Neurosurgeons

Neuroscience Institute

The Neuroscience Institute consolidates SIU’s Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry into a single-site outpatient clinical care center staffed by more than 50 neuroscience providers. The institute cares for patients with a range of disorders including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, spine disease, schizophrenia, anxiety and depression.

PATIENT CARE

A synergistic approach to patient care

By combining the breadth of experience from those within the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, patients receive comprehensive and coordinated care. Experts work closely together to provide patients with greater accessibility and faster appointment times, often on the same day. 

Our specialties include:

NSI patient care

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Doctors looking at brain scans.
EDUCATION

Seeking answers to stroke, Alzheimer's disease

Medical students have many opportunities to dive deeper into basic and clinical research throughout their four years at SIU School of Medicine.  The Mentored Professional Enrichment Experience provides students with the chance to work with physicians and researchers at SIU or other medical campuses. Students can take the eight-week elective between their first and second years of medical school.

“As students learn medicine, it’s important that they also understand the value of research as part of the health care field,” said MPEE Program Coordinator Eric Niederhoffer, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in Carbondale.

PATIENT CARE

Physical medicine and rehabilitation

Physiatry is a clinical specialty that focuses on optimizing the function and quality of life in people with a wide range of physical impairments, disabilities and conditions. It’s also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).

Physiatrists diagnose and treat medical conditions caused by injury, illness, or disease affecting the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves) and musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons). Conditions commonly evaluated by physiatrists include:

  • Chronic back pain, neck pain, and joint pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-operative or post-traumatic pain
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Burns
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy and other types of birth defects
  • Strokes 
  • Spinal cord injuries including paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Amputations and limb loss
  • Post-polio syndrome
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Physiatrist Jordan Sestak with patient
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SIU Drs team

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