Neurology & Neurosurgery

Home to some of the top neurological minds in the world

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The IU Health Medical Center is home to renowned neurology and neurosurgery experts, leading the way to advance patient care through comprehensive clinical trials and novel therapies. 

Since 2012, Indiana University Health Medical Center has had the honor of being ranked #1 in Indiana by U.S. News and World Report.

Accredited as high performing in 13 adult procedures and conditions, IU Health Medical Center stands as Indiana’s most comprehensive healthcare system, dedicated to delivering cutting-edge medicine and treatments.

IU Health has the state's only academic medical center and a unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine—one of the nation’s leading medical schools—providing patients access to groundbreaking research and innovative treatments that complement high-quality patient care. Awarded $214.8 million in total funding from the National Institute of Health in 2022, it secured its rank as the #14 NIH-funded public school.

With its highly skilled care teams, it is committed to innovative solutions for a variety of complex, brain and spine conditions.

  • IU Health Medical Center is a comprehensive stroke center and the state's largest network of stroke treatment facilities, including hemorrhagic strokes caused by aneurysms or arteriovenous malformation (AVM).
  • Internationally recognized for our innovative care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, most notably home to widely-recognized Longitudinal Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Study (LEADS).
  • We are the only level IV Epilepsy Center in the state of Indiana.
  • We provide state of the art care for patients with muscle and nerve disorders, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease and are a Center for Care as designated by the National Parkinson Foundation and Center for Excellence by Huntington's Disease Society of America.
  • Home to world renowned neurosurgery experts that treat all brain, spine and nerve-related conditions, including brain aneurysms, tumors and injuries.
  • We offer new, leading-edge non-invasive and minimally invasive programs including stereotactic surgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery.
  • In partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we’re training the next generation of neuroscience leaders through education, research and fellowships.
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Highest Level of Care

Accredited as high performing in 13 adult procedures and conditions, IU Health Medical Center stands as Indiana’s most comprehensive healthcare system, dedicated to delivering cutting-edge medicine and treatments.

IU Health has the state's only academic medical center and a unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine—one of the nation’s leading medical schools—providing patients access to groundbreaking research and innovative treatments that complement high-quality patient care. Awarded $214.8 million in total funding from the National Institute of Health in 2022, it secured its rank as the #14 NIH-funded public school.

With its highly skilled care teams, it is committed to innovative solutions for a variety of complex, brain and spine conditions.

  • IU Health Medical Center is a comprehensive stroke center and the state's largest network of stroke treatment facilities, including hemorrhagic strokes caused by aneurysms or arteriovenous malformation (AVM).
  • Internationally recognized for our innovative care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, most notably home to widely-recognized Longitudinal Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Study (LEADS).
  • We are the only level IV Epilepsy Center in the state of Indiana.
  • We provide state of the art care for patients with muscle and nerve disorders, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease and are a Center for Care as designated by the National Parkinson Foundation and Center for Excellence by Huntington's Disease Society of America.
  • Home to world renowned neurosurgery experts that treat all brain, spine and nerve-related conditions, including brain aneurysms, tumors and injuries.
  • We offer new, leading-edge non-invasive and minimally invasive programs including stereotactic surgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery.
  • In partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we’re training the next generation of neuroscience leaders through education, research and fellowships.
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Ranked #18 in Neurology NIH National Funding

At IU Health Medical Center, our nationally recognized, subspecialized neurology and neurosurgery teams have unmatched expertise in neurosurgical oncology, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, neuromuscular diseases, neurotoxicology, cerebrovascular surgery, complex skull base surgery, routine and complex spine surgery and peripheral nerve surgery.

Our partnership with IU School of Medicine – Indiana’s premier teaching hospital and academic medical center provides access to the full spectrum of leading-edge technology, clinical trials and multi-disciplinary teams. We are proud to be the only high-performing neurology and neurosurgery programs in Indiana by U.S. News & World Report.

At IU Health Medical Center, our nationally recognized, subspecialized neurology and neurosurgery teams have unmatched expertise in neurosurgical oncology, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, neuromuscular diseases, neurotoxicology, cerebrovascular surgery, complex skull base surgery, routine and complex spine surgery and peripheral nerve surgery.

  • Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is one of only 33 centers in the U.S. solely committed to Alzheimer’s research.
  • The Longitudinal Early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease Study (LEADS) led by our very own principal investigator is funded by the NIA to address several major gaps in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research.
  • The Neurosurgical Atlas, designed by one of our neurosurgeons, Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD , is known as the “Bible of Neurosurgery” and pushes boundaries of how surgeons prepare, perform and collaborate to achieve technical excellence. Additionally, he is the recipient of the Vilhelm Magnus medal, the highest honor in neurosurgery and one of only eleven in history.

Our Program

At IU Health Medical Center, our nationally recognized, subspecialized neurology and neurosurgery teams have unmatched expertise in neurosurgical oncology, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, neuromuscular diseases, neurotoxicology, cerebrovascular surgery, complex skull base surgery, routine and complex spine surgery and peripheral nerve surgery.

Our partnership with IU School of Medicine – Indiana’s premier teaching hospital and academic medical center provides access to the full spectrum of leading-edge technology, clinical trials and multi-disciplinary teams. We are proud to be the only high-performing neurology and neurosurgery programs in Indiana by U.S. News & World Report.

At IU Health Medical Center, our nationally recognized, subspecialized neurology and neurosurgery teams have unmatched expertise in neurosurgical oncology, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, neuromuscular diseases, neurotoxicology, cerebrovascular surgery, complex skull base surgery, routine and complex spine surgery and peripheral nerve surgery.

  • Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is one of only 33 centers in the U.S. solely committed to Alzheimer’s research.
  • The Longitudinal Early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease Study (LEADS) led by our very own principal investigator is funded by the NIA to address several major gaps in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research.
  • The Neurosurgical Atlas, designed by one of our neurosurgeons, Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD , is known as the “Bible of Neurosurgery” and pushes boundaries of how surgeons prepare, perform and collaborate to achieve technical excellence. Additionally, he is the recipient of the Vilhelm Magnus medal, the highest honor in neurosurgery and one of only eleven in history.

IU Health Medical Center is home to the nation’s most comprehensive study of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and innovative investigations in a wide array of therapeutic areas supported by federal grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute on Aging (NIA) and National Science Foundation. 

Areas of clinical research cover addiction, neurodegenerative disorders, neurodevelopment, neuroimaging, ocular neurobiology, pain, psychiatric disorders, spinal cord and brain injury and stem cell. Learn more about our research programs and labs.

Clinical Research

IU Health Medical Center is home to the nation’s most comprehensive study of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and innovative investigations in a wide array of therapeutic areas supported by federal grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute on Aging (NIA) and National Science Foundation. 

Areas of clinical research cover addiction, neurodegenerative disorders, neurodevelopment, neuroimaging, ocular neurobiology, pain, psychiatric disorders, spinal cord and brain injury and stem cell. Learn more about our research programs and labs.

Our Physician Leaders

IU Health Medical Center is home to world renowned physician experts and care teams who work in collaboration with the IU School of Medicine, the largest medical school in the country.

Laurie Gutmann, MD

Neurology

Dr. Gutmann is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, vascular neurology, and neuromuscular medicine and serves as Chair of the Department of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine among many other national leadership positions.

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Mitesh V. Shah, MD

Neurosurgery & Spine Surgery

Dr. Shah is a board certified neurological surgeon, professor of neurological surgery and adjunct professor of otolaryngology at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, MD

Neurosurgery

Dr. Cohen has extensive experience with surgeries of brain tumors, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and microvascular decompression surgery for hemifacial spasm and trigeminal neuralgia.

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Liana G. Apostolova, MD

Neurology

Dr. Apostolova is a board certified neurologist, Associate Dean for Alzheimer’s disease research at Indiana University School of Medicine and the principal investigator of many NIH, foundation, and industry-supported grants for Alzheimer's research.

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Laura M. Tormoehlen, MD

Neurology & Toxicology

Dr. Tormoehlen is board-certified in both Neurology and Medical Toxicology. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Clinical Practice for Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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