Department of Neurology

Founded in 1871 by Dr. Horatio Wood, the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest department of its kind in the nation with a long tradition of excellence in providing exceptional patient care, pioneering transformative research and educating future leaders in neurology.

Today, the department flourishes, developing programs of excellence integrated with multiple specialties across Penn Medicine. The department provides comprehensive, individualized care for patients with basic and complex neurological disorders.

Our specialists are backed by the most extensive neurodiagnostic and imaging facilities available as well as one of the nation’s foremost research programs in clinical and basic neuroscience. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania highest in the Philadelphia region for neurology.

To date, the Department of Neurology has more than 80 full-time faculty members, 12 clinical divisions and over 20 subspecialty programs for the treatment of every neurological condition.

Neurology Clinical Divisions

  • General Neurology
  • Memory and Dementia
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Seizures and Epilepsy
  • Pediatric Neurology with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stroke

In This Section

A Message from the Chair

A Message from the Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mission and History

The Department of Neurology has a strong mission and a rich history at the University of Pennsylvania.


Review our list of clinical divisions and faculty members at Penn Medicine's Department of Neurology.

The Penn Difference

Penn is a leader in the field of neuromedicine, providing compassionate patient care, engaging in transformative research, and educating future neurologists.

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