Designated Centers of Excellence
National accreditations and third-party certifications of excellence attest to UNC Neurology’s expertise and multidisciplinary care.
UNC Stroke Center
The UNC Medical Center has a strong track record of quality and excellence in stroke care and has maintained the Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification as a Primary Stroke Center since its founding in 2004. In 2013, the UNC Medical Center became the first hospital in the Southeast to receive the Joint Commission Advanced Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, confirming UNC Medical Center’s position as a national leader in stroke care.
The UNC Comprehensive Stroke Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award and is recognized in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll – the highest level possible. Hospitals receiving the Gold Plus award have maintained an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85% or higher compliance in core standards of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 12 consecutive months and have demonstrated 75% compliance in seven out of ten additional stroke quality measures during the 12-month period.
UNC Epilepsy Center
The UNC Epilepsy Center is designated as a level 4 center by National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), which is the highest designation representing the most complex forms of diagnostic evaluations and treatment options. A level 4 center provides the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatment. Level 4 centers also offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes and a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.
Movement Disorders Center
The Movement Disorders Center at The University of North Carolina Hospitals is a designated National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence. In 2004, the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals became the first medical center in North Carolina to join the ranks of only 43 National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF) Centers of Excellence worldwide. Specially-marked NPF Centers of Excellence feature comprehensive care teams that meet every patient need and provide access to clinical trials and experimental therapies.
Neurofibromatosis Comprehensive Clinic
The Neurofibromatosis Clinic Network (NFCN) was established by the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) in 2007 to standardize and raise the level of neurofibromatosis (NF) clinical care nationally and integrate research into clinical care practices. The NFCN is the first nationwide network dedicated to improving clinical care and establishing best practices for treating those living with NF. The NF Clinic Network recognizes clinics that provide comprehensive medical care to individuals with NF, foster patient education, and encourage participation in clinical research trials and the NF registry. There are currently 50 NF Clinics in the NFCN that have demonstrated their ability to provide specialty care to NF patients and their families.
Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic
(includes ALS and Myasthenia Gravis Clinics)
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Care Centers offer families best-in-class, comprehensive care from a wide variety of health care specialists at one location on the same day. Centers provide early diagnosis, highly specialized care and access to promising clinical trials help ensure the best possible outcomes for individuals and families facing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases. MDA clinics utilize a multidisciplinary team approach, meaning individuals can see knowledgeable health care specialists from a variety of disciplines, all at one location.
UNC Memory Disorders Program
UNC Neurology was named a LBDA Research Center of Excellence (RCOE) by the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), the leading advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness and advancing research about Lewy body dementia (LBD). This collaboration features 24 preeminent academic medical research centers across the United States, coordinated by Mayo Clinic. The LBDA RCOE program provides a centralized, coordinated research resource, supporting an expanded effort in conducting clinical trials related to LBD while helping to provide expert clinical care for patients, families and caregivers.