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VCU Department of Neurology

VCU Department of Neurology 

Welcome to the VCU Department of Neurology. Our talented, robust team of more than 66 clinical faculty members spanning nine divisions includes representatives from every neurology subspecialty in adult and child neurology, plus award-winning educators, clinical and translational neuroscientists and master clinicians.  

The Department of Neurology’s vision is to provide the best patient-centered neurological care while fostering the career development, education and training of our team members.


Message from the Chair

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Message from the Chair

The future of neurology is bright, with every day bringing a new fundamental discovery, or innovative treatment for neurological disease.  But we face daunting challenges in providing affordable access to care for our large and diverse population, renewing our focus on preventative care, and finding treatments for some of the most feared medical disorders. As we work to face these challenges with optimistic vigor, our focus remains on the patients and communities we serve, and our students and trainees, who are our future.

- A. Gordon Smith, M.D. FAAN


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Discovery is a central mission of the Department of Neurology.

VCU is a national leader, ranking 28th in the United States in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for neuroscience. We are part of a collaborative clinical, translational and basic neuroscience community, which includes the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Our NIH-funded investigators are leading and participating in numerous national and international studies.  

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Clinical Care

The foundation of any successful academic medical center is its clinical program and the patients and communities it serves.

VCU Neurology is nationally recognized for excellence across multiple subspecialty areas.  

The VCU Stroke Center was Virginia’s first advanced certification comprehensive stroke center accredited by the Joint Commission, and it has received a Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for stroke measures and stroke quality from the American Heart Association every year since 2011.  

Our electroencephalogram (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, and our EMG laboratory is accredited by the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. VCU Neurology is also home to a Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, a Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence, a Muscular Dystrophy Association-sponsored clinic, an ALS Association-sponsored clinic, and an American Academy of Sleep Medicine-accredited sleep center. 

VCU Health has the only Level 1 trauma center in the region, the Massy Cancer Center (one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in Virginia) and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR), the region’s only full-service pediatric hospital. Cumulatively, VCU Health has 1,125 beds.  

The Neurology department benefits from close collaboration with the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, which is one of several Veterans Affairs centers in the nation with a Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC), a VA Epilepsy Center of Excellence and Headache Center of Excellence. The VA leads the national Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC ). 

Our clinical teams benefit from excellent infrastructure. Among our new facilities are the Children’s Pavilion, the innovative Neuroscience, Orthopedic and Wellness Center and the Virginia Treatment Center, an inpatient psychiatric facility providing patient-centered care to families and children.   

In partnership with Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Hospital, we are building a 114-bed rehabilitation hospital that will open 2020. Construction is also underway for a 650,000 square foot adult outpatient facility to open in 2021, and a 500,000 square foot inpatient children’s hospital, adjacent to the outpatient Children’s Pavilion on the VCU Medical Center campus.  

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