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Specialty Programs

Brain Neural Pathway

The Neurological Institute at UC San Diego Health leverages the expertise of scientists and clinicians to provide leading-edge, compassionate care for adults and children, with neurological disorders.

The Neurological Institute is made up of a number of specialty programs that provide comprehensive care for diseases of the brain, nerves and spine. Some conditions are addressed through collaborations between multiple programs. To read about specific conditions we treat, see Disease and Conditions

Learn more about the Neurological Institute’s specialties by following the links below.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

A clinical treatment and research program for people living with Lou Gehrig’s disease.


A federally funded program dedicated to providing individualized behavioral treatment for children with autism, and discovering new ways to treat the disorder.

Brain Tumors

Our  internationally recognized team of experts uses the latest neuroimaging technology to ensure accurate diagnoses and precise treatment of brain tumors and other complications. 

Cranial Nerve Disorders

We're pioneering innovative ways to treat and manage cranial nerve disorders.

Down Syndrome

Providing care for adults with Down syndrome who are experiencing cognitive changes, as well as clinical trials.


According to the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) our epilepsy team provides the highest level of care in the evaluation and treatment of people with seizure disorders.

Headache and Facial Pain

We offer specialized care for those with migraines, cluster headaches and other head and facial pain issues.

Memory Disorders

Our memory disorders program combines the latest clinical research and drug development in the treatment of cognitive disorders, including dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Movement Disorders

We're dedicated to providing the best diagnostic, therapeutic, palliative and supportive care to patients with movement disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Multiple Sclerosis

Providing medical care, services and access to clinical trials for people with multiple sclerosis.


We are committed to improving functioning and mobility in individuals living with paralysis, and advancing current therapies.

Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Our program uses comprehensive, leading-edge treatments for nerve tumors, nerve pain and facial paralysis.


UC San Diego Health is a national leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and complex surgical treatment for spinal disorders.

Stroke Center & Neurovascular Surgery

UC San Diego Medical Center is one of the first five hospitals in the country to be recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the newest level of certification for advanced stroke care awarded by The Joint Commission.

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