Neurophysiology


Cerebral Blood Flow:

Director: David Liebeskind, M.D. Phone310-825-0177

Provides inpatient and outpatient cerebral blood flow studies for patients with acute stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformations, or traumatic brain injury: 1. Transcranial doppler (TCD): Non-invasive assessment of blood flow velocity in the basal cerebral arteries. 2. Xenon-133 Assessment of cerebral perfusion

Electroencephalography (EEG):

Director: Marc R. Nuwer, M.D., Ph.D. Phone: 310-825-0177

Provides specialized diagnostic testing of epilepsy and focal brain disturbances, space-occupying lesions, and vascular disorders. 1. Ambulatory EEG monitoring (awake and asleep) 2. Computer EEG analysis (brain mapping) 3. Specialized ICU and OR monitoring

Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS):

Director: Perry Shieh, M.D., Ph.D. Phone: 310-825-7266

Provides needle EMG tests of motor and sensory nerve conduction for patients with disorders of muscle and peripheral nerve. Single fiber EMG for special cases.

Electronystagmography (ENG):

Director: Robert Baloh, M.D. Phone: 310-825-5910

Provides computer assisted electronystagmography and rotational testing to evaluate pathologic nystagmus, vestibulo-ocluar reflex function, and visual ocular control in patients with dizziness and balance problems.

Evoked Potential (EP):

Director: Marc R. Nuwer, M.D., Ph.D. Phone: 310-825-0177

Uses special techniques related to visual and somatosensory pathways, intra-operative monitoring, inpatient and outpatient audiometry for evaluation of hearing in high-risk newborns, and cortical evoked potential mapping.

Pediatric Epilepsy Program

Director: Joyce Wu, M.D. Phone: 310-825-6196

Provides outpatient consultation and specialty programs that provide comprehensive evaluation and management of neurologic disorders in infants and children under the age of 18. Its faculty members include specialists in developmental and metabolic storage diseases, epileptology, and electroencephalography.

Seizure Disorder Center

Director: John Stern, M.D. Phone: 310-825-5745

Specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with newly diagnosed drug resistant seizure disorders, including genetic epilepsies. The center also specializes in surgery of epilepsies. Programs for VNS (Vagal Nerve Stimulation), trigeminal nerve stimulation, and deep brain stimulation are also available.

Sleep Laboratory:

Director: Alon Y. Avidan, M.D., M.P.H. Phone: 310-267-5337

Provides testing for sleep apnea, narcolepsy, periodic leg movements, nocturnal seizures, circadian rhythm disturbances, abnormal behaviors during sleep (parasomnias), and infant evaluations for sleep related disordered breathing.