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The Department of Neurology at St. Francis Hospital provides neurological care to hospital and emergency room patients with acute and chronic neurological issues.


Under the leadership of Vincent DeOrchis, M.D., Director of Neurology, our team of highly skilled board certified neurologists diagnose, treat and manage patients with various ailments including stroke, neuromuscular disorders, seizure disorders, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and headache.

Many of the neurologists have sub-specialty training in these areas. Combining their knowledge and expertise in the field with advanced technology and diagnostic testing, the staff provides the public with the most comprehensive care available.

St. Francis Hospital is a center of excellence in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of stroke patients. Our hospital now provides advanced treatment in emergency settings, facilitating the diagnosis and expeditious management of stroke victims. Our stroke center is staffed with critically trained nurses, with specific expertise in the management of acute stroke patients.

By creating an environment with superior neurological care and compassionate and award winning nursing staff, St. Francis strives to be at the forefront of leading hospitals in the New York area and throughout the United States.


Conditions Treated

  • Stroke
  • Headache and facial pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Lou Gehrig's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Coma
  • Infections of the nervous system
  • Alzheimer's
  • Dementia
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Brain tumors
  • Spinal cord injuries and tumors


Key Treatments

Electro-myograph (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies - This test records electrical activity in the muscles and is a diagnostic tool used to evaluate the peripheral nervous system. It is usually performed along with an assessment of conductivity of peripheral nerves (NCS). The test can confirm or reject the suspicion of disorder of muscles or nerves, such as neuropathy, myopathy, myasthenia gravis, Lou Gehrig's Disease, radiculopathy, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Electro-encephalography (EEG) - This is the primary test used to diagnose seizures and epilepsy. Electrodes are placed over the surface of the head and recording brain activity for 20 to 30 minutes. The test is painless.

Somato-Sensory Evoked Potentials - Used as an assessment of the functional state of the conductivity in the central nervous system (unlike the imaging studies that assess the anatomical appearance). The test involves electrical stimulation of extremities with recording signals arriving at the brain. It is used to assess patients in a coma and those with conditions that can not be confirmed on CT or MRI.


Contact the Department of Neurology at (516) 466-4700.




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