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Welcome from Dr. Richerson

George B. Richerson, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
The Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience

I would like to welcome you to the University of Iowa Department of Neurology website. I invite you to explore this site to learn about the history and future of our department, the clinical care we provide, our research to better understand and treat neurological disease, and the educational opportunities for residents and students.

The Department of Neurology consists of a total of 75 faculty members. This includes 31 full-time faculty members, 28 of whom are clinicians. There are also 17 faculty members with primary appointments in other departments, and faculty members with emeritus or adjunct appointments. These clinicians, scholars, and educators are fully committed to providing unrivaled clinical care and training, and to applying advances in basic and translational neuroscience to finding ways to improve the care of patients with neurological disease.

The department is recognized nationally for its clinical excellence, physician training and research accomplishments. The clinical neurosciences at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics were recently ranked 21st nationally overall, and 6th among public universities, by U.S. News and World Report. 16 out of 28 full-time faculty members have been honored by their peers by being named to the prestigious Best Doctors in America list. Department of Neurology faculty also serve as principal investigators of 13 federal research grants.

The department operates inpatient general neurology and stroke services and provides consultations for patients admitted to other departments' inpatient services. We also have state-of-the-art inpatient monitoring units for epilepsy and sleep disorders within the department. The Neurology Outpatient Clinic operates daily, seeing approximately 14,000 outpatients each year. Additional outpatient clinics are held at the Veterans Administration Hospital, located across the street from UI Hospitals & Clinics. There are also active programs in clinical neurophysiology (EMGs/NCVs/EEGs/EPs), intraoperative and continuous bedside EEG monitoring and endovascular neurology. Fellowships are offered in Clinical Neurophysiology, Vascular Neurology, Sleep, Neuromuscular Disease, Epilepsy, General Neurology, Movements Disorders and Neuro-Ophthalmology, as well as in clinical, basic and translational research.

The basic and translational neurosciences and their relationship to clinical neurology are highly valued in the department. The administrative offices of Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience are housed in our department, and many of our faculty are members of this PhD program. We have recently initiated the Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program (CNS-TP) for former MSTP students and MD students with an interest in neuroscience, as a way to transition smoothly into independent careers as academic neurologists. This program provides up to 12 months of dedicated research time during the 4 year neurology residency, guaranteed funding for any neuroscience research fellowship at UI after completion of the residency, and supplementary financial support. All residents can choose a research fellowship from a rich variety of research opportunities available to them during and/or after their residency training.

Iowa Neurology has a proud tradition of state-of-the-art and high quality clinical care, of leading edge research, and of training the next generation of skilled academic leaders and impeccably trained clinical practitioners. It is a tradition that I invite you to learn more about on this website, whether you are a patient, trainee or colleague.

Thank you for your interest in our department, and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.