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About Neurosciences

Our board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons at Penn State Health St. Joseph diagnose and treat virtually every kind of neurological disorder and injury. From brain tumors, strokes, and aneurysms to head trauma and spinal cord injuries, these experienced physicians have the expertise and technology to improve a patient’s quality of life.

We offer inpatient and outpatient neurological care as well as diagnostic testing and second opinions for complex cases.

Our nearby location in Bern Township makes it easier for our patients to receive care – and for your primary care physician to stay involved.

Conditions & Treatment

We can deliver the results you want for conditions affecting the brain, spine, spinal cord and nervous system.

Conditions we treat

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Arterial venous malformations
  • Ataxia
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Botox treatment for movement disorder and chronic migraine
  • Brain biopsy
  • Brain tumors
  • Brain hemorrhages
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Chiari malformations
  • Carotid stenosis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Concussion
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Degenerative diseases of the neck and back
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Diplopia
  • Disc herniations
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Failed back or neck surgery
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Infections
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intervertebral Disc Herniation
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Metastatic brain
  • Migraine
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Movement disorder
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinsonism
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Sciatica Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spinal vascular malformations
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumor
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spine infection
  • Spine trauma
  • Spine tumors
  • Sports related neck or back injury
  • Stroke
  • Syncope
  • Tension Headache
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Trauma
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Ulnar neuropathy
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects

Awards & Accreditations

Joint Commission Accredited Primary Stroke Center

The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services they provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.

American Heart Association 2019 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus

Get With The Guidelines® puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Developed with the goal to save lives and hasten recovery, Get With The Guidelines programs have touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001.

Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating (heart failure or stroke) patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 24 consecutive months. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to (four out of nine heart failure quality measures or seven out of ten stroke quality measures) during the 12-month period.

In 2019, St. Joseph qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, making St. Joseph part of an elite group of hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes St. Joseph Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that every stroke patient receives treatment according to nationally accepted recommendations and standards.

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What is a Neurologist?

A neurologist is a medical doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system. Neurologists are principal care providers or consultants to other physicians. When a patient has a neurological disorder that requires frequent care, a neurologist is often the principal care provider.

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What is a Neurosurgeon?

A Neurosurgeon is a medical doctor specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with injury to or diseases of, the brain, spine or peripheral nerves. A neurosurgeon may provide either surgical or non-surgical care depending on the nature of the injury or illness. Neurosurgeons are more than just brain surgeons. These medical specialists are trained to help patients with head and spine trauma; cerebrovascular disorders, such as aneurysms of the brain and clogged arteries in the neck that can lead to strokes; chronic low back pain; birth defects; brain and spinal tumors; and abnormalities of the peripheral (face, arms, legs, hands and feet) nerves.

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