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Houston, Texas

The Cullen Building at Baylor College of Medicine.
Department of Neurology
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Michael E. DeBakey Veteran's Affairs Medical Center

The Michael E. DeBakey Veteran's Affairs Medical Center is the second largest VA hospital in the country and has the largest number of residents of any VA. As a member of one of the world's largest integrated health care systems, the MEDVAMC serves as the primary health care provider for more than 60,000 veterans in southeast Texas. Veterans from around the country are referred to the MEDVAMC for specialized diagnosis, radiation therapy, surgery, and medical treatment including cardiovascular surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, ophthalmology, dermatology, neurology, nuclear medicine, pain management, and treatment of spinal cord injury and diseases. Many of MEDVAMC's medical services and programs have received local and national awards and honors.

Located on a 118-acre campus and built in 1991, MEDVAMC is a state-of-the-art facility with 360 hospital beds, a 40-bed spinal cord injury center, and a 120-bed transitional care unit for long-term care. An automated, computer-controlled transport system delivers food, laundry, and supplies throughout the building. The six-story granite building is designed with four exterior sections and four atriums that contain patio gardens, wheelchair basketball courts, and a rehabilitation pool.

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

The MEDVAMC is a specially designated flagship facility equipped with ultramodern resources not found in other VA hospitals. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art 3T MRI and a new 1.5T HDx MRI, two 64 slice CT scans, and a PET/CT facility. There is also a dedicated 3T research MRI. The faculty is active in both clinical and basic science research. The MEDVAMC has one of six national Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers and is also an Epilepsy Centers of Excellence with a four-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Furthermore, the MEDVAMC is the only VA recognized as a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center.

The chief of service, Dr. Thomas A. Kent, is a leading expert on stroke and translational stroke research. He leads a team of over ten neurologists as well as neuropsychologists and neuroscience researchers as Neurology Care Line Executive. He has recently established a new journal, Stroke and Translational Research. He publishes widely in Neurology and Stroke. He serves on the education committee for Baylor Neurology residents.

The MEDVAMC offers extensive inpatient and outpatient training opportunities for neurology residents. It is the site of much EEG, EMG, psychiatry, neuroradiology, and neurosurgery training for our residents. In addition to general neurology clinics, residents at the MEDVAMC rotate through the Stroke, Epilepsy, Cognitive Disorders, PADRECC, Botox, and Lumbar Puncture clinics. Many residents have their continuity clinics at this site.

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