Summer 2013

Collaboration Sheds Light, Yields Results

Dr. Stephen L. Hauser

Dr. Stephen L. Hauser

The diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and injuries is rarely simple. Discerning underlying pathologies and making complex treatment choices often demands that we work collaboratively across disciplines and settings. That is not always easy, but this issue of Neuroscience News at UCSF Medical Center offers four examples of why collaboration is so important.

One story describes our newly established Sports Concussion Program, housed at UCSF's Mission Bay campus. This program brings together nationally recognized experts in sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, neurology and neurosurgery to assess and treat patients who have suffered mild traumatic brain injury. One of the first such centers in the western US, it is especially timely as individuals and the neuroscience community wrestle with changing awareness and understanding of these perplexing injuries.

A second story discusses subarachnoid hemorrhage. UCSF is one of the busiest centers in the world for treating this critical condition, and experts here discuss why having a dedicated bed and interdisciplinary expertise is vitally important.

Finally, this issue highlights two unique pediatric programs. Our UCSF Headache Center includes experts in pediatric headache, who can carefully diagnose persistent headache in children and offer a tiered approach to treatment that can reduce recurrence and improve quality of life. And our Regional Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center is the only National MS Society-supported Center of Excellence west of the Rockies. It deploys a neurologist, a pediatric neuropsychologist, a pediatric neuro-ophthalmologist and a pediatric social worker to help children and families cope with the difficult burden of this complex illness.

Too often, patients with neurological conditions are in the dark about the exact nature of their illness and what they can do about it. By collaborating across settings — including with our expert community partners — we can offer our patients a little more light.

Stephen L. Hauser, M.D.
Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Chair
UCSF Department of Neurology


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