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What is a Neurologist and What Conditions do they Treat?

People often ask, what is a neurologist, and what conditions do neurologists treat. Patients are often referred to a Neurologist by their primary physician. A Neurologist will examine a patient’s medical history and perform a physical examination focusing on evaluating the nervous system.

What is a Neurologist?

A neurologist is a highly trained doctor with specialized training in diagnosing complex conditions of the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system), peripheral nerves (nerves connecting the brain and spine to the organs, like the lungs or liver), and muscles. Because the nervous system is complex, a neurologist may specialize in a specific area.

Neurology Subspecialties

A neurologist may specialize in a specific area, completing a fellowship after residency training. Subspecialties may include:

  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Child Neurology
  • Epilepsy
  • Geriatric Neurology
  • Headache Medicine
  • Intervention Neuroradiology
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Vascular (stroke care)

What Conditions do Neurologists Treat?

What Conditions do Neurologists Treat?A neurologist treats neurological disorders including:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism
  • Back Pain
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Brain Injuries
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Concussion
  • Dementia
  • Dizziness
  • Epilepsy and Seizures
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Vertigo

How do you Find the Best Neurologist?

How do you find the best neurologist who is right for you? Here are some important factors to keep in mind.

  • Referrals – Ask your primary doctor, friends, and family for referrals. Take the time to research the doctors’ credentials and experience.
  • Credentials – Board certification is an important factor to consider when you are looking for a neurologist. It tells you that the doctor has the necessary training, skills, and experience in neurology.
  • Experience – When you’re facing a neurological issue, experience matters. The more experience a neurologist has with a condition, the better your results are likely to be. Larger neurology groups have more doctors and more experience to share.
  • Communication – Choose a neurologist with whom you are comfortable talking to. Neurologic diseases are complex and demand accurate and trustful conversations between the neurologist and patient.
  • ReviewsPatient reviews typically reflect people’s experience with scheduling appointments, office staff, and the doctor.

Top-Rated Neurologists in Miami

Our top-rated Neurologists in Miami include:

John Albornoz, MD has devoted himself to the practice of General Neurology treating a wide variety of neurological conditions in the Miami area since 1991. He specializes in Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Electromyography, Headaches/Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurology, Neuromuscular Disorders, Parkinson’s Disease.

Carlos Ramirez-Calderon, MD specializes in Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Seizures, and Headaches. Dr. Ramirez-Calderon is the Director of Clinical Affairs at First Choice Neurology Multiple Sclerosis Center in Affiliation with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Victor Faradji, MD is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He practices general adult and adolescent neurology with special interest in electromyography (EMG), neuromuscular and spinal disorders, migraine, vertigo, and Dementia. He is proficient with Botox injections and the Epley repositioning maneuver for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

Steven A. Kobetz, MD is a general neurologist with a special interest in headaches, spinal disorders, dementia, and multiple sclerosis. He practices neurology with compassion, the old-fashioned way by listening to his patient and doing a comprehensive neurological examination.

Perla Periut, MD is board-certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is also Board Certified in the Subspecialty of Vascular Neurology by the same board. She is Board Eligible in Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Periut practices general neurology and special interests include sleep medicine, spinal disorders, vertigo, stroke, neuropathies, headaches, and dementia.

David Racher, MD is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology and is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He specializes in general adult neurology, including dementia, stroke, spinal disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and electromyography.

Carlos Ramirez-Mejia, MD is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is proficient and fellowship-trained in Epilepsy, Electroencephalography, Intra-operative Monitoring, Sleep Medicine, Nerve Conduction Studies, Electromyography, Therapeutic BOTOX, Neurophysiology, and Vagal Nerve Stimulator.

Jorge Pardo, MD practices general neurology with a special interest in electromyography, nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials, Botox injections, neuromuscular conditions, cervical pain, lumbar pain, neuropathy, radiculopathy, headaches/migraines. He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has published several articles in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Electromyography, Nerve Conduction, and Evoked Potentials studies.

Paul Damski, MD is a board-certified neurologist who has been practicing general neurology for 20 years. As a stroke specialist, Dr. Damski is an expert in stroke prevention, emergency treatment, and post-stroke rehabilitation. He is the former Medical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Baptist Hospital of Miami.

Allan Herskowitz, MD is a board-certified neurologist who practices general neurology with over 50 years of medical experience, Dr. Herskowitz provides a complete range of services for patients with neurological disorders. His specialties are sports medicine and Botox® therapy.

Brad Herskowitz, MD is a board-certified neurologist with over 20 years of medical experience. He practices general neurology and has special training in comprehensive stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease, concussion treatment, sleep disorder management, and migraine therapy. He’s also an expert in Botox® injection therapy for both cosmetic and neurological conditions.

Bernard Gran, MD is a board-certified neurologist with more than 40 years of medical experience. Dr. Gran offers a full range of general neurology services, including neurological disease treatment, sleep disorder management, and post-stroke recovery. He specializes in helping patients manage chronic migraines and is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

Alberto Pinzon, MD specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with epilepsy. Throughout the years, he has continuously published neuroscience research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and his current research interest involves improving diagnostic techniques for use in general neurology and epilepsy. He currently serves as Director of the Epilepsy Program at the Baptist Hospital Neuroscience Center.

