The University of Chicago Medicine offers a full spectrum of medical, surgical, pharmacological and support therapies to diagnose, treat and relieve neurological problems. These range from prescription medicines — including experimental drugs — to biofeedback and physical therapy. We also provide genetic testing to identify and better understand brain malformations and diseases and neuropsychological evaluations to test cognitive and behavioral functions.

We offer a complete range of neurological tests, including:

  • Sophisticated diagnostic tests that are not widely available elsewhere, including high-quality electroencephalography (EEG) and single-fiber nerve conduction and electromyography (EMG)

  • A state-of-the-art neurophysiology lab that provides long-term video and EEG-monitoring, as well as 3D computer-imaging analysis to localize brain sources of epilepsy

  • Long-term computerized monitoring of adults and children with sleep problems and seizures

  • Transcranial Doppler imaging for advanced diagnosis of neurological and vascular problems

  • Nerve and muscle biopsies and neuropathological examination

Our neurointensive care unit (ICU) takes on difficult cases beyond the capabilities of routine neurological care, including:

  • Treatment of acute strokes with thrombolytic agents to restore blood flow

  • Coil and balloon embolizations to treat aneurysms that are hard to reach surgically

We use high-precision surgical planning tools and techniques that enable our surgeons to perform complex brain surgeries without destroying vital brain functions. Advanced treatments include:

  • Sophisticated brain-mapping techniques to guide epilepsy surgery

  • Implantation of electrical stimulators to treat Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders

  • Advanced vascular procedures for stroke prevention

We use sophisticated, radiation therapy technologies for treating brain and spinal tumors, aneurysms and blood vessel abnormalities while causing minimal damage to healthy tissues. These techniques include:

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery

  • External beam radiation

  • Interstitial brachytherapy, or the implantation of tiny radioactive seeds into brain or spinal tumors

Second Opinions for Neurological Illnesses, Disorders & Injuries

We welcome the opportunity to provide a second opinion on your diagnosis or treatment plan. UChicago Medicine specialists are truly at the forefront of medicine and can offer options not widely available at most hospitals. Call us for a second opinion, at 1-888-824-0200.

To speed up the appointment process, please gather the following information before you call:

  • Your contact information including home address, email address and phone numbers (home, cell, work)
  • Current diagnosis information and information on any treatment you’ve already received
  • Your referring physician's information including name, address and phone number
  • Your primary care physician’s information (if it’s different from your referring physician or specialist's information) including name, address and phone number
  • The name, address and phone number of any specialist you’ve seen (if that specialist is different from either your primary care physician or referring physician)
  • Your health insurance information including name on the policy, employer of policy holder, policy number, birth date of policy holder, insurance subscriber ID and your insurance company’s customer service/provider inquiry phone number
  • Your Social Security number and date of birth

Before you arrive at your scheduled appointment, you will need to gather medical records, reports and scans. Please work with your physician(s) to collect copies of these files. You will need to sign a release form to obtain the information.

It is essential that our physicians have this information available at the time of your visit so they can provide the most accurate opinion on your care during your appointment.

  • Medical records, including all previous surgical and other procedure reports
  • Pathology slides and reports. These include glass slides of tissue that has been biopsied and the written reports by a pathologist. Pathology reports and slides will be returned after our physicians review them.
  • Actual films or CDs (DICOM compatible) of scans. These include CT, MRI, PET scans, ultrasounds and X-rays.