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Neurology

Neurology

The Department of Neurology provides expertise in the treatment of stroke, Neuro-trauma, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, neuro-muscular, peripheral nerve injury, pain, neuro-geriatric memory disorder, gait and balance disorder, neuro-otology (skull base) and neuro-ophthalmology.  The Stroke Center at Westchester Medical Center facilitates the best care currently available for cerebrovascular disease.  Specialized programs for the care of patients with neuromuscular disorders and epilepsy are directed by some of the finest sub-specialists in the country.

The following specializations distinguish the Neurology Department at Westchester Medical Center:

  • Neuro-otology (skull base) - Treatment of injuries to the base of the skull, the main conduit of the electrical system of the body.
  • Neuro-ophthalmology - Treatment of injuries and conditions of the nervous system which controls vision.
  • Neuro-Urology - Treatment of nerve conditions affecting bladder control, erectile dysfunction and urination in men and women.
  • Pediatric Neurology - Treatment of nerve disorders in children. Caught early, effective treatment can prevent life-long disabilities.
  • Neuro-Oncology - Treatment and management of cancers of the central nervous system.
  • Intraoperative Monitoring - A collaborative effort between anesthesiologits and neurologist that monitors activity of the muscles and the brain to ensure they remain intact.
  • The Stroke Center at Westchester Medical Center - The center is dedicated to rapid intervention of a developing cerebral vascular accident and to the study of new and effective treatments.
  • Electroencephalography - Technology that allows neurologists to observe the patterns of electrical activity of the brain and check for disease.
  • 24-hour Ambulatory EEG - Minimally intrusive electroencephalography that patients undergo for a full day.
  • Electromyography with Nerve Conduction Disorders - Technology which checks for healthy nerve and muscle interaction.

The Neurology Department at Westchester Medical Center specializes in treating the following conditions:

  • Stroke - Strokes have many causes and usually involve an interruption or alteration of the blood supply to some area of the brain resulting in a lack of oxygen and subsequent tissue damage. Our stroke center specializes in rapid treatment to minimize the damage.
  • Neuro-trauma - Direct trauma to the brain requires careful and dedicated care often over a lengthy course of rehabilitation. Here at Westchester Medical Center we have a dedicated team of rehab specialists.
  • Parkinson's Disease - A degenerative disease of the movement control area of the brain which can be efectively managed through education and consultation with our neurologists.
  • Epilepsy - A chronic disorder characterized by brain dysfunction and usually associated with some alteration of consciousness such as seizures. Epilepsy symptoms vary from complex abnormalities of behavior including generalized or focal convulsions to momentary spells of impaired consciousness.
  • Multiple Sclerosis  - A disorder involving degeneration of the insulating tissue surrounding nerves. which presents with a wide range of symptoms and severity.
  • Sleep Disorders - We address altered sleep patterns which may be impaired by changes in our biology, medications, stress or other unidentified reasons. These disorders can have serious consequences to a person's health as effective sleep is necessary for continued survival.
  • Neuro-muscular, Peripheral Nerve Injury - Injury to neuromuscular junctions can disrupt nerve impulses to the muscles and cause symptoms ranging from paralysis to uncontrollable pain.

Brij Singh Ahluwalia, M.D. (Director)

Our Medical Staff

Cerebro Vascular Diseases
Brij Singh Ahluwalia, MBBS (Section Chief)
Stephen Marks, MD (Section Co-Chief)
Ramandeep Sahni, MD

General Neurology
Brij Singh Ahluwalia, MBBS (Section Chief)
Beatrice Engstrand, MD
Paul Lleva, MD
Baldev Singh, MD
Ute Traugott, MD

Movement Disorder
Robert Fekete, MD

Neuromuscular
Jin Li, MD (Section Chief)

Neurophysiology/Epilepsy
Venkat Ramani, MD (Section Chief)
Anila Thomas, MD