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Neurological Care at Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital Central
1400 E. Boulder St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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Hospital operator: 719-365-5000

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Memorial Neurology & Neurosurgery

Colorado Health Medical Group


1725 E Boulder St, #101

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Ph: 719-365-6300

Fax: 719-365-6094

(Map & Directions)

 

For health questions, health classes or help finding a doctor, ask our nurses at HealthLink, 719-444-CARE (2273).


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At Memorial Hospital, we evaluate and treat the following adult and pediatric neurological conditions:


• vascular disorders - such as stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hemorrhage and hematoma and extradural hemorrhage


• infections - such as meningitis, encephalitis and epidural abscess


• structural disorders - such as brain or spinal cord injury, Bell's palsy, cervical spondylosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, brain or spinal cord tumors, congenital malformations, peripheral neuropathy and Guillain-Barré syndrome


• functional disorders - such as headaches, epilepsy, dizziness and neuralgia


• degenerative - such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington's chorea and Alzheimer's disease



Our Doctors and Specialists

The following specialists may play a role in your neurological care:

  • neurologist - specializes in neurology and treats disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. As a specialist, the neurologist sees patients with a wide range of problems and may act as a patients’s principal or consulting physician, while the family physician, or primary care physician, is generally in charge of a patient’s total health care.


  • neurosurgeon - specializes in neurological surgery (or neurosurgery) and provides both operative and nonoperative management of disorders that affect the central and peripheral nervous systems, including their supportive structures and vascular supply, and the operative and non-operative management of pain. Neurological surgery encompasses disorders of the brain, spine and nerves.


  • physiatrist - specializes in physical and rehabilitation medicine and treat injuries and illnesses that affect how you move. The goal is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery.



Memorial Neurology & Neurosurgery

Colorado Health Medical Group


1725 E Boulder St, #101

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Ph: 719-365-6300

Fax: 719-365-6094

(Map & Directions)


Physicians:


Christopher S. Williams, DO, MPH

Neurologist, Medical Director of Neurology Services

Colorado Health Medical Group


Chris Williams, MD, neurologist in Colorado SpringsDr. Williams is a neurologist, clinical neurophysiologist and the medical director of neurology services at Memorial Hospital. His focus is primarily on inpatient and emergent populations.


Dr. Williams graduated from Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University. He completed his residency in aerospace/occupational medicine at the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, his residency in neurology at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center and his fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio.


Dr. Williams’s medical specialties include neurology, clinical neurophysiology (epilepsy/electroencephalography/sleep), occupational medicine and aerospace medicine.


John McVicker, MD

Neurosurgeon

Colorado Health Medical Group


Dr. John McVicker, neurosurgeon in Colorado SpringsNeurosurgeon Dr. John Dr McVicker mixes technical expertise, ongoing experience and many years of experience with the ability to effectively communicate and share the human experience.


That partnership, McVicker believes, makes the difference in developing a healing partnership that helps people manage the challenges of neurologic injury or disease.


McVicker is director of Neurosciences at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs and has been instrumental in helping Memorial develop the full spectrum of neuroscience capability at Memorial, now a part of University of Colorado Health.


His clinical research interests include neurotrauma, neurocritical care and surgery for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor.


McVicker is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is board certified in Neurocritical Care.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and after his tenure on the College's Committee on Trauma continues to act as a neurosurgical reviewer for the ACS-COT Verification Review Committee.


He has served as President of the Colorado Neurologic Institute, President of the Colorado Neurosurgical Society, President of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, Chair of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies' Neurotrauma Committee, and on the Executive Committee of the Joint Council of Neurotrauma and Critical Care.

He has extensive experience in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery, neurotrauma and neuro-critical care, trigeminal neuralgia, pituitary surgery, and cervical and lumbar spine surgery, principally for the treatment of trauma to the spine. Since 2006, he has been engaged in the full time practice of Emergency Neurosurgery and Neurotrauma.


Todd Thompson, MD

Neurosurgeon

Colorado Health Medical Group


Dr. Todd Thompson, neurosurgeon in Colorado SpringsFrom the time he was a small child, Dr. Todd Thompson wanted to become a surgeon. “I like the opportunity to fix things,’’ Thompson said.


He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and though he considered many other surgical fields, once he was introduced to the human neurological system, he knew he wanted to be a neurosurgeon. He learned neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh.


“To me, it just made the most sense. It’s a hard-wired system, a very sophisticated system, but when you understand where the wires go, it makes perfect sense,’’ Thompson said.


His 26 years of schooling has paid off in ways he could not imagine. Nothing brings him more satisfaction than seeing a patient’s quality of life improve.


“I love it when a patient wakes up and their arm or their leg is better, or they wake up and say: ‘My pain is gone.’ That’s the type of satisfaction that is so gratifying,’’ Thompson said.


While at the University of Pittsburgh, Thompson completed a fellowship in image-guided and stereotactic surgery, which means he uses technology to make surgery safer, less invasive and, at times, faster.


Using crystal-clear, real-time images during surgery provides for potential greater accuracy and improved patient care. When a surgeon is placing a probe into your brain or spine, for instance, you want the advantage of precision.


Dr. Thompson has practiced in Wyoming, Georgia and Honolulu, where he was named top surgeon in 2009, 2010 and 2011.



Treatments and Procedures

Evaluating and diagnosing damage to the nervous system is complicated and complex. Many of the same symptoms occur in different combinations among the different disorders. To further complicate the diagnostic process, many disorders do not have definitive causes, markers, or tests.


In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for nervous system disorders may include the following:

  • computed tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan) - a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices), both horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general x-rays.


  • electroencephalogram (EEG) - a procedure that records the brain's continuous, electrical activity by means of electrodes attached to the scalp.


  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.


  • electrodiagnostic tests (i.e., electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity, or NCV) - studies that evaluate and diagnose disorders of the muscles and motor neurons. Electrodes are inserted into the muscle, or placed on the skin overlying a muscle or muscle group, and electrical activity and muscle response are recorded.


  • positron emission tomography (PET) - in nuclear medicine, a procedure that measures the metabolic activity of cells.


  • arteriogram (also called an angiogram.) - an x-ray of the arteries and veins to detect blockage or narrowing of the vessels.


  • spinal tap (also called a lumbar puncture.) - a special needle is placed into the lower back, into the spinal canal. This is the area around the spinal cord. The pressure in the spinal canal and brain can then be measured. A small amount of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) can be removed and sent for testing to determine if there is an infection or other problems. CSF is the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord.


  • evoked potentials - procedures that record the brain's electrical response to visual, auditory and sensory stimuli.


  • myelogram - a procedure that uses dye injected into the spinal canal to make the structure clearly visible on x-rays.


  • neurosonography - a procedure that uses ultra high-frequency sound waves that enable the physician to analyze blood flow in cases of possible stroke.


  • ultrasound (Also called sonography.) - a diagnostic imaging technique which uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues, and organs. Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs as they function, and to assess blood flow through various vessels.



Insurance

Most treatments and procedures are covered by insurance. Contact your insurance provider for a full explanation of medical coverage. If you do not have insurance, contact us to discuss options available to you.

How to Contact Us

To schedule an appointment for neurological care at Memorial Hospital for Children, please call the hospital operator at 719-365-5000.


Please note, a consultation may require a physician’s referral. Contact your doctor for more information about the diagnosis or treatment of a medical condition.

Nurse Advice Line

For questions about nervous system disorders, help finding a doctor, or for a list of available community health classes, ask our nurses at HealthLink by calling 719-444-CARE (2273).




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