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NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Launches the Brooklyn Neuroscience Center

The center will offer comprehensive treatment for neurological conditions and disorders that impact the nervous system at any age

Jan 31, 2023

Brooklyn, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County today announced the opening of the Brooklyn Neuroscience Center —offering comprehensive care with interdisciplinary teams to treat disorders of the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system of patients of all ages. NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is the primary teaching affiliate for SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, training the next generation of physicians to provide high-quality neuroscience patient care in a collaborative environment.

“NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is already part of one of the nation’s leading hospital systems, and it’s getting even better today with the opening of the new Brooklyn Neuroscience Center,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “Whether you need help with a headache, carpal tunnel, or a major diagnosis, like Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis, Kings County hospital has got your back.”

“At NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, we have the dedicated staff and state-of-the-art equipment to treat conditions that affect nervous systems at any stage of your life. The new Brooklyn Neuroscience Center is transforming the landscape of typical practices: receiving Gold Plus recognition for our excellence in stroke, our staff is equipped with the necessary expertise to treat your specialized needs,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County CEO Sheldon McLeod. “Our hospital cares about not only our current patients but our future ones as well.”

The Brooklyn Neuroscience Center’s nine clinical services include:

  • Adult Neurology – Provides both inpatient and outpatient services to patients with headaches, low back pain, dementia, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathies, and a wide variety of neurologic conditions, including subspecialty practices in Neuroimmunology, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, and Stroke. 
  • Epilepsy Center Serves patients with complex epilepsy and issues such as difficult-to-control seizures, pregnancy and epilepsy, bone health, and diagnostic uncertainty. NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is the first in the system to offer a ketogenic diet to patients with intractable epilepsy.
  • Stroke Center – A team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and interventional neuroradiologists provide high-quality care to complex stroke patients.
  • Neurocritical Care – The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and Neurocritical Care Consultation Services expertly care for critically ill patients with central and peripheral nervous system disorders.
  • Neuroendovascular – Employs minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions including acute stroke, congenital and traumatic vascular malformations, arteriovenous malformations, cerebral aneurysms, and endovascular/interventional spine disease.
  • Neuroradiology – Offers specialty-trained expertise in imaging the nervous system using multiple modalities, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), positron imaging tomography (PET), and computerized tomography (CT).
  • Neurosurgery – Diagnose and treat complex neurosurgical conditions including brain tumors, degenerative spine disease, hydrocephalus, hemorrhagic strokes, and traumatic injuries to the brain and spine.
  • Pediatric Neurology – Treat children from newborns to young adults with a wide range of disorders of the nervous system.
  • Rehabilitation Medicine –  Provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach, including swallowing evaluations and gait training, focused on the skills a patient will need to navigate the home environment, including climbing stairs or getting in and out of a car.

“I am delighted that we are opening the NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Brooklyn Neuroscience Center –a first for NYC Health + Hospitals and for the Borough of Brooklyn!” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Chief of Neurology Helen Valsamis, MD. “We provide inter-disciplinary high-quality care for patients with complex conditions of the nervous system. Under one roof we have specialists in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Endovascular Neurology, and Neuro-Rehabilitation. Our team collaborates to provide seamless high-quality care for our community and to serve as a referral center for the Borough of Brooklyn.”

The center consists of accredited and award-winning clinical services. The Traumatic Brain Injury Service, part of the American College of Surgeons, accredited Level 1 Trauma Center, sees patients with trauma complications to the brain. NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County’s Stroke Center is marking eight years of receiving Gold plus recognition for excellence in stroke care by the American Stroke/Heart Association – longer than any other hospital in Brooklyn. The Neurocritical Care Service is also integral to the Joint Commission-accredited Stroke Center and the Level 1 Trauma Center.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County also contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the neurosciences through its clinical and translational research program. They are a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) STROKENET, SIREN, and Neuro NEXT research consortia in collaboration with SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. Additionally, having numerous investigator-initiated projects in clinical and translational research in epilepsy and traumatic brain injury.

For more information about surgical care services and the Brooklyn Neuroscience Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, please call 718-245-3910.


Contact: Alexis Davis, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, 718-245-3910

About NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is a 639-bed acute care teaching hospital located in Central Brooklyn. Among our highly specialized programs are a Level I Trauma Center, Pediatric Emergency Room, Level 3 Perinatal Center, Heart Health Center, Stroke Center, Sickle Cell Program, Behavioral Health Center, and Diabetes Education Center of Excellence.  Many of our programs have received national recognition, including our cardiac, stroke and diabetes services. The hospital offers a broad array of primary and specialty care, including practices in neuroscience, orthopedics, urology and cardiology. Annually, our ambulatory care practices see well over 500,000 visits, and more than 150,000 visits in the Behavioral Health outpatient program, in addition to close to 23,000 inpatient discharges. NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County has played a major role in providing health care to vulnerable populations in Brooklyn since 1831, and is part of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health care system in the nation. For more information visit, nychealthandhospitals.org/kingscounty and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KingsCountyHosp or Twitter at @KingsCountyHosp

About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthandHospitals or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem