Welcome from the Neurology Chair

University of Maryland Medical Center's Peter Crino

Welcome to the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center!

Our department is a vibrant community of neurologists, neuroscientists, nurses, coordinators, and administrators dedicated to providing superior care to patients and advancing research into a vast array of neurological disorders.

Our areas of specialty include epilepsy, headache, movement disorders, neuro-critical care, neuro-immunology, neuro-muscular disease, neuro-rehabilitation, and stroke. It is my privilege to serve as Chair.

Clinical Care

Our clinical faculty provide top quality care to patients suffering from a broad range of neurological disorders including stroke, seizures, migraine headache, Parkinson’s disease, tremor, peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease in our specialized centers including the University of Maryland Epilepsy Center, the Center for Neuromuscular Disease, the Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorder Center, the Center for Multiple Sclerosis, and the Stroke program.

Care for other more rare neurological disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia, atypical Parkinson’s disease, neurogenetic disorders, neuro-sarcoid, and autoimmune encephalitis is also available in these centers. Patients with severe, and often life threatening neurological conditions such as stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, or intracerebral hemorrhage are cared for in our nationally recognized Neuro-Critical Care Unit.

Our department also offers state-of-the-art rehabilitation programs to individuals with stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury.

Research

Many faculty in the Department of Neurology receive funding for research into the causes of and treatments for neurological disorders from a number of sources including the National Institutes of health (NIH), the Veteran’s Administration, the Department of defense (DoD), and numerous private organizations.

Some select research topics of high interest include robotics in stroke neuro-rehabilitation, genetic risk for stroke, immunological mechanisms for multiple sclerosis, molecular genetics in epilepsy, and metabolic causes for peripheral neuropathy.

Our faculty publish their results in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals such as Annals of Neurology, Brain, and the New England Journal of Medicine, thus providing intellectual leadership nationwide. Many of our faculty serve on editorial boards for nationally recognized journals and serve in leadership positions in a number of national societies devoted to neurology.

Education

The Department of Neurology is focused on comprehensive training of future generations of neurologists. We are deeply committed to both medical student and resident education and have designed interactive and didactic curricula to cover a vast range of neurological disorders. Fellowships in select disciplines such as epilepsy stroke, and neuromuscular disease provide tertiary care training for future specialists.

I hope you are as excited about our neurology program as I am, and I wish you luck as you search for the right fit in your residency.

Peter Crino, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Chief, Department of Neurology