Jefferson Medical Neurology Staff
Aremmia D. Tanious, M.D.Physician
Hannah McCallum, N.P.Nurse Practitioner
Alicia GiegerNerve Conduction Tech
Chanda PalmerClinical Assistant
LaShonda Bynum, R.N.Registered Nurse
Mandy GreenClinical Assistant
What is Neurology?
Neurology is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Specifically, it deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of disease involving the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effecter tissue, such as muscle. The corresponding surgical specialty is neurosurgery.
A neurologist is a physician who specializes in neurology, and is trained to investigate, or diagnose and treat neurological disorders. Pediatric neurologists treat neurological disease in children. Neurologists may also be involved in clinical research, clinical trials, as well as basic research and translational research.
Qualifications of a Neurologist
In the United States, neurologists are physicians who have completed postgraduate training in neurology after graduation from medical school. Neurologists complete, on average, at least 12 years of college education and clinical training. This training includes obtaining a four-year undergraduate degree, a medical degree, which is an additional four years, and then completing a three or four-year residency in neurology. The four-year residency consists of one year of internal medicine training followed by three years of training in neurology. One and two year fellowships are available following completion of the neurology residency if desired.
Many neurologists also have additional subspecialty training (fellowships) after completing their residency in one area of neurology such as stroke or vascular neurology, interventional neurology, epilepsy, neuromuscular, neurorehabilitation, behavioral neurology, sleep medicine, pain management, neuroimmunology, clinical neurophysiology, or movement disorders.
When do you need a neurologist?
A neurologist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats problems with the nervous system. Much of this field is focused on people who have had a stroke or have Parkinson's disease and similar brain related diseases. Neurologists might be the doctor of choice if your back or neck pain is chronic and longstanding, as these physicians are experts in the origins of pain. A neurologist will examine the nerves and how they are functioning to provide balance, movement, sensation, strength and reflexes.
How neurologists work with other physicians
There is some overlap with other specialties, varying from country to country and even within a local geographic area. Acute head trauma is most often treated by neurosurgeons, whereas sequelae of head trauma may be treated by neurologists or specialists in rehabilitation medicine. Although stroke cases have been traditionally managed by internal medicine or hospitalists, the emergence of vascular neurology and interventional neurologists has created a demand for stroke specialists. The establishment of JCAHO certified stroke centers has increased the role of neurologists in stroke care in many primary as well as tertiary hospitals. Some cases of nervous system infectious diseases are treated by infectious disease specialists. Most cases of headache are diagnosed and treated primarily by general practitioners, at least the less severe cases. Similarly, most cases of sciatica and other mechanical radiculopathies are treated by general practitioners, though they may be referred to neurologists or a surgeon (neurosurgeons or orthopedic surgeons). Sleep disorders are also treated by pulmonologists. Cerebral palsy is initially treated by pediatricians, but care may be transferred to an adult neurologist after the patient reaches a certain age. In the United Kingdom and other countries, many of the conditions encountered by older patients such as movement disorders including Parkinson's Disease, stroke, dementia or gait disorders are managed predominantly by specialists in geriatric medicine.
Clinical neuropsychologists are often called upon to evaluate brain-behavior relationships for the purpose of assisting with differential diagnosis, planning rehabilitation strategies, documenting cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and measuring change over time (e.g., for identifying abnormal aging or tracking the progression of a dementia).
Jefferson Medical Neurology Services
Balance Disorders Testing
Nerve Conduction Studies
Other Jefferson Medical Services
DEXA (Bone Density)
- Jefferson Medical Associates in Laurel, Mississippi is the area's largest private multi-specialty medical group. Our physicians provide primary, as well as specialized medical care for residents of south central Mississippi and are staff members at South Central Regional Medical Center.
- Our physicians are Board Certified in the areas of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Oncology / Hematology and Pulmonary medicine. Specific to each of these specialties, we offer a wide range of diagnostic services.
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