Clinical Care


Neurological, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric disorders represent a significant physical, emotional, and financial burden on the individuals and families impacted by these disorders, as well as substantial financial costs to society. The ultimate goal of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute is to understand the inner workings of the brain and nervous system with the hope of improving our understanding of the illnesses affecting them and develop novel therapeutic approaches. A number of clinical departments -- including neurology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, anesthesia, radiology, and psychiatry at the University of Iowa -- provide world-class clinical care to the people of Iowa and the world.

The Iowa Neuroscience Institute houses world-class scientists leading to cutting-edge discoveries in basic neuroscience. To capitalize on these discoveries, the Iowa Neuroscience Institute will also be the first to develop and test them in humans with particular brain and neurological diseases. These efforts will contribute to the overall development of the University of Iowa into a destination for individuals with particular disorders, such as epilepsy, pain, hearing loss, stroke and traumatic brain injury, mood and anxiety disorders or autism.  


Autism Center

Child playing with toysThe Autism Center is an interdisciplinary clinic which provides diagnostic assessment, therapy, research and follow-up for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. 

Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Baby FootThe division provides interdisciplinary care for children with a variety of neurodevelopmental problems, including intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disorders (such as dyslexia), feeding disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and cerebral palsy.

Center for Disabilities and Development

Child playing with bubblesThe Center for Disabilities and Development at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is dedicated to improving the health and independence of people with disabilities and creating a life with opportunities for everyone.

Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

Clinical research unitNumerous clinical research studies utilize our CRU and our Early Phase Trials Unit. Others are carried out on hospital wards and in clinics, both on the UI campus and in other locations.

Department of Neurology

Nerves thumbnailThe Department of Neurology specialties include stroke, epilepsy, neuropsychology, movement disorder, headache, and sleep.

Department of Neurosurgery

Doctor viewing brain images on screenOur care is patient-focused in the surgical treatment of head and spine trauma, vascular disorders, tumors of the brain and spinal cord, pain and peripheral nerve abnormalities, degenerative spine pathology, epilepsy, and movement disorders.

Division of Pediatric Neurology

DNAThe division has clinical expertise in epilepsy, neurogenetics, and neuromuscular disorders and is committed to providing excellent clinical care and advancing knowledge through biomedical research. 

Department of Otolaryngology

Otolaryngology thumbnailThe Department of Otolaryngology is ranked among the top in the country by its peers. Our team diagnoses and treats diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat using state-of-the-art procedures and facilities. 

Department of Anesthesia

The Department of Anesthesia has been a leader in clinical care, education, and research for many decades. Our collaborative, team-based care approach results in excellent clinical care for the citizens of Iowa and beyond.

Department of Radiology

Radiology thumbnailOur team of trained specialists are nationally recognized leaders in radiology, and UIHC is one of only a few hospitals in the region that offers a full complement of imaging services.

Department of Psychiatry

Psychiatry thumbnailThe Department of Psychiatry is renowned for its expertise in caring for individuals suffering from major mental illness. Our multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, occupational and recreational therapists, and social workers.

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Child eye examThe department is recognized as one of the best programs in the nation for eye care. Our compassionate staff and skilled specialists provide a comprehensive array of vision and eye health services.