Letter from the Chair
Neurology entered this century with never before seen advances in understanding normal functions of the brain and its diseases. Discovery of mutations in disease genes, novel imaging methods, development of new drugs and their evaluation in clinical trials have all led to breakthroughs in the treatment of neurological diseases. Just in the last decade, new medications and surgical treatments have been discovered for diseases as diverse as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer disease, stroke, and epilepsy ushering in a golden age for the clinical neurosciences.
The Neurology Department at the University of Utah has a long tradition of excellence in clinical care, education, translational and clinical research. A large number of subspecialists provide expert diagnosis and treatment for all disorders affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. We have a well-established and highly regarded residency program and a number of fellowships in neurological subspecialties.
The interdisciplinary nature of our programs allows close collaboration of neurology faculty with faculty in Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology, as well as Pediatrics and Rehabilitation. Last year we admitted over 1,150 inpatients, and had more than 31,000 outpatient visits. The interactions within our newly created Clinical Neurosciences Center has further increased collaborations in education, research, and patient care and resulted in an integration of our three missions.
Stefan Pulst, MD, Dr med