Neuroscience Institute – Patient Care and Treatment
Top experts in clinical neuroscience use cutting-edge care
At the Penn State Neuroscience Institute, we specialize in treating some of medicine’s most complicated diseases. Disorders of the brain and nervous system get all our attention and compassion. An emphasis on brain research means you or your loved one gets the latest treatments. Our health care team works with families and caregivers to create unique plans for each patient. We strive to give you the best possible chance at wellness.
- Acoustic neuromas
- Adult psychiatric issues
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Arteriovenous fistula
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) of the brain and spinal cord
- Autism and spectrum disorders
- Back and neck pain
- Brachial plexus injuries - pediatric
- Brain (cerebral) aneurysms
- Brain injury
- Brain and spine tumors – adult
- Cancer pain
- Carotid artery disease
- Cavernous malformations
- Cerebral palsy
- Chiari malformations – adult and pediatric
- Chronic pain
- Craniofacial disorders
- Developmental disorders
- Diseases and disorders of the spine
- Fetal brain and spinal anomalies (prenatal counseling)
- Headache and migraine
- Movement disorders - Parkinson's disease
- Moyamoya disease
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Neurologic sports injuries
- Neurometabolic/neurodegenerative disorders
- Neuromuscular disease/muscular dystrophy
- Neuropsychological assessment
- Neurotrauma and critical care
- Occlusive cerebrovascular disease
- Pediatric brain cancer
- Peripheral nerve disorders
- Pituitary tumors
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
- Shaken baby syndrome
- Sleep research and treatment
- Spina bifida – adult and pediatric
- Skull base neurosurgery
- Spinal injuries and disorders
- Spinal cord tethering
- Spinal disorders
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Sympathetically maintained pain
- Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Vascular neurosurgery
Getting started at the Neuroscience Institute
To make the most of your first visit, gather all your personal medical information. Have it ready for the doctor, along with your own questions about what we can do for you.
What to expect when you first call
While you are on the phone scheduling your first visit, our staff may ask questions about your illness. They may also ask what your doctor has arranged for you. This helps us set up everything properly.
We like you to ask questions
It is important for you to understand why and how you will receive treatment. So we encourage you to ask questions to be clear on things. Before you come in, please take a moment to write down questions for the doctor.
Medical records and list of medications
We need all of the medical records related to your neurological condition. This includes any radiology test results and records of surgery. We must have them at the time of your first visit. You can bring them or have your doctor(s) send them to us.
Please make a list of exactly what medications you take, and any drugs you are allergic to. You must bring this with you on your first visit.
Make us aware of changes
When you arrive for each visit, please tell us right away if anything has changed. For example, your address, telephone, primary doctor, insurance or other important personal information.
Sometimes we’re late for your appointments
Sometimes we need to delay your visit time because your doctor has an emergency or a patient with a complicated problem. We know waiting is inconvenient. We appreciate your understanding.
If an emergency causes us to cancel your visit, we apologize. We will reschedule your visit for the soonest available opening.
If you need to cancel, give 24-hour notice
Please give us at least 24 hours notice when you need to cancel. We may want to give your appointment spot to a patient in urgent need. We are happy to reschedule your visit.