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Houston, Texas

The Cullen Building at Baylor College of Medicine.
Department of Neurology
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Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center

Founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in 1954, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center delivers primary and tertiary health care to patients from throughout the Houston metropolitan area and from around the world. The 909-bed nonprofit hospital is the primary adult teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine. The hospital cares for more than 30,000 inpatients and 220,000 outpatients each year. Baylor St. Luke's is a teaching hospital with an active medical staff of more than 600 physicians. Sixty percent of the hospital's active staff holds faculty appointments.

Baylor St. Luke's has over 900 adult beds, including a 20-bed neurological ICU for neurology and neurosurgery patients. The neurological ICU at Baylor St. Luke's has state-of-the-art equipment, including ICP monitors, Camino monitors, Licox catheters and the Hummingbird system, which allows for multimodality neuromonitoring. Additionally, there is a dedicated 42-bed Neurology floor where ancillary staff is trained in the management of neurologic disease. Three 1.5 Tesla MRI scanners are available throughout the day and night. There is a portable 64-slice CT scanner available for the neurological ICU. In addition, Baylor St. Luke's has a transcranial Doppler ultrasound laboratory equipped to perform routine studies as well as prolonged neuromonitoring. Baylor St. Luke's is also a comprehensive stroke center with state-of-the-art interventional neuroradiology and neurosurgery capabilities.

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center

In addition to its renown in Neurology and Neurosurgery, Baylor St. Luke's is the home of the Texas Heart Institute. Established in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, M.D., the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke's advances the understanding and treatment of cardiovascular disease through innovative and progressive programs in research, education, and patient care and, since 1990, has been recognized (by U.S. News & World Report) as one of the nation's top 10 centers for cardiology and heart surgery.

In Spring 2002, the Denton A. Cooley Building was dedicated, further enhancing the level of quality cardiovascular care. The 10-story building features a 500-seat auditorium, a Telemedicine Conference Center, a museum, heart information center, 10 CV operating rooms, three floors of patient rooms, a Critical Care Unit, a Progressive Care Unit, a Transplant Care Unit, and CV research labs. To enhance the quality of cardiovascular services available at Baylor St. Luke's, the hospital offers a number of specialized features. The cardiac catheterization laboratory is the largest and most fully equipped lab in the world, and more than 10,000 diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed each year. The Transplant Center, one of the largest in the world, has performed more than 950 heart transplantations.

Baylor St. Luke's has long been recognized for excellence. In 2001, it was the first hospital in Texas to receive designation as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence. Baylor St. Luke's was also named to Fortune's 2004 list of "100 Best Places to Work," selected by the Houston Business Journal as the top-ranked organization in Houston on its annual "Best Places to Work For" list, and included among Modern Maturity's "50 Best Hospitals"—the only hospital in Texas to be featured.

Dr. Jose I. Suarez is the director of the Neurovascular/Critical Care Program at Baylor St. Luke's. He has published extensively in prominent journals such as New England Journal of Medicine and Neurology. He leads a team of five neuro-intensivits and two neuro-hospitalists to provide state-of-the-art care for neurology patients at Baylor St. Luke's. He has written a comprehensive neuro-critical care textbook. He is also the chair of the Clinical Trials Committee of the Neurocritical Care Society. He is extremely active in resident education. He lectures daily when on service, teaches a neurovascular/critical care module for residents, and is also the fellowship director for neurocritical care at Baylor St. Luke's.

Baylor St. Luke's is also home of the Baylor College of Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. This center runs a four-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and has an active epilepsy surgery program.

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