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Nancy Feracco

Department of Neurology

Neurology Chair's Message

Welcome to the Department of Neurology at MUSC!

MUSC Neurology has been a hub for excellence in education, research, and care of patients with neurological conditions, since it was established in 1954 under the leadership of Dr. Oliver Talbert.  Our diverse faculty comprises a distinguished group of collegial pacesetters who constantly seek to improve the outcomes of patients with neurological disorders in South Carolina and beyond by taking innovative research from bench-to-bedside, bedside-to-clinic, and clinic-to-community; training  the next generation of competent clinicians and accomplished academicians; and providing state-of-the-ART (accessible, relevant, timely) care.  Although our programs are described in detail throughout the site, I will take this opportunity to mention a few highlights.

We have undergone tremendous growth in faculty size in recent years and we expect that growth to continue in the future. Our acclaimed adult clinical programs currently provide multidisciplinary subspecialty expertise in neuromuscular disease (myasthenia gravis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, etc), epilepsy (all types of seizures), stroke (ischemic strokes, aneurysms, etc), neurocritical care (all types of complicated and severely ill patients), movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease, tremors, dystonias, etc), neurooncology (brain and spinal cord tumors), multiple sclerosis (and other autoimmune disorders affecting the nervous system), cognitive disorders (Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, mild cognitive impairment), headache (and other pain syndromes), neuroophthalmology (pseudotumor cerebri, etc) and general neurology .

We provide care within the MUSC Health system and at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center. At MUSC, Neurology faculty members direct the Acute Stroke Unit, Deep Brain Stimulation Service, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Neurophysiology Service (with intraoperative monitoring), and Neurovascular Lab. Among our highly specialized programs are the Stroke Center (first academic stroke center in South Caronia to be certified by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals), the Epilepsy Center (designated a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, which is the highest designation given by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers), REACH program (a teleconsultative service that connects partnering hospitals with immediate, round-the-clock access to MUSC's stroke care experts, who can remotely provide urgent consultations after virtually examining patients and brain imaging studies), and the TUNE program (a teleconsultative service that connects partnering hospitals with immediate, round-the-clock access to MUSC's neurohospitalists, who can remotely provide urgent consultations after virtually examining patients and other relevant information). We also spearhead outpatient services in EEG, EMG/NCS, Botox, and Baclofen pump management. New services/programs in Sleep and vestibular/balance disorders are being developed and we are working on expanding several of the services we already provide.

Due to our commitment to research, we are able to investigate normal and abnormal functions of the human nervous system, and identify avenues for mitigating the diseases that ensue from dysfunction. Knowledge garnered from our research is shared with colleagues across the nation, and around the world, thereby facilitating appropriate and effective better treatment options for patients and their families. We have led or participated in several practice-changing clinical trials in all disciplines of Neurology, and continue to do so, with several of our faculty members winning prestigious national awards recognizing excellence in clinical research  (Drs. Adams, Chimowitz, Ovbiagele, and Feng).  More detailed information about the research interests, experience, and accomplishments of our various faculty can be found on several pages of this website.

We are fully dedicated to training successive generations of competent and compassionate neurologists. The faculty believes strongly that our training programs are the jewels in our crown, and we are highly committed to fostering an accessible environment that promotes intellectual engagement with our trainees. Our various educational programs are designed to provide trainees with a broad base of knowledge in neuroscience, and the clinical acumen to discern and treat the full spectrum of neurologic diseases. All of our faculty members are actively involved in teaching the medical students, residents and fellows.  Faculty members rotate on the inpatient services, staff subspecialty clinics, and precept outpatient resident clinics. Residents and fellows are encouraged to participate in research projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Several trainee-led projects have been presented at national conferences and published in peer-review journals. However, the training programs are also adaptable enough to meet the individual needs of our trainees (and an ever-changing medical practice climate), and so we enjoy developing unique and novel ways to enrich their educational experience. Our residents and fellows are routinely exposed to the latest cutting-edge treatments and clinical trials of neurologic diseases while caring for their patients. Regarding fellowships, we offer ACGME-approved fellowships in neurophysiology and vascular neurology, a UCNS-approved fellowship in neurocritical care, a Movement Disorders fellowship, and a new neurohospitalist training fellowship.

Please take the time to explore our website and learn more about what we do. We also invite you to physically visit us, tour our facilities, meet our faculty, and interact with our housestaff. We greatly welcome your participation in MUSC Neurology as past or future patients, trainees, referring physicians, researchers, or philanthropic donors, and encourage feedback regarding any aspect of our service or mission.

Feel free to contact me directly at ovibes@musc.edu

Yours sincerely,

Bruce Ovbiagele

Bruce Ovbiagele, M.D., M.Sc., M.A.S
Professor and Chairman of Neurology

 
 
 

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