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Neurology is a medical specialty focused on the diagnosis, treatment and management of illnesses that affect the brain, spine and nervous system. Neurologists treat a variety of brain and nervous system disorders, including ADHD, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, and stroke.

Neurology Subspecialties

A neurologist is a medical doctor (M.D., or D.O.) who completes at least three years of specialized neurological training after graduating from medical school and completing a medical internship. Many neurologists complete additional training in neurology subspecialties. The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties recognizes 8 neurology subspecialties, including Autononomic Disorders, Behavioral Neurology or Neuropsychiatry, Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology, Geriatric Neurology, Headache Medicine, Neurocritical Care, Neuroimaging, and Neuro-oncology. Other areas in which neurologists may specialize include chronic pain, sleep and stroke.

What Do Neurologists Do?

Neurologists diagnose complex neurological diseases by obtaining a detailed health history of the patient, and performing a detailed neurological exam to assess a person's mental status, vision, strength, coordination, reflexes, and sensation. Additional diagnostic tests may be ordered and interpreted by the neurologist. These include CT scans, MRI, electroencephalograms (EEGs) and electromyograms (EMG).

Professional Organizations of Neurologists

Neurologists may belong to the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The American Academy of Neurology is an international professional association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with neurological disorders. Some members of the Academy who have demonstrated special achievement in neuroscience may be called "Academy Fellows". Academy Fellows may be designated by the "FAAN" suffix following their name.

Other professional organizations in which neurologists may be members for ongoing subspecialty education and research efforts include the American Epilepsy Society, American Headache Society, and the Movement Disorder Society.

Featured Neurologists

Selim Benbadis, M.D.

Dr Selim Benbadis MD, Neurologist Tampa Florida Selim Benbadis, M.D. is a Tampa neurologist who graduated from Universite de Nice (France), Faculte de Medecine. Dr. Benbadis performed an internship, two residencies, one at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and a fellowship on Epilepsy & Sleep Disorders. Selim Benbadis' special interests include Epilepsy, Electroencephalography, Sleep Disorders, Polysomnography, Medical education and Medical writing and editing. Tampa, Florida.

Andrew Wilner, M.D.

Dr Andrew Wilner MD, Neurologist, Fall River, Massachusetts Andrew Wilner, M.D., FAAN is a Massachusetts neurologist who graduated from Yale University and Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Wilner is board certified in internal medicine and neurology, with added qualifications in clinical neurophysiology. Andrew Wilner, M.D. was medical director of the Carolinas Epilepsy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, and then Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Wilner has a lifelong interest in writing fiction and nonfiction, and writes for many medical and other publications. Andrew Wilner, M.D. received the American Academy of Neurology's Creative Expression of Human Values Award (2001), the American Academy of Neurology's Journalism Fellowship for Excellence in Medical / Health Reporting (2008). Dr. Andrew Wilner is the author of two books on epilepsy; "Epilepsy: 199 Answers" and "Epilepsy in Clinical Practice". Fall River, Massachusetts.

Randall Schapiro, M.D.

Dr Randall Schapiro MD, Neurologist, Golden Valley, Minnesota Randall Schapiro, M.D. is a Minnesota neurologist, who graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Schapiro trained in internal medicine at the Wadsworth VA Medical Center (UCLA) in Los Angeles and then in neurology under A. B. Baker, M.D. at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Schapiro has been elected to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hall of Fame and has served on numerous advisory committees for them including the Medical Advisory Board. Randall Schapiro, M.D. also serves on the International Multiple Sclerosis Society's Medical Advisory Board. He currently serves on the National Board of the National MS Society (fourth year) as well as serving his 30th year on the local board of the NMSS. While he has participated in numerous research studies Randall Schapiro, M.D. is best known for his educating and patient management style often using humor to teach some sensitive topics. Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Michael Wayne Morse, M.D.

Dr Michael Wayne Morse MD, Neurologist, Fayetteville Arkansas Michael Wayne Morse, M.D. is a Fayetteville neurologist who graduated from the Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Michael Morse, M.D. was Chief of Medicine at the Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, Arkansas in 1999 and 2001. Dr. Morse was Chairman of the Credentials Committee at the Northwest Medical Center from 1998 to 2009. Dr. Morse has been in private practice in Fayetteville since 1990. Michael Morse, M.D. is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Society of Neuroimaging, and member and past president (1996) of the Washington Co. Medical Society. Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Waden E. Emery, M.D.

Dr Waden Emery MD, Neurologist, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Waden E. Emery, M.D. is a graduate of Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, Oklahoma, where he received the award of Summa cum Laude, majoring in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Psychology. Dr. Emery accepted a residency in Neurology at the University of Miami and completed his residency in 1985, finishing as the Chief Resident. Waden Emery, M.D. successfully became Board Certified by the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1987 and, after furthering his education in the area of electrodiagnostics, became eligible for the Board Certification in Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis. Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Robert Friedman, M.D.

Dr Robert Friedman MD, Neurologist, Jupidter Florida Robert J. Friedman, M.D. graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts from Dartmouth College and received his Medical Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Friedman performed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and has specialty training in pain management. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with American Pain Society, American Academy of Neurology, Florida Society of Neurology, American Society of Neuroimaging, and other professional organizations. Jupiter, Florida.

Daniel Jacobs, M.D.

Dr Daniel Jacobs MD, Neurologist, Orlando, Florida Daniel Jacobs, M.D. has been in practice in neurology since 1994, and has been in Orlando since 1997. Dr. Jacobs accepts patients with all types of neurological problems. Daniel Jacobs, M.D. does direct the Multiple Sclerosis Care Center of the Neurological Services of Orlando, and participates in clinical research associated with multiple sclerosis. Dr. Jacobs also serves as Director for Stroke Services at Orlando Regional Medical Center, and maintains a strong interest in stroke. Orlando, Florida.

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