Department of Neurology

US News 2023-24 Nationally Ranked in Neurology and Neurosurgery

We are a vibrant department comprising 12 specialized sections, supporting a spectrum of complex and innovative approaches to neurological care, a broad range of novel research programs, and a panoply of educational opportunities for trainees. Our close ties with the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwestern allow us to leverage shared resources to support a range of unique programs within the department and across our growing medical center. We are ranked among the nation's  top 20 hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery (#18), and among the top three academic medical centers in the 16-state Southeast and Southwest, home to approximately 40% of the US population. As such, UT Southwestern is a prime location for specialized neurological care across a vast region of the US. Our work touches the lives of thousands of patients each year who come to us from Texas, our surrounding states, and further afield. We are home to 32 research labs (16 wet-bench, 16 dry-bench) and 1 in 4 faculty are PIs of NIH grants. Our faculty are deeply committed to our educational mission, and we host 12 fellowship programs. “Neurology Boot Camp” and “Art of Neurology” are two programs specifically designed to enhance resident education. With Dr. Elan Louis as our Chair, we are home to Merritt’s Textbook of Neurology, one of the premier and longest-standing neurological textbooks in the country. 

At a Glance


  • 140+ Full time faculty
  • 90 Primary faculty
  • 68 Primary faculty who are physicians


  • 67K+ Ambulatory visits
  • 13 Practice Locations
  • Hospitals


  • 12 Fellowship training programs
  • 25 Fellows
  • 42 Total adult residents per year


  • $87.4M In all research funding
  • 1 in 4 Faculty with NIH Funding
  • 30 Active NIH grants
  • 22 Blue Ridge Institute ranking

The Intersection of Clinical Care, Research, and Education

We focus on providing the highest level of neurological care for our patients, conducting innovative research, and training the next generation of neurologists.

Our interdisciplinary clinics and team of passionate international experts provide cutting edge treatment to a very large and diverse patient population. Social responsibility is a core value UTSW Neurologists act locally upon through our decades-old partnership with Parkland Hospital, one of the nation's busiest safety net health systems.

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The Department firmly committed to neurological and neuroscience research. Our large faculty is home to well-resourced basic, clinical, epidemiological, and translational investigators, who maintain a sizable and diverse portfolio of research grants and contracts that span the spectrum of neuroscience research.

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Neurology has a long-standing tradition of providing a dynamic, progressive and engaging learning environment for our students, residents, and fellows. Our education programs are led by highly qualified, committed, and nationally recognized faculty.

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Neurology in the News

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