LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In an effort to enhance patient care, improve access to care, spotlight the nationally renowned work of providers and bring greater focus to brain and spine care under the UofL Health brand, UofL Health’s neuroscience & spine programs have united under a new name. Now the UofL Health – Brain & Spine Institute, this new integrated model will further develop and drive the service line towards national best practice standards and even greater recognition.

Under the leadership of the new System Vice President of Neuroscience and Spine, Joshua Beardsley, UofL Health has seen significant growth & collaboration in each of these specialties. The UofL Health – Brain & Spine Institute services are now located across the UofL Health System, with clinic locations and services offered at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital, UofL Health – Abraham Flexner Outpatient Center, UofL Health – Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, UofL Health – Shelbyville Hospital, UofL Health – Medical Center East, UofL Health – Comprehensive Spine Center at UofL Health – Medical Center Northeast and UofL Trager Institute/Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic with plans to optimize and grow services even more.

“While the establishment of the Brain & Spine Institute is a momentous occasion for UofL Health, it is even more so for the patients and communities we have the privilege of serving,” Beardsley said. “The Brain & Spine Institute brings together a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the way in which care is delivered to patients, integrating all aspects of specialized care for those with neurological or spine-related conditions. This launch is just the first step on a journey that will integrate comprehensive care, clinically relevant research and improved access, all while highlighting the world-class care that is already available right here in Louisville.”

What is the Brain & Spine Institute?

The Brain & Spine Institute brings together UofL Physicians practices, community providers, and hospital services, all to offer a multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients. This approach includes clinical and academic research at University of Louisville School of Medicine, multiple other UofL academic departments and health system services. The UofL Health – Brain & Spine Institute offers specialties and programs including:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurology
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Comprehensive Stroke Program
  • Comprehensive Spine Care
  • Multidisciplinary Surgical and Non-Surgical Spine Treatment
  • Frazier Rehabilitation Institute
  • Neuropsychology
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Brain Health and Dementia Care
  • Social Work and Case Management
  • Clinical and Academic Research

Institute leaders are currently working to improve patient access through a central phone number and access point. Every established and future clinic will become a Brain & Spine Institute clinic, allowing for an expanded multi-disciplinary approach to comprehensive care delivery and access. You can learn more about their services at UofLHealth.org/Services/Brain-Spine-Institute/.

What makes the Brain & Spine Institute unique?

  • Expert physicians and advanced care providers:
    • 12 Neurosurgeons with five subspecialties: Spine, Functional, Trauma, Tumor, Cerebrovascular
    • 18 neurologists with 10 subspecialties: Stroke, Epilepsy, Neuromuscular, Movement Disorders, Headache, General Neurology, Dementia, MS/Neuroimmunology, Sleep, Pediatric Neurology
    • 17 pediatric neurologists affiliated with Norton Healthcare
    • 13 Physiatrists with 7 subspecialties: Cancer, Musculoskeletal, Stroke, Trauma, Spinal Cord Injury, Pain, Sports Medicine
    • 5 Geriatricians
    • 4 Neuropsychologists
    • 3 Rehab Psychologists
  • Integration of both clinical and academic research initiatives
  • Unique services and specialized centers:
    • The regions only Level IV Epilepsy Center/Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
    • Comprehensive Stroke Center
    • Two Primary Stroke Centers
    • Four Accredited Centers of Excellence:
      • Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence
      • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Certified Center
      • Muscular Dystrophy Association Care Center
      • Charcot-Marie Tooth Association Center of Excellence
    • Louisville Bypass Program
    • The only Cancer Rehab program in the region
    • Multiple firsts, including the first to perform GammaTile Therapy
    • The only Elliquence surgical system in Kentucky and Indiana
    • UofL Trager Institute/Republic Bank Optimal Aging Clinic
    • Multiple patient support groups
    • Multiple active research grants

Watch for additional information and news about the UofL Health – Brain & Spine Institute as they continue to grow and bring recognition to our organization.

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