxia can affect movement, speech, eye movement and the ability to swallow.
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Headaches
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Movement Disorders, which are a group of diseases and syndromes affecting the ability to produce and control movement, such as Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Neuromuscular disorders, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), muscular dystrophy, myopathies, myasthenia gravis and post-polio syndrome.
  • Pediatric neurological diseases, including cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus (see Child Neurology page for more pediatric conditions)
  • Peripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, often causes numbness and pain in the hands and feet. People typically describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.
  • Sleep disorders, including narcolepsy, SIDS and sleep apnea
  • Stroke and cerebrovascular disorders

Child Neurology

University of Louisville Physicians – Child Neurology offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for infants and children with disorders of the nervous system.  Our specialists are devoted to promoting the optimal care and welfare of children with neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders. These disorders include epilepsy, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, learning disabilities, complex metabolic diseases, nerve and muscle diseases and a host of other highly challenging conditions.

The child neurologists at UofL Physicians are specially trained physicians who have followed up their four-year medical school education training in pediatrics, general neurology, and pediatric neurology.

UofL Physicians child neurologists diagnose, treat and manage the following conditions:

  • Seizure disorders, including seizures in newborns, febrile convulsions and epilepsy
  • Medical aspects of head injuries and brain tumors
  • Weakness, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and nerve muscle disorders
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Behavioral disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), school failure, autism and sleep problems
  • Developmental disorders, including delayed speech, motor milestones and coordination issues
  • Mental retardation

For more information on Child Neurology, visit https://www.uoflphysicians.com/child-neurology.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Cognitive/Geriatric Neurology

Correct diagnosis of neurologic disorders in older adults can be difficult because signs of disease may mimic normal signs of aging. Also, patients frequently have more than one neurologic problem at once. It can be challenging to find the best treatment once such a problem has been diagnosed.

The team of professionals at the UofL Physicians Neurology practice is led by Dr. Robert Friedland, a nationally and internationally recognized expert, researcher and physician  committed to identifying groundbreaking treatments that address the clinical and biological issues associated with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.

Under Dr. Friedland’s leadership, the practice performs an initial comprehensive evaluation, which includes a detailed history and mental status examination; standardized cognitive, functional and depression testing; pertinent neurological and physical examination; laboratory testing; neuroimaging; and referral for neuropsychological testing and for consultation by other team members as necessary. The team identifies risk factors for future cognitive decline and protective factors that may slow future cognitive decline.

Patients then receive a holistic individualized treatment plan, which aims to reduce the impact of risk factors while promoting protective factors along with neuroprotective and cognition-enhancing drugs and supplements.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is diagnosed in 125,000 Americans each year.  Finding the experts required to address the condition can be frustrating.  With epilepsy, the normal pattern of neuronal activity becomes disturbed, causing strange sensations, emotions and behavior or sometimes convulsions, muscle spasms and loss of consciousness.

Even mild seizures may require treatment because they can be dangerous during activities such as driving or swimming. Treatment — which generally includes medications and sometimes surgery — usually eliminates or reduces the frequency and intensity of seizures. Many children with epilepsy even outgrow the condition.

The UofL Physicians Epilepsy Program provides comprehensive diagnosis and management for people with epilepsy. Our team of specialists includes epileptologists, epilepsy fellows, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, nurses and EEG technologists committed to providing the best possible care for people with epilepsy. We treat the entire person taking in to consideration age, health and lifestyle  to address a treatment that is the most effective for the patient.  Education is the key to treating this condition, and our experts invest the time required to assist the patient and their families to fully understand the recommended treatment.

List of Services:

  • Precise diagnosis of epilepsy syndromes and seizure types
  • Expert EEG interpretation
  • In-patient epilepsy monitoring
  • Expert medication management (over 15 available)
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Vagus nerve stimulation
  • Investigational treatments

Headache

Headaches can range from minor headaches that last a few minutes to intense migraines that may be debilitating. The UofLPhysicians - Comprehensive Headache Program promotes excellence in patient care to individuals with headache and facial pain throughout the Kentuckiana region.

Movement Disorders

UofL Physicians - Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, in partnership with Frazier Rehab and Neuroscience Institute, provides state-of-the art, comprehensive care to patients and families with movement disorders.

For more information, visit the UofL Physicians - Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders page or the UofL Medical School's Neurology page.

Neuromuscular

The University of Louisville Physicians - Neuromuscular Program provides a full complement of services ranging from clinical assessment, laboratory testing and electrodiagnosis to biopsy and histology of nerve and muscle. Currently, several clinical trials are in place for investigation of new and novel therapies of nerve, muscle and neuromuscular junction disorders.

List of services

  • Clinical assessment of disorders of nerve, muscle and neuromuscular junction.
  • Electrodiagnosis of neuromuscular disorders including electromyography, nerve conduction studies (NCV), single fiber EMG, autonomic testing.
  • On-site biopsy of nerve and muscle.
  • Preparation and pathological evaluation of nerve and muscle specimens.

Stroke

When it comes to minimizing the effects of stroke, immediate care is vital. The University of Louisville Physician’s Neurologists led two nationally recognized stroke Centers set up to make sure stroke patients receive rapid, comprehensive care; University Hospital Stroke Center and The centers offer in-house stroke team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Combining technology, therapy and treatment, patients receive the most comprehensive care in the region. Examination, laboratory studies, cardiac tests, and state-of-the-art imaging studies can be performed within minutes of a patient's arrival in the Emergency Care Center. A full range of medical and rehabilitation services is instantly available, from a team that includes neurologists, critical care physicians, interventional neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, and cardiologists as well as nutritionists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, diabetic coordinators, and stroke nurses.

To find out more about the University of Louisville Physicians - Stroke programs please visit University Hospital’s Stroke Center.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

Offices and Clinics

  • UofL Health Care Outpatient Center (Neurology)
    401 E. Chestnut St.
    Suite 510
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-589-0802
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  • Children's Hospital Foundation Building (Child Neurology)
    601 S. Floyd St.
    Suite 500
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-588-3650
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  • UofL Physicians Pediatric Specialists at Old Brownsboro Crossing
    9880 Angie's Way
    Suite 330
    Louisville, Kentucky 40241
    502-588-3650
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Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Louisville Hospital
  • Jewish Hospital
  • Kosair Children’s Hospital

Our faculty and staff are pursuing the latest cutting edge therapies and treatments for all neurological diseases and conditions. In our partnership with the University of Louisville, we are advancing our knowledge in the areas of acute stroke treatments, potential therapies to treat Multiple Sclerosis and acute seizure and headache treatments.

In addition, UofL Physicians - Child Neurology works closely with Kosair Children’s Hospital. We are steadfast in our dedication to providing the best scientific information and evidence on the safety and effectiveness of treatments for neurological disorders in children.

Our Louisville neurologists are nationally and internationally renowned in the field of neurology and research. We are consultants on many challenging cases throughout the country and the world, dedicated to not just being on the cutting edge but defining the cutting edge in treatment for our patients.

Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000