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Specialty Programs

U.S. News & World Report - UC San Diego Health Ranked Nationally in Neurology and Neurosurgery 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.

Acoustic Neuroma and Other Skull Base Tumors

Our neurosurgeons integrate their expertise with radiation oncologists, neuro-otologists (ENT), plastic surgeons and others to preserve function for patients with these complex lesions.

Adult Neuromuscular Disorders

Providing care for adults with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular disorders, including expert clinical evaluation, genetic testing and novel therapies.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

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


Our researchers are studying the causes of autism and finding new ways to identify and treat this complex 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.

Facial Pain

Our team of world-renowned experts in facial pain management specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of trigeminal neuralgia.


We offer specialized care for those with migraines, cluster headaches, and traumatic brain injury.

HIV Neurology

We offer a neurology treatment program for people living with HIV who are experiencing neurological side effects.

Memory Disorders

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

Multiple Sclerosis

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

Neuropalliative Care

Our team uses a comprehensive, whole-person approach that addresses not only a person's medical issues but also their emotional, spiritual and social needs.


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

Parkinson and Other Movement Disorders

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

Peripheral Nerve Disorders

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

Spine Care and Surgery

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.