UI Hospitals and Clinics

Neurology and Neurosurgery

Best Hospitals 2015 Neurology and Neurosurgery

The brain is the most complex organ of the human body and requires sophisticated care when injury or disease strikes. Many patients diagnosed with neurological illnesses need advanced treatment options found only at a few hospitals in the country.

At UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children's Hospital, teams of world-class neurologists, neurosurgeons and other sub-specialists represent virtually all areas of expertise in the neurosciences field. They collaborate to explore every known solution for neurological problems such as stroke, brain tumor, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson's disease and often discover new approaches for patient care.

Our services for brain and nervous system disorders include:

About Your Neurology Visit

Patient Information

Information to help you locate many patient and visitor amenities, including the gift shop, places to eat, ATMs, where to buy cards and stamps, newspaper machines, the Patient and Visitor Activities Center, pastoral care, plus much more.


Instructions you receive in your appointment letter may request that you report to a registration area upon your arrival. If you must register and/or update insurance information, you should bring all insurance identification cards. If your insurance company or health maintenance organization (HMO) requires preauthorization of your visit, be sure you have this authorization (from your doctor, HMO, or insurance company) before you arrive at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

To reach the Neurology clinic, take elevator D to the second floor. The clinic entrance will be directly opposite the elevator. When you arrive at the clinic, check in at the reception desk so the clinic staff is aware that you are in the waiting area.

Upon your arrival in the Neurology Clinic the receptionist will verify your address and other pertinent information needed to communicate with you or to schedule future appointments.

The receptionist will also request information concerning your local doctor. This information is important because the neurology physician will send a report to your referring doctor informing him or her of the results of your visit. Your referring physician may also need to be notified of any tests results indicating a change in medication or treatment provided to you locally.

Visit the Hospitality Center

The Neurology Clinic is pleased to invite you to use the Hospitality Center in the clinic waiting room. The center offers hot beverages to patients and their families or attendants who accompany them to the clinic.

Seeing Your Doctor and Nurse

After you have checked in with the receptionist, you will be called to an exam room by a nurse. The nurse will take your vital signs, ask you about any allergies or medications, and inform you of your day's schedule.

Your examination will be directed by a staff physician. The staff physician in charge of your care may be assisted by residents (physicians receiving specialty training), and medical students. The physicians will conduct a medical history, physical and neurological exam. They will then discuss with you the need for any further medical testing or consultations with other physicians in the hospital.

During Your First Visit

  • You may receive information about
    • Testing plans
    • Testing results (if available)
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment plans
  • Keeping in touch with us
    • Receive clinic telephone numbers
  • After your first visit
    • A staff neurologist will send a letter regarding the results of your visit to your referring physician.
    • If it is necessary to return on another day for tests, visit the receptionist

Scheduling Tests

During your clinic visit, your physician may order laboratory, radiology, electrophysiology, or other procedures. These tests will be scheduled at the end of your visit by the clinic receptionist.

Some tests may be arranged the same day. However, if another day is required, the receptionist will make every effort to meet your needs. If you have any questions about your tests, please ask to speak with a nurse or physician.

During your return visit for tests please check with the receptionist who will direct you to the test site. After your visit for tests a letter will be sent to you and your referring physician

Scheduling Return Appointments

If a return or follow-up appointment is indicated, the neurology physician will make the proper arrangements in the Scheduling Center.

Approximately one month prior to your scheduled return appointment, you will receive a reminder notice. If you wish to cancel or reschedule this appointment, please contact the Scheduling Center at 319-356-2571 or send a letter requesting the change to:

Scheduling Center
Department of Neurology
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

Filling prescriptions

Prescriptions may be filled at your local pharmacy or at the hospital pharmacy on the first floor. The hospital pharmacy will give you a 30-day supply and return your prescription to you if refills are indicated. These refills may be obtained at your local pharmacy.

For your convenience, we encourage you to obtain renewals of your prescriptions from your local physician.

Why Choose Us?

UI Hospitals and Clinics is ranked 33rd in the nation in neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report (2014). That ranking is based on the superb clinical staff and the UI's long history of leadership in studying disorders of the brain and nervous system. Patients come from around the world to be seen by our experts.

  • Our stroke program again appeared in the USA Today as part of an ad campaign by The American Heart Association, earning Comprehensive Stroke Center status, the highest level of stroke care certification. Comprehensive Stroke Center status identifies hospitals that meet standards for treating the most complex stroke cases.
  • We were the first hospital in Iowa to perform an auditory brain stem implant (1990-1999).
  • We were the first hospital to find conclusive signs of different brain activity in introverts and extroverts (1990-1999).
  • A UI team found a gene mutation associated with epilepsy.
  • The Department of Neurology is one of the three oldest in the country and its residency program was one of the first to be accredited in the 1920s.
  • UI Hospitals and Clinics is the only hospital in the United States with a high-fidelity driving simulator for assessing the safety of drivers with health problems such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, orthopaedic problems, and drug effects (2000-present).
  • The Neurosurgical Anesthesia Service at UI Hospitals and Clinics does more than 1,700 neurosurgical anesthetics per year, at all levels of complexity.
  • The UI Sleep Disorders Center was selected as a site for a drug study for people with persistent sleepiness.
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  • Iowa Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is recognized by the NAEC as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy (2014).

Academic Departments that Provide Neurology and Neurosurgery Care

Health Library

UI Health Care, in a partnership with ADAM Multimedia Encyclopedia, offers you these select topics on neurology and neurosurgery: