Most of the neurologists and neurosurgeons at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago provide subspecialty care. That means they diagnose and treat specific conditions or groups of conditions within neurology and neurosurgery.
And, as the academic center of the Rush system, they draw on the latest neuroscience research and technology to provide you with up-to-date and innovative care.
What to Expect in Chicago for Neurology and Neurosurgery
- Multiple programs with subspecialty focus: Many of our neurology and neurosurgery providers focus on one aspect of the neurosciences. For instance, we have providers who specialize in only movement disorders treatment, only stroke care, only epilepsy or only brain tumors. This specialization (known as "subspecialty") allows providers to develop in-depth understanding of these particular conditions — from drug side effects to the latest research and treatment options.
- Neurosurgery subspecialty expertise: Our neurosurgeons also specialize. Some perform only brain surgeries, focusing on specific types of surgeries like deep brain stimulation (DBS) or brain tumor removal. Similarly, we have spine neurosurgeons who focus only on one aspect of spine surgery, such as cervical spine or lumbar spine surgery. Focusing on one area allows our neurosurgeons to keep up-to-date with all developments in the field and develop deep expertise in particular surgeries.
- Condition-focused Centers of Excellence: Many of our neuroscience Centers of Excellence are at Rush University Medical Center. Centers of Excellence receive this designation because they offer a higher level of care for a particular disease. They do this by addressing all aspects of a disease (e.g., medical, physical and emotional concerns) with multiple types of specialists.
- Recognized for excellence in spine surgery: Rush University Medical Center has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. This designation recognizes Rush’s commitment to high-quality care, patient safety and providing the best possible outcomes for our spine surgery patients. It also reflects our expertise with cervical and lumbar fusion, cervical laminectomy and lumbar laminectomy/discectomy procedures, which contributes to fewer complications and readmissions compared to other facilities.
- Advanced surgical, operating room and diagnostic technology: Our operating rooms use the latest advanced technology, including brain mapping and imaging within surgery. These technologies allow brain and spine surgeons to better visualize the areas they need to address during surgery and ensure the surgery is as successful as possible. This advanced visualization is also part of diagnostic cerebral angiograms through our new robotic system, CorPath GRX, which offers greater precision and safety.
- Specialized recovery from neurosurgery or brain emergency: Rush University Medical Center's neurointensive care unit (neuro ICU) is staffed with neurocritical care specialists. These providers (known as neurointensivists) have specialized training in helping the brain recover from infection, injury, stroke or surgery. More than 1,200 patients are transferred to Rush University Medical Center each year for this high level of expertise.