• Pioneering new ways to diagnose and treat neurological disorders
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  • Pacesetters in basic and clinical research
  • Serving patients with ALS and other neuromuscular challenges
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Marcia Dunn and Jonathan Sobel Department of Neurology

Mobility depends on musculoskeletal and nervous system health.

The Department of Neurology at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is dedicated to providing expert, compassionate, and prompt care to patients with mobility disorders.

In particular, we evaluate and treat those with common neurological conditions related to strength, sensation, pain, or balance occurring as a result of muscle and nerve dysfunction. We also see patients with problems due to spinal cord or brain disorders. In addition, we provide both continuing neurological care and second opinions for patients and their physicians and surgeons.

Neurologists at Hospital for Special Surgery are board-certified with subspecialty training in neurophysiology, neuromuscular disease, and movement disorders. All physicians have appointments in the Department of Neurology at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. We provide a weekly Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) sponsored clinic providing multidisciplinary care for patients with neuromuscular disorders.

Our neurophysiology laboratory provides inpatient and outpatient EMG, EEG and Evoked Potential testing to HSS patients as well as to patients referred by other physicians. We also have an extensive program devoted to monitoring of the spinal cord and nerves during surgery at HSS.

The clinical leadership of the Department includes Neurologist-in-Chief and Director, Dr. Dale J. Lange, who was recently elected president of the New York State Neurological Society; attending neurologist Dr. Ronald G. Emerson; and a team of associate and assistant attending neurologists, including Dr. Teena Shetty, neurology consultant to the New York Giants. In association with Weill Cornell Medical College, the department hosts an ACGME accredited fellowship program in neuromuscular diseases that provides training for young neurologists choosing a career in neuromuscular medicine.

Giving To HSS Neurology

By supporting the Department of Neurology, you provide the foundation to help us provide the best patient care, recruit leaders and future leaders in neuromuscular disease as it contributes to disorders of mobility, and find answers to the very important problems of re-growth of nerves, stopping degeneration of nerve and muscle, and new therapies for neuromuscular and spinal cord disease. Your support also allows us to continue educating the future neurologists interested in neuromuscular medicine and sports medicine.

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Neurology Department Faculty and Staff

Neurologist-in-Chief and Chair
Dale J. Lange, MD

Neurologist Emeritus
Peter Tsairis, MD

Attending Neurologist
Ronald G. Emerson, MD

Associate Attending
Jonathan M. Goldstein, MD

Assistant Attending Neurologists
Dora K. Leung, MD
Erin Manning, MD
Brion D. Reichler, MD
Teena Shetty, MD
Alexander Shtilbans, MD

Neurology Fellow
Pantelis Pavlakis, MD

Nurse Practitioner
Mona Shahbazi, NP

Back in the Game Patient Stories:

Dale J. Lange, MD, Chairman of Neurology and Neurologist-in-chief, elected as President of the New York State Neurological Society
Letter from the Chairman

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