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Nancy Feracco


Neurology Chair's Message

Welcome to MUSC Neurology!

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 . Similarly, our esteemed pediatric neurologists provide highest quality care to children with refractory epilepsy, challenging neuromuscular problems, complex movement disorders, and various metabolic and genetic conditions.

We provide care within the MUSC Hospital system and at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center. At MUSC, Neurology faculty members direct the Acute Stroke Unit, Neurosciences ICU, 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), and the REACH program (a teleconsultative service that connects 15 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). We also spearhead outpatient services in EEG, EMG/NCS, Botox, and Baclofen pump management. New services/programs in Neurohospitalist care, 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. To execute clinical research, a dedicated Translational Research Unit (TRU) assists with implementation of studies, as well as communications with the IRB, funders and regulatory bodies. Bolstering the breadth and depth of our research endeavors, we have strong ongoing collaborations with our colleagues in Neurosurgery, Basic Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Neuroradiology, Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Center for Biomedical Imaging and Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions. Indeed, together with Neurosurgery and Basic Neuroscience, our combined department is nationally ranked among the top institutions in NIH funding for “Neuroscience” departments. Our interdisciplinary Stroke Team is a world leader in translational stroke research including leadership of several landmark practice-changing clinical trials. Recently, two members of our stroke faculty (Drs. Adams and Chimowitz) simultaneously and individually received the most prestigious awards given by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,  one award recognizing an “investigator who has made outstanding contributions in the stroke field in their lifetime” and the other an investigator who has “made significant contributions to clinical research in stroke”.

We are thoroughly 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. Uniquely, MUSC offers combined training in Neurology/Psychiatry. Regarding fellowships, we offer ACGME-approved fellowships in neurophysiology and vascular neurology, and a UCNS-approved fellowship in neurocritical care. We also have a fellowship in movement disorders.

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

Yours sincerely,

Bruce Ovbiagele

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


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