• slide show image
  • slide show image
  • slide show image
  • slide show image

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.


M1 Project HEART Student Awarded Dean's Summer Research Fellowship in Neuro-Oncology
8 May 2018

Mariya Husain, one Dr. Mark Malkin's M1 Project HEART students, has been awarded a Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship to work with Dr. Ashlee Loughan on the Death Anxiety in Neuro-oncology Patients project.

The VCU Neurology welcomes new chairman - A. Gordon Smith, MD, FAAN
19 March 2018

We are pleased to announce the appointment of A. Gordon Smith, M.D., F.A.A.N., who will serve as the chairman of the Department of Neurology. With distinguished accomplishments in the missions of teaching, research and clinical care, Dr. Smith’s breadth of experience and national stature will serve him well in his new role. We look forward to his contributions as a leader in the department as well as in support of our broader neuroscience program and in our community.

New Dementia Specialist
7 February 2017

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