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Neurology

Adult Neurology

The Adult Division of Neurology provides patient care in all subspecialties of our field including the areas of Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders, Stoke, Headache, Autonomic Disorders, Neuromuscular Diseases, Epilepsy, General Neurology, Neurocritical Care, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS and Sleep Disorders.

In clinical departments across the country the rapid evolution in the Neurosciences is mirrored by the development of subspecialty care teams. Modern stroke care, for instance, requires that physicians with special expertise make rapid determinations of a patient's status and of the optimal management. Treatment options vary from routine admission for observation and work-up to immediate intracranial thrombolysis. Our Division is fortunate to have fellowship-trained Neurologists specializing in stroke and both Neurointensive and Neurointerventional care who provide state-of-the-art treatments. The clinical expertise assembled in the Department of Neurology had resulted in JCAHO certification of Froedtert Hospital as the first Primary Stroke Center in Wisconsin in 2004.

Adult Inpatient Care is provided by specialized care teams who cover epilepsy, stroke and all other neurological problems. Another group of physicians cares for critically ill patients in the Neurointensive Care Unit. We use six rooms on the inpatient ward for EEG-Video monitoring of patients with seizures and to identify individuals who may benefit from surgical resection of epileptic brain foci. Candidates for such invasive procedures are carefully selected by a team that also includes neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists and specially trained nurses.

Electrophysiological capabilities in the Adult Division include standard methodologies for EMG, Nerve-Conductions, EEG and Evoked potential studies.

We further provide electrophysiologic monitoring during a wide variety of procedures, including spine surgery, brachial plexus exploration, epileptic focus resection and during the implantation of deep brain stimulators (DBS). The Adult Division also runs an autonomic lab that offers advanced and innovative test capabilities. The spectrum of lab services in the Adult Division is rounded out by a sleep lab, and a muscle and nerve pathology laboratory. We obtain our own skin, nerve and muscle biopsies and analyze the samples with light, confocal and electron microscopy.

Adult Division physicians have variable clinical and research engagements. Some are full time clinicians while others have extensive research commitments. We work closely with our own group of PhDs and collaborate with basic scientists from the Medical College of Wisconsin. A large proportion of clinicians are involved in drug studies, particularly in the fields of dementia, movement disorders, MS, ALS, Stroke and epilepsy.

Physicians of the Adult Section of Neurology work closely with a group of outstanding residents, fellows, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses. Their daily contributions enable us to continue providing high quality care and participate in research and the training of new physicians. We are committed to translate our own research and the rapid advances in the Neurosciences into therapeutic benefits for our patients.

Meet Our Team

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Naveen Kumar Addagatla, MD

Assistant Professor

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Christopher Todd Anderson, MD

Assistant Professor

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Humberto A. Battistini, MD

Associate Professor

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Karen A. Blindauer, MD

Chief, Professor

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Diane S. Book, MD

Associate Professor

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Ryan Brennan, DO

Assistant Professor

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Staley A. Brod, MD

Professor

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Chad Carlson, MD

Associate Professor

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Michael P. Collins, MD

Associate Professor

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Jennifer M. Connelly, MD

Associate Professor

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Juan Jose Figueroa, MD

Assistant Professor

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Brian-Fred M. Fitzsimmons, MD

Chair, Associate Professor

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Jonathan W. Florczak, MD

Assistant Professor

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Frederick G. Freitag, DO, FAHS

Associate Professor

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Elias Granadillo, MD

Assistant Professor

Pramod Gupta, MD

Assistant Professor

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Ann K. Helms, MD, MS

Associate Professor

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Vijay Johnson, MD, MS

Assistant Professor; Director, Neurological Intensive Care (NICU)

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Marc A. Lazzaro, MD, FAHA

Assistant Professor

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John R. Lynch, MD

Associate Professor

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Ahmed Zayed Obeidat, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Wendy L. Peltier, MD

Associate Professor

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Merav Sabri, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor

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Fernando Santos-Pinheiro, MD

Assistant Professor

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Fallon C. Schloemer, DO

Assistant Professor

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Derrick Alan Shumate, DO

Assistant Professor

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John M. Skantz, MD

Assistant Professor

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Serena Thompson, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Specialty Programs

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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).

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Headache Medicine

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.

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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).

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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.

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Neuromuscular Disease and Autonomic Disorders

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.

Part of the Neuromuscular Disease and Autonomic Disorders Program is the group of diverse conditions called Autonomic Disorders. These conditions include such diagnoses as small fiber neuropathy and 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 Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

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Neuro-Oncology Program

The Neuro-Oncology program is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors as well as neurological complications of cancer.

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Neuro-Ophthalmology Program

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.

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Sleep Disorders Program

The Sleep Disorders Program is a multidisciplinary effort to provide comprehensive and high quality care to patients with sleep disorders.

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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.

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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.

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Stroke Program

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.

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