Programs and research

World-class neurological care

At UW Health, we lead highly specialized neurology programs. Each program is dedicated to diagnosing and treating unique neurological conditions. We also focus on disease prevention, research and education. You can rely on our team to offer the most advanced neurological care and treatments available. We help you move forward with confidence.

For referring providers

Referring providers looking for biopsy submission instructions refer to the Provider resources section below.

Our programs

We are home to one of only three Level 4 adult epilepsy centers in Wisconsin.

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We provide comprehensive treatment for headaches and facial pain.

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The general neurology team diagnoses and manages many complex and chronic neurologic diseases including:

  • Epilepsy and seizures

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Dementia

  • Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders

  • Tremor

  • Headache syndromes

  • Stroke

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy and myasthenia gravis

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome

  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)

  • Bell's palsy

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

General neurology providers do not see patients for these conditions. Please follow the links below for more info about these services:

Diagnostic services provided by our neurology providers include:

  • EEG (electroencephalography)

  • EMG (electromyography)

  • Laboratory testing

  • Review of neuro-imaging studies such as CT, MRI, PET scan, carotid ultrasound

Our team diagnoses and treats conditions that impact your speed, quality and ease of movement.

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In 2019, our multiple sclerosis clinic received the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Excellence in Healthcare award. The National MS Society also designates us as a Partner in MS Care and Center for Comprehensive MS Care.

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We diagnose and treat nerve and muscle disorders. We offer half-day evaluations through our Multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Clinic, giving you the chance to meet with all members of your care team.

Our team specializes in cancer related to the neurological system. We play a crucial role in diagnosing and treating cancer patients.

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Our team offers advanced care to children diagnosed with neurological diseases or disorders.

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Our neurologists work with other sleep experts in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions including narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea and pregnancy-related sleep disorders.

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We work to minimize the impact of stroke through prevention, advanced treatment and rehabilitation. The American Heart Association recognizes our facility as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

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Our team at UW Health leads the University of Wisconsin Telestroke Network. We offer our expertise via telehealth technologies to regional hospitals caring for patients who have experienced a stroke.

The research we do at UW Health and the University of Wisconsin increases our understanding of many neurological diseases and disorders and helps us advance care for all our patients. It also leads to promising new treatments that we offer to patients through clinical trials.

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Referring a patient for neurology care

Thank you for considering UW Health as the next source of neurology care for your patient. We look forward to providing your patient with outstanding care and keeping the communication flowing with your office.

Conditions and treatments

Customized therapies for all conditions

If you have a neurological condition, you might experience changes in your ability to think, see, talk, move, feel or perform everyday activities. That’s because neurological conditions affect your brain, nerves and spinal cord. We work to prevent or minimize the effects of these conditions.

Focused on your health

Our experts diagnose and manage all types of neurological conditions, including the most complex.


We offer advanced diagnostic testing and the latest treatment options for a wide range of conditions. These include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease)

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • Ataxia

  • Batten disease

  • Brachial plexus injury

  • Brain tumors

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)

  • Congenital torticollis

  • Dementia

  • Dystonia

  • Epilepsy

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)

  • Headache

  • Huntington's disease

  • Memory problems

  • Migraine 

  • Movement disorders

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Myelopathy

  • Neuromuscular disorders

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Stroke

  • Tourette syndrome

  • Tremor

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Care that's right for you

Each neurological condition requires its own specific treatment. We work with you to find what’s best for your unique situation.


We offer the latest treatments, including:

  • Botulinum toxin

  • Cranial nerve blocks

  • Dietary therapy

  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) 

  • Epilepsy surgery

  • Enzyme replacement treatment

  • Neurosurgery

  • Trigger point injections

  • Vagal nerve stimulation


Caring for you in your community

We offer general neurology and neurology specialty clinics in Madison, Wis. and Rockford, Ill.  We also have general neurology clinics in Mauston and Prairie du Sac, Wis.

Meet our team

Expert team, expert focus

The neurology team at UW Health includes experts who focus on all types of neurological conditions.

General neurology
Neurocritical care
Movement disorders
Multiple sclerosis

Provider resources

Muscle, nerve and skin punch biopsy testing

Muscle and Nerve Laboratory
University Hospital
(608) 263-9184

The laboratory interprets diagnostic muscle, nerve and skin punch biopsies. It is staffed by two myologists/neurologists and one neuropathologist. These specialists provide complete diagnostic interpretation of muscle and nerve biopsies along with skin punch biopsy for epidermal nerve fiber density analysis. In addition, two full-time technologists offer outstanding services in histology, enzyme histochemistry, immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy of muscle, nerve and skin punch biopsy tissues.

Muscle, nerve and skin punch biopsy specimens from outside hospitals or surgical facilities may be referred to the Muscle and Nerve Laboratory for processing, staining and interpretation. The required protocols/procedures for sending muscle, nerve and skin punch biopsy specimens are provided below.

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