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The VCU Department of Neurology

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Neurology at the Virginia Commonwealth University is three-fold:

1 Provide exceptional education to our students, residents, fellows, and the wider community of medical professionals.

2 Improve the lives of children and adults with neurological disorders through compassionate,  high-quality medical care and patient education.

3 Advance the knowledge of neurological disease by actively developing innovative treatments through basic science and clinical research.


Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Neurology! The Department has a dedicated team of  clinical and academic neurologists committed to our education, patient care and research missions.

We have achieved a national reputation and garnered numerous awards for our excellent and innovative teaching of students, residents, and fellows.  Many of our faculty speak nationally and internationally on topics such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, neuro-oncology, and stroke.  Our faculty hold multiple leadership positions on state and national professional boards and committees,  helping to shape the clinical, research, and educational aspects of neurology into the future. 

As the only Level 1 trauma academic tertiary care center within Central Virginia, we provide a high level of expertise for a variety of neurology conditions affecting adults and children. Our faculty are fellowship trained to provide outstanding care for persons with stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, headache, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease.  Many of our programs, including those in movement disorders and neuromuscular disorders, have multi-disciplinary clinics, which regularly bring together experts from Neurology, Psychology and Neuropsychology, Physical Therapy, Dietary therapy, and respiratory therapy in one location. Our EEG laboratory and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is the largest and most advanced in the region, having Level 4 accreditation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Our EMG laboratory is accredited by the AANEM, one of a handful in the state of Virginia. The VCU Stroke Center is certified by The Joint Commission and has garnered national recognition and multiple awards for providing excellent clinical care.

The Department of Neurology has a very active clinical research program with ongoing clinical trials in Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Epilepsy, and Multiple Sclerosis. Our basic science laboratories are helping to advance the understanding into neurodegenerative disease, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy, which will lead the way towards innovative translational research in the future.

Scott A. Vota, D.O.


New Dementia Specialist
7 February 2017

The Department of Neurology welcomes a new Dementia specialist to our practice

Welcome New Neurology Faculty
1 August 2016

The Department of Neurology welcomes several new faculty members

The Division of Child Neurology welcomes Chad Johnson, Ph.D.
5 January 2016

The Division of Child Neurology welcomes neuropsychologist Chad Johnson, Ph.D.

New general neurology and neuro-oncology faculty joins the department.
9 September 2015

New general neurology and neuro-oncology faculty joins the department - Dr. Mihran Ozbalik & Dr. Zhi-Jian Chen.

Prachi Mehndiratta, M.D. joins neurovascular team
1 July 2015

Dr. Prachi Mehndiratta joined the department on July 1, 2015.