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The Comprehensive Neurology Program was established in 2001 in response to patient demand for greater access to general neurology clinical services.
In recent years, medicine has been moving in the direction of increased specialization. Having a program devoted to comprehensive neurology unifies the efforts of our entire neurology department and represents yet another breakthrough in Massachusetts General Hospital's storied history.
Our board-certified neurologists, each of whom has subspecialty training, advise and consult with primary care physicians in diagnosing and treating a full range of neurological problems, including:
When further neurological care is required, we can make referrals to the appropriate specialist within the neurology department. Such conditions include:
A Tradition of General Neurology
General neurologists have always had a strong presence at Mass General. Raymond Adams, MD—the former chair of the neurology department and one of the founders of modern neurology—emphasized the importance of the comprehensive neurologist. Dr. Adams underscored the neurologist's ability to treat a wide variety of neurological problems, and his example continues to serve as our inspiration.
The General Neurology Program is headed by Director Nagagopal Venna, MD, whose subspecialties are multiple sclerosis and neuro-ophthalmology. The rest of our team's subspecialties are listed below:
Clinical Research Studies and Trials
The physicians in our program conduct clinical research studies and trials across a number of subspecialties. Patients have the opportunity to participate in these studies and trials and to potentially benefit from new therapies. For more information, please call the Comprehensive Neurology Program coordinator at 617-726-5533.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that occurs when nerve cells in the brain die, often resulting in symptoms such as impaired memory, thinking and behavior.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition involving the brain that makes people more susceptible to having seizures.
A headache is pain or discomfort in the head or face area.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. It is an unpredictable condition that can be relatively benign, disabling, or devastating.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Stress and muscle tension are often factors in tension type headaches.
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a complex, autoimmune disorder in which antibodies destroy neuromuscular connections. This causes problems with the voluntary muscles of the body, especially the eyes, mouth, throat, and limbs.
Neurocutaneous syndrome is a broad term for a group of neurologic disorders that can cause tumors to grow inside the brain, spinal cord, organs, skin and skeletal bones.
Parkinson's disease (PD or, simply, Parkinson's) is a slowly progressing, degenerative disease that is associated with symptoms such as tremor or trembling of the arms, jaw, legs and face, stiffness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), postural instability or impaired balance and coordination.
Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted.
General Neurology Program
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