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Neurology Clinical Services

The Department of Neurology provides a full range of clinical services for adults with neurological disorders.  We maintain inpatient and consult services at UAMS Hospital and at the physically connected Central Arkansas Veterans Health System hospital.  We also maintain a separate Stroke and Neurointensive Care Service staffed by fellowship-trained neurointensivists and vascular neurologists at UAMS.  We provide 24/365 access to stroke physicians through the Arkansas SAVES telestroke network, and UAMS has round-the-clock interventional radiology and neurosurgical services. 

Our Epilepsy Service includes fellow-ship trained, board certified epilepsy specialists who direct a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive services including outpatient EEG and inpatient Video-EEG monitoring, active basic and clinical research programs and  epilepsy surgery for medically refractory patients. 

The Neuromuscular Disorders Service Dr. Neil Masangkay provides EMG and clinical services  including our Muscular Dystrophy Association-affiliated multidisciplinary ALS Clinic and MDA Clinic.  The ALS program’s clinical and basic research efforts are bolstered by the J. Thomas May Center for ALS Research and other philanthropic support.

Our Multiple Sclerosis Service, directed by Dr. Robert Lee Archer, with assistance from Laura Barganier, APRN, and Irish Grant, APRN, provides state-of-the-art care for patients with MS, including access to the latest disease-modifying therapies.

The UAMS Brain Tumor Program  is a collaboration between the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Neuroradiology, and other support services.  Dr. Shirley Ong is the only fellowship-trained neurooncologist in Arkansas, and UAMS has the only Gamma Knife in the state for providing focused radiation treatments. Amanda Eubanks, APN, provides additional assistance to Dr. Ong.

The Movement Disorders Program provides advanced care for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, remors, gait disturbances and other problems. Dr. Walter Steven Metzer directs our movement disorders program in collaboration with Dr. Erika Petersen from the Department of Neurosurgery. We offer state-of-the-art treatments including Deep Brain Stimulation electrode implantation and subsequent programming for medically refractory patients.  We also perform Botulinum toxin injections for dystonia, hemifacial spasm and other conditions.

Patients with Dementia are usually seen in the Reynolds Center on Aging by Dr. Mark Pippenger, a neurologist with fellowship training in behavioral and cognitive disorders.

Our Headache Program is directed by Dr. Sarkis Nazarian, who uses a multi-discipline approach to treat a varierty of benign headach and head pain disorders. While we generally direct patients with chronic pain syndromes to the UAMS Pain Clinic, where multidisciplinary approaches are often effective;  other complex neurological problems are seen by our attending faculty in the context of Neurology Resident Clinic.