Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health


Our neurology and neurosurgery services consistently rank among the best in the nation. Plus, Hackensack University Medical Center is the only NJ hospital nationally-ranked in Neurology & Neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.


Hackensack Meridian Health’s Neuroscience Institute is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of brain, spine and nerve disorders and for our research to advance the treatment of traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors and Alzheimer’s disease.


Hackensack Meridian Health was first in the region to have a state-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and a nationally accredited Primary Stroke Center. Less than 5% of hospitals in the nation meet these rigorous requirements.

Neuroscience Patient
Patient Story

” I thought returning to school after my brain injury would be very difficult. But I learned time management tactics and memory skills in rehab that set me up to succeed. The therapists pushed me just enough to get me back into my life. It was exactly what I needed.” — Kajal Patel

Our Doctors

Our board-certified, fellowship-trained neurologists and neurosurgeons are equipped to care for the most intricate cases and provide you with the best treatment options possible.

Neuroscience Doctors and Specialists
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