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Neurology and Neurosurgery

The Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute combines multidisciplinary centers of care at three New Jersey academic medical centers, Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, JFK University Medical Center in Edison and Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

We provide comprehensive, advanced care for a wide range of brain, spine, nerve and neurological disorders.

Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute?


Our neurology and neurosurgery services consistently rank among the best in the nation. Our health network has several awards for excellence and is home to the only New Jersey hospital nationally-ranked in Neurology & Neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report


Our centers of excellence are the first and only locations in New Jersey to use several advanced technology and treatment therapies for brain and spine tumors, epilepsy, and movement disorders including Parkinson’s and Essential Tremor.

Advanced Care

We are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of brain, spine and nerve disorders and renowned for our research to advance the treatment of traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain and spine tumors, CMT and Alzheimer’s disease.

Centers of Care for Neurology and Neurosurgery

At the Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute we’re ready to provide you and your family comprehensive treatment, services and care for a full spectrum of neurological disorders that affect adults and children.

Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Our multidisciplinary care team works with you and your family to develop a personalized care plan consisting of medication, nutrition, health psychology, assistive technology and equipment, as well as physical and occupational therapy.

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The Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute specializes in treating benign and malignant brain and spine tumors. Our centers of excellence offer cutting edge technology, minimally- and non-invasive surgery and treatments not offered anywhere else in the state.

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Using the most advanced nerve-related surgeries and procedures, experts at the Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute help restore function for patients who suffer from nerve damage due to illness or injury, as well as those who have suffered inoperable injuries or face limited treatment options.

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Our seizure specialists are equipped to care for the most complex cases in adults and children, and specialize in helping individuals gain control of epilepsy and seizure disorders without interfering with their normal activities of daily living.

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Headaches are the most common neurological disorder. Our care centers treat headaches, migraines, trigeminal neuralgia and headaches associated with other neurological conditions using the latest therapies to restore your optimal daily function and quality of life.

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A genetic condition that causes numbness, tingling and muscle weakness, our Center of Excellence is a leader for Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease and other hereditary neuropathies. At the forefront of clinical research and advocacy, our center participates in Phase I and II international clinical trials for adults and children.

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With an integrated team of board-certified, fellowship trained physicians ranging from neurology to geriatrics to neuropsychology, the Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute provides you and your family coordinated care for dementia and memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular dementia and memory loss associated with other neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.

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The Movement Disorders program at the Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute is among the most advanced programs in the state, offering cutting-edge treatments not found anywhere else in New Jersey for Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, restless leg syndrome, Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders.

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At the Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute, we have an integrated team dedicated to treating all forms of conditions. Our goals are your goals: keep you functioning to the best of your ability, both in your professional and personal life, reduce your symptoms and improve your long-term health.

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We offer a large network of neurosurgeons who are highly trained in the latest neurosurgical techniques for adults and children with brain, spine and peripheral nerve disorders. Our neurosurgeons use minimally invasive options whenever possible, which results in smaller incisions, shorter surgery duration and faster recovery.

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Sleep is a key component of brain function, mood and overall health. At our Centers for Sleep Medicine our adult and pediatric sleep specialists diagnose and treat an array of sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea, parasomnias and restless leg syndrome.

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We specialize in complex, difficult-to-diagnose and chronic conditions that haven’t responded to previous treatment. Our integrated team begins with the most conservative approach possible and works with you to determine the most effective treatment plan. Our experts in spine surgery are skilled at treating disc herniations, disc degenerations, spinal stenosis, spine fractures, scoliosis and other spine conditions.

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We provide cutting-edge stroke treatment, blending high-end technology with personalized, compassionate care. We are home to more hospitals with stroke designation awards than any other system in the state. Our experts treat the most complex stroke cases, including, hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke, ischemic stroke, and transient ischemic attack (also called mini-strokes). 

We also provide a stroke rehabilitation program that takes a patient-centered, holistic approach to stroke recovery, incorporating nutrition, psychiatry, rehabilitation and stroke prevention into each patient’s stroke recovery and rehabilitation plan.

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Our Doctors

At the Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute, our board certified, fellowship trained neurologists and neurosurgeons use the latest technology to diagnose and treat life-altering diseases and injuries of the brain, nervous system and spine.

Patient Story

After a vigorous workout, Marisol Vargas dismissed two weeks of blurry vision and headaches as work-related stress. But while cleaning up from her 36th birthday party she felt an odd tingling on the side of her nose, near her cheek. A few minutes later, she couldn’t get any words out when talking to her husband, Alex. She was having a stroke.

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