Sergio Jaramillo, MD is board certified in Neurology and certified in Sleep Medicine.

Bruno V. Gallo, MD developed a keen interest in movement disorders and expertise in deep brain stimulation (DBS) and was among the early pioneers of this therapy along with other movement disorders (Parkinson disease, essential tremors, and dystonia). He is the Director of the Parkinson and Neuromodulation Center at Baptist Hospital. He performs the pre-operative evaluation, intra-operative recording and testing, and post-operative programming of deep brain stimulation (DBS) patients, vagal nerve stimulation (VNS), and the newly approved Duopa Intestinal Gel therapy.

Felipe De Los Rios La Rosa, MD is a neurologist with certifications by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general neurology and vascular neurology (stroke). He is the Medical Director of the Stroke Program at Baptist Health South Florida and of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Baptist Hospital of Miami.

Dalia Lorenzo, MD is a board-certified neurologist and sleep specialist who has been practicing general neurology since 2004. Dr. Lorenzo is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the American Board of Sleep Medicine. She is affiliated with Baptist Health South Florida, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and South Miami Hospital.

Antonio Mesa, DO is a board-certified neurologist and is subspecialty board certified in pain medicine. He specializes in interventional pain management. In addition to the entire spectrum of conventional pain management procedures, Dr. Mesa also provides Percutaneous Microdiscectomy, Interventional Orthopedics, Spinal Cord Stimulation and Neuromodulation, and Stem Cell Therapy. As part of his clinical practice, Dr. Mesa also runs the pelvic pain service and the pediatric pain service.

Andrew Lerman, MD is a board-certified neurologist providing expert care for patients suffering from a seizure, neurophysiological and neurological disorders in the Miami community.

Timothy Grant, MD is a board-certified neurologist and sleep specialist. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Grant is recognized as an expert in sleep medicine. He specializes in the study and treatment of sleep disorders and is a frequent lecturer in the field of sleep medicine.

Jorge Marcos, MD is a neurologist with over 25 years of clinical experience in the Miami area. Since early on in his career, he saw a need for the specialized care of seniors and concentrated in this particular group, which led him to an interest in the treatment of memory and movement disorders.

Top Neurologists in Midtown Miami

Our top Neurologists in Midtown Miami include:

Jeffrey Gelblum, MD has successfully treated thousands of patients over a quarter-century, from South Florida, and around the world. He is considered a global thought leader in the neurologic treatment of dementia, seizure disorders, Parkinson’s, Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy, trauma, and chronic pain, and has hosted educational symposia in the U.S. and overseas.

Raul Grosz, MD is Board Certified in neurology. His specialties include migraine headaches, memory loss, seizure disorders, Parkinson’s disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy, pinched nerve, sciatica, and radiculopathy and treats all conditions of the nervous system.

Who are the Top-Rated Neurologists in South Miami?

Our top-rated Neurologists in South Miami include:

Victor Barredo, MD specialties include Electromyography, Epilepsy, Headaches/Migraines, and Neurology.

Bruce Kohrman, MD is board certified in neurology and is fellowship-trained in neuro-ophthalmology. He evaluates and treats adults and teenagers for a wide variety of neurologic problems and has special interests in migraines, seizures, neuro-ophthalmology, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.

Javier Lopez, MD practices General Neurology in the South Miami Area. He sees patients with a wide range of neurological problems with a special interest in migraines, movement disorders, and multiple sclerosis.

Ajay Pandey, MD sees a wide variety of patients with different neurological disorders including, but not limited to Migraine & Headache syndromes, Spine disorders, Dizziness/Vertigo, Head injury, Attention Deficit Disorder, Stroke/TIA/Aneurysm, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Seizures/ Epilepsy, Syncopy, Muscle disorders, Gait & Balance disorder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Brain & Spine tumor, Bell’s palsy, Neuropathy/Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain.

Simon Starosta-Rubenstein, MD practices general neurology. Dr. Starosta-Rubinstein received his subspecialty fellowship in movement disorder and his subspecialty fellowship in neuro-oncology from the University of Michigan.

About First Choice Neurology

First Choice Neurology is the largest neurology group in the United States with more than 41 facilities in 6 Florida counties and services at 35 major hospitals. First Choice Neurology has over 80 adult and pediatric neurologists, 5 neuropsychologists, nutrition & wellness physicians, physical medicine & rehabilitation physicians, nurse practitioners, and over 120 support health care staff members. Our Florida Medical Group facilities are located throughout Southern Florida, Eastern Florida, and Central Florida. Our locations for adult neurology include AventuraBoca RatonCoconut CreekCoral GablesCoral SpringsDavieDelray BeachFort LauderdaleHollywoodLoxahatcheeMargateMiamiMiami BeachMidtown MiamiPalm Beach GardensPembroke PinesPlantationRoyal Palm BeachSouth Miami, and Tampa. First Choice Neurology’s pediatric neurologists are located in MiamiPalmetto Bay, and Weston. Our corporate office is located at 9960 N.W. 116th Way, Suite 13, Medley, FL 33178.

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