The Department of Neurology at UCLA was founded by Augustus S. Rose, MD, in the 1950s in the UCLA School of Medicine. Since then, it has grown from a few faculty members in that era to more than 100. The department is also home to 125 trainees and is associated with seven affiliated hospitals. The department offers comprehensive consultation, diagnosis, and treatment services for adult and geriatric patients with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and muscles. Clinical services are organized into general neurology and subspecialty programs. 

Clinical neurosciences in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical center are unique. Not only is there a large neurology-neurosurgery ward with all private rooms, but also a 26-bed neuro intensive care unit and a telemetry unit for monitoring epilepsy patients. The neuro ICU is the only such facility in the world to include a 3 Tesla MRI scanner as well as a PET-CT instrument. The location of these devices within the neuro ICU has made it possible, for the first time, to observe such acute clinical situations as the progression and resolution of ischemic stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral hemorrhage, vasospasm and many others. Previously, patients were too unstable for imaging and had to remain in the ICU, separated from these critical clinical and research tools.

As of the 2023-2024 edition of the U.S. News & World Report, this division is ranked 6th in the nation. The faculty of the Department of Neurology are distinguished scientists and clinicians who have been ranked #1 or #2 in NIH funding since 2002. New and renovated laboratory space typifies the efficient, effective and handsome surroundings in which the department is situated. The Department of Neurology is divided into disease-specific and method-specific programs including all of the major categories of neurological diseases and methods that include neurogenetics and neuroimaging as well as health services research. The faculty of the department represent a distinguished group of leaders in United States neurology. They chair many of the courses at national meetings and are the authors of many noted textbooks on subdisciplines in neurology. The faculty are accessible to trainees and well known nationally and internationally.

For more information, please visit the Department of Neurology webpage.

Last updated
January 4, 2024