Adult Neurology Specialty Programs
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Program
The ALS Program at MCW serves two clinics, one at Froedtert Hospital and the other at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. The Froedtert Hospital ALS Clinic is a designated Center of Excellence by the ALS Association, which also support this Program. Patients referred for this disorder are initially seen for diagnosis and testing. Once the diagnosis is established, patients are then referred for comprehensive management in the Multi-Disciplinary Clinics either at Froedtert to the Milwaukee VA (Veterans only). The Milwaukee VA ALS Clinic is one of the few multi-disciplinary clinics dedicated to caring for veterans with ALS in the VA system, receiving special recognition for this by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
This group of diverse conditions includes such diagnoses as small fiber neuropathy, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) among others. Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is unique in having one of the few laboratories to test for these conditions in the region. There is a parallel program to evaluate children with these disorders at Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin.
Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center provides a cutting-edge treatment of the patient with continuing seizures. The programmatic approach is necessary to accomplish seizure freedom, the reasonable and expectable goal of treatment.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a surgical option for patients with Parkinson's disease, Essential Tremor, dystonia, and other movement disorders that are not responding to the usual medications, or where those medications are causing unwanted side-effects. During DBS surgery electrodes are implanted within the brain to deliver electrical impulses.
Functional MRI Study Group
MCW researchers helped pioneer the development of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain in 1992, and MCW has continued to be a world leader in this field. Research protocols including studies of normal and patient populations (e.g., Alzheimer's Disease, Epilepsy, Stroke).
Headache Medicine is a subspecialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of head and face pain. Its scope includes the primary headache disorder such as migraine, tension type and cluster headache as well as headache that may be related to other medical factors such as neuralgia, sinus disease, infection, and exposure to chemical and environmental items.
Hyperbaric Medicine Unit
MCW Researchers have pioneered the use of hyperbaric oxygen in conjunction with NASA near-infrared Light-Emitting Diode (LED) technology for treatment of hard to heal wounds such as diabetic skin ulcers, serious burns and the complications of cancer treatment (chemotherapy and radiation).
Movement Disorders Program
The physicians in this program specialize in the care of patients with neurological movement disorders, including Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and ataxia.
The Neuromuscular Staff at MCW sees people with a variety of conditions such as myopathy, muscular dystrophy, acute and chronic inflammatory polyneuropathies, among other conditions. State of the art techniques are available in the electrodiagnostic laboratory and in the nerve and muscle laboratory. In the latter, the Neuromuscular faculty are unique in being able to process and read their own biopsies.
The Neuro-Oncology program is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of primary brain tumors as well as neurological complications of cancer.
Our Neuro-Ophthalmologists make neurological diagnoses based on the ophthalmological examination; thus, our patients undergo detailed visual sensory, ocular motor and eye examinations to localize the site of dysfunction and narrow the differential diagnosis.
Sleep Disorders Program
The Sleep Disorders Program is a multidisciplinary effort to provide comprehensive and high quality care to patients with sleep disorders.
Sleep Research Laboratory
The Sleep Research Laboratory in the Department of Neurology conducts basic and preclinical research investigating the neural and physiological impairments resulting from lack of sleep.
Sports Concussion Clinic
This clinic provides multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment of sport-related concussion for athletes at all competitive levels. Our clinical team is led by national experts in the area of sport concussion.
Stroke programs provide comprehensive care to patients. From the emergency room to physical rehabilitation, stroke programs combine the skills of many different disciplines offering prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke, and the rehabilitation of the patient.