Division of the Department of Medicine at McMaster

Welcome. The Division of Neurology is composed of a number of programs for clinical care, education, and research; these include acquired brain injury, cognitive neurology, epilepsy, general neurology, headache, interventional neuroradiology, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders including ALS, neuro-oncology, and stroke.
Neurology is the regional program for 2.3 million people and houses the largest stroke program, and one of the largest multiple sclerosis and ALS clinics in the province. It provides 24/7 regional neurology consultation and acute stroke intervention including endovascular clot retrieval.
The epilepsy monitoring unit evaluates patients not only for epilepsy management and has the immediate goal of developing an epilepsy surgery program. The movement disorders program has a full complement of experts and is involved in clinical trials has plans in starting a local deep brain stimulation program. The cognitive neurology program has recently started multidisciplinary clinics and rounds with geriatrics and geriatric psychiatry. The acquired brain injury program is expanding its concussion clinic with new recruitment for the management of post-traumatic headaches. The MS program has recently expanded not only to care for the large patient population but to expand its clinical research programs. The stroke program has the largest group of stroke neurologists in the province and with the Population Health Research Institute continues to be a world leader in clinical research. Headache and neuromuscular disorders have been identified as recruitment priorities for neurology and will be expanding this year. Neurology has a strong commitment to education and supports a residency training program with a total of 20 residents. It has fellowship training programs in epilepsy, interventional neuroradiology, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, and stroke.
The members of the Division of Neurology hold academic chairs in stroke (3) and ALS. Most programs participate in national and international clinical trials, and the stroke program leads to a number of important national and international contracts and peer-reviewed clinical trials.

Dr. Jim Sahlas, Division Director
Dr. Jim Sahlas, Division Director

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