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Neurology

Houston, Texas

The Cullen Building at Baylor College of Medicine.
Department of Neurology
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Ben Taub Hospital

Located in the Texas Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital – the flagship hospital of the – is a fully integrated acute care facility capable of providing multiple levels of care. Its busy Level I Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center and serves patients from greater Houston needing emergency care with ailments and injuries involving all the specialties and subspecialties of surgery, medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and psychiatry. Inpatient care includes inpatient services for general medicine and subspecialties, neurology, including a stroke unit, surgery and subspecialties, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, as well as the following intensive care units: medicine intensive care unit, coronary care unit, trauma/surgery intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, neurological intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, and critical wound care unit.

The Ben Taub Hospital provides care to Harris County's 4.5 million inhabitants.

Ben Taub Hospital provides care to Harris County's 4.5 million inhabitants.

At more than 730,000 square feet of space, Ben Taub features a variety of outpatient clinics for a number of medicine, surgery, and pediatric specialties, as well as comprehensive radiology and laboratory support facilities, including interventional radiology. The hospital is licensed for 647 beds, has 12 general operating rooms, and 12 labor, delivery, and recovery suites. Annually, the trauma center sees about 100,000 patients, while its outpatient clinics see more than 145,000 patients. Last year, staff delivered more than 4,800 babies, performed 10,000 major surgical procedures, and took care of 23,000 hospital admissions.

All medical and surgical care at Ben Taub is supervised and conducted by faculty and residents of Baylor College of Medicine. The hospital's chief of staff and the chiefs of every medical and surgical service are full-time BCM faculty members. Teaching rounds and conferences are held regularly.

As the largest hospital in the Harris Health System, Ben Taub provides an impressive range of services, from outpatient general medicine and pediatric clinics, to the most complicated surgical procedures. U.S. military personnel from the Air Force, Army, and Navy have used Ben Taub Hospital to train their surgeons in advanced trauma care available in a large urban hospital. A number of medical and educational discoveries, as well as several entertainment programs, have been filmed in the halls and units of Ben Taub.

Harris County is the nation's third largest county with a population of 4.5 million, and the Harris Health System provides care for patients across the entire socioeconomic spectrum. Residents are exposed to the gamut of neurological problems common in urban settings, such as stroke, epilepsy, HIV-related neurological disease, neurological complications of pregnancy, substance abuse, and cancer, as well as co-morbid neurological and psychiatric disease Residents also care for uncommon immune-mediated neurological disease such as neurosarcoidosis, neuropsychiatric SLE, and CNS vasculitis, neuromyelitis optica, and multiple sclerosis. Ben Taub also serves recently arrived immigrants who have disorders often not seen in the United States such as neurocysticercosis and tuberculous meningitis. Ben Taub also serves a population with many acute neurological problems such as head trauma, drug overdoses, intracerebral hemorrhages, status epilepticus, Guillain-Barre, myasthenic crisis, and spinal cord compression. Ben Taub is a Level I trauma center and has a world-class Neurosurgical ICU. Neurology residents, working as consultants in the Neurosurgical ICU, become familiar with head trauma and gunshot wound complications.

The Ben Taub Neurology Service provides consultative service as well as inpatient and outpatient care. There is also a wide variety of outpatient subspecialty neurology clinics at Ben Taub: Epilepsy, Lumbar Puncture, Movement Disorders and Dementia, Botox, Neuromuscular, General Neurology/Headache, and Multiple Sclerosis/Demyelinating Diseases. These specialty clinics are staffed with experts in the field. Many residents also have their continuity clinics at Ben Taub. The Thomas Street Clinic (TSC) is affiliated with Ben Taub and Harris Health System and provides primary and specialty health care for HIV patients. Neurology residents can choose to do an elective rotation at the TSC Neurology-HIV clinic to gain additional experience in neurological complications in HIV patients.

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