US News UCH Best Hospitals Neurology and Neurosurgery 2018-19The Neurosciences Center at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital in metro Denver is the largest provider of comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care in the Rocky Mountain region.

With just the right balance of patient care, research and education, University of Colorado Hospital provides the highest quality neurological and neurosurgical care.

Our neurosciences practice is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, and 70% of our Neuro ICU nurses have CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) or CNRN (Certified Neuroscience Nurse) board certifications.

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We diagnose and treat a broad range of neurological conditions with diagnostic precision, proven therapies and a multi-disciplinary, collaborative team approach.

Conditions we treat

Both consultations and ongoing care are available to patients with a variety of neurological conditions, including:


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Back pain
  • Brain cancer
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Epilepsy


  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Sleep disorders
  • Spine conditions
  • Stroke


Epilepsy program

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Our epilepsy program has been rated a Level 4 center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), the highest designation.

Epilepsy can affect anyone at any age and from any background. At UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), one of our core missions is to effectively treat patients who have epilepsy, while simultaneously striving to research and develop the best possible treatments and procedures in the battle against the disease.

The UCHealth Epilepsy Program can help you and your family to make informed decisions about the best therapies available, including surgical options. We have a team of physicians, researchers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other providers who are specifically trained in treating epilepsy and who provide comprehensive clinical care and diagnostic testing for our patients.

Available services

Diagnostic

  • Electrodiagnostic Monitoring Unit (EMU)
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Outpatient electroencephalogram (EEG) and Quantitative EEG

Targeted tests, including:

  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and functional MRI (fMRI)
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan
  • Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) scan
  • Wada (combines imaging and neuropsychological testing)

Personalized care

  • Advanced epilepsy therapy clinic
  • Ketogenic/modified Atkins diet clinic
  • Implantation and management of vagus nerve stimulator (VNS), deep brain stimulator (DBS) and responsive neurostimulation (RNS or “Neuropace”)
  • Neurofeedback
  • Seizure and epilepsy surgery support group
  • Surgery, including laser surgery
  • Tuberous sclerosis clinic

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at UCH

Introduction to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) for hospital patients

Watch this video for an overview of the University of Colorado Hospital EMU for current hospital patients being transferred into the unit. Topics covered include basic rules and regulations, what to expect during your stay in the EMU, and an introduction to the team that will be responsible for your care.

Introduction to the EMU for newly admitted patients

Watch this video for an overview of the University of Colorado Hospital EMU for patients who are being admitted to the unit from home. Topics covered include navigating to the unit, the check-in process, service animal policy, basic rules and regulations, what to expect during your stay in the EMU, and an introduction to the team that will be responsible for your care.

Clinical recognition

Many of the patients who come to us for neurological treatment were referred here by physicians who recognize our expertise in proven therapies and our high quality of care. See our online outcomes book.

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Neuro ICU at UCH.

Nationally recognized stroke care at University of Colorado Hospital

University of Colorado Hospital is a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. This means that we provide stroke victims the highest level of care possible.


Superior expertise

University of Colorado Hospital has the largest neurovascular service in the state. Our nationally renowned doctors offer highly specialized surgical techniques and interventional neuroradiology procedures not available elsewhere in Colorado. This means better results for patients who may otherwise suffer from irreversible brain damage or death.

Our quick response was recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) with their 2018 Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus award for outstanding care.

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Resources

Stroke support resources

Metro Denver Stroke Hub Support Group

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Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

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