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Letter From The Chairman

Welcome to the Marcia Dunn and Jonathon Sobel Department of Neurology at Hospital for Special Surgery.

In accordance with the mission of HSS, the mission of the Department of Neurology is to provide the highest quality of patient care and to enhance the quality of life of all patients with impaired mobility, regardless of cause. Our patients may have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, peripheral neuropathy, degenerative spine disease, or Parkinson disease, but regardless of cause, our team of highly specialized and trained neurological clinicians are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of these and any other disorders affecting sensation, strength, and mobility of the arms or legs. For an appointment with one of our experts in neurological disease or mobility impairment, please contact the Neurology Department office.

Beyond the diagnosis and treatment of mobility disorders, we have one of the largest clinical teams solely dedicated to monitoring the nervous system during spine surgery (intraoperative monitoring, IOM). This allows the surgeon to always be aware of the spinal cord function during spine surgery. Most patients undergoing spine surgery will have intraoperative monitoring during their surgery.

Our academic mission is to seek ways to advance our understanding of the cause and treatment of disorders of mobility through research and to educate new physicians in the discipline of treating patients with mobility disorders. We were the first - and are currently the only - academic center offering an ACGME accredited fellowship in clinical neuromuscular disease. We are involved in several research projects involving ALS, peripheral nerve injury, peripheral neuropathy, diseases of muscle (such as glycogen storage disease) and, in conjunction with the Department of Rheumatology, inflammatory myopathies (such as inclusion body myositis, polymyositis, and muscular dystrophy).

Our multi-disciplinary Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic, held at the Weill Cornell campus, is also one of the few MDA/ALS designated research centers in the country caring for patients with ALS. Our MDA program also provides care for patients with all forms of muscular dystrophy (including FSH Dystrophy [FSHD], Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy [LGMD], Duchenne Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy [SMA], and metabolic myopathies).

The ALS program, sponsored by the New York Chapter of the ALS Association, provides multidisciplinary care to patients and families affected by ALS and is located in the Department of Neurology at HSS. Our extensive programs devoted to the treatment and management in patients with neuromuscular disease and disorders of mobility reflect our commitment to improve care and find treatments for patients with neuromuscular disease.

You can play an instrumental role in our programs by making monetary contributions or donate your time to help support our efforts in discovery.

We maintain a close relationship with the Department of Neurology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. All physicians hold University appointments and participate in education and resident teaching as integral members of the WCMC Department of Neurology.

Our vision, like that of the hospital, is to be leaders in providing the most innovative patient centered care, leading the way to discovering new ways to diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate patients with disorders of mobility.

Whether you are about to have surgery at HSS, looking for a physician to help in trying to determine the nature of your problem, or looking for a second opinion, we hope you will consider letting us help try to solve the problem. Please look through our website and contact us for an appointment or to obtain more information about us.

Thank you for visiting our site.

Image: Dale J. Lange, MD
Dale J. Lange, MD
Chairman of Neurology and Neurologist-in-Chief