Top 10 hospitals for neurology and neuromuscular procedures

Hundreds of millions of people across the globe suffer from neurological disorders. Neurological disorders include a wide range of conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Among the most burdensome in the U.S. are stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and migraine.

Although some neurological diseases have no cure, many can be controlled with early diagnosis and adequate treatment. Physicians use a variety of techniques and technologies to detect and treat disorders of the nervous system. Some of the most common procedures include electromyogram (EMG), polysomnography (also called a sleep study), and electroencephalogram (EEG).

Most neurology and neuromuscular procedures are performed as outpatient care. Below, we’ve compiled a list of 10 hospitals ranked by share of total outpatient neurology and neuromuscular procedures.

Top hospitals by 2021 neurology and neuromuscular procedure volume

Rank Hospital City State % Total Procedures
1 Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Cleveland OH 4.70%
2 University Hospital Ann Arbor MI 2.10%
3 Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor ME 0.90%
4 Tisch Hospital New York NY 0.70%
5 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA 0.60%
6 Cincinnati Childrens Burnet Campus Cincinnati OH 0.60%
7 Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston FL 0.60%
8 Evanston Hospital (AKA NorthShore Evanston Hospital) Evanston IL 0.60%
9 IU Health Methodist Hospital Indianapolis IN 0.60%
10 Valley Medical Center Renton WA 0.50%

Fig. 1 Data is from Definitive Healthcare ClaimsMx product. Claims data is sourced from multiple medical claims clearinghouses in the United States and is updated monthly. Data is accurate as of September 2022.

Which hospitals performed the most neurology and neuromuscular procedures in 2021?

Cleveland Clinic performed the highest percentage of neurology and neuromuscular procedures in 2021 at 4.7% of total procedures. Cleveland Clinic also is ranked the No. 8 hospital in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery by the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021- 2022 Best Hospitals ranking.

University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan placed second, with 2.1% of total procedures, followed by Bangor, Maine-based Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center with 0.9% of total procedures. University Hospital is an academic medical center affiliated with Michigan Medicine, and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is a non-profit hospital serving communities throughout central, eastern, and northern Maine.

What is neurology?

Neurology is a field of medicine focused on disorders of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. A neurologist is a physician specializing in neurology and trained to diagnose and treat neurological disorders and neuromuscular disorders. Some examples of conditions neurologists may treat include Alzheimer's disease, brain injury, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and sleep disorders, among others.

What procedures do neurologists perform?

Neurologists perform various tests and procedures to diagnose and treat neurological diseases. Some of these procedures include:

  • Angiography
  • Biopsy
  • Cerebrospinal fluid analysis
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Electronystagmography (ENG)
  • Evoked potentials
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Myelography
  • Polysomnogram
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Thermography

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