Dr. Xuemei Wang, Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Neurology at Penn State College of Medicine, gestures toward a computer screen with images of a brain on it.

Department of Neurology

Neurology at Penn State College of Medicine

Welcome to the Department of Neurology at Penn State College of Medicine. As one of the premier academic departments of neurology in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the only one in central Pennsylvania, the department is known for its world-class patient care, education and research.

The department is in an exciting phase of growth as clinical services expand to meet the needs of our patients, the residency program increases in size, and research activity and collaborations proliferate.

Krish Sathian, MBBS, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Neurology at Penn State College of Medicine. He is pictured in a professional head-and-shoulders photo.
Krish Sathian, MBBS, PhD, Chair, Neurology

The department provides state-of-the-art care for patients across a wide range of neurologic disorders, and its providers are actively engaged in clinical research while collaborating with basic scientists at Hershey and University Park. 

The outstanding team of academic neurologists educates medical students at various stages of their undergraduate medical studies. They also train graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows and clinical fellows – all with the goal of developing the next generation of leaders in the field of neurology. 

The department is also proud of its outreach activities to neurologists and non-neurology health care providers, as well as the community at large

Krish Sathian, MBBS, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
Professor, Neural and Behavioral Sciences
Professor, Psychology
Director, Penn State Neuroscience Institute

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More about Neurology @ Penn State

Education in Neurology

The educational mission is a key part of the Department of Neurology's daily activities. Neurology faculty members take pride in educating medical students, residents and fellows throughout the year.

The department welcomes students from LCME-accredited schools of medicine and osteopathic medicine for elective clerkship rotations. Its residency program provides outstanding post-graduate training in neurology and accepts four residents per year. The curriculum is built around active patient-care experiences as well as formal didactic sessions. Three fellowships are also available.

The Department of Neurology also sponsors continuing medical education seminars, as well as neuroscience seminars and neurology grand rounds. External health care providers are invited to Friday afternoon grand rounds, which feature both internal and nationally recognized speakers.

Research in Neurology

Research is a major part of the program in the Department of Neurology. Faculty members are active in clinical research studies and basic science research.

The department's research programs are rapidly growing, and include outstanding work in:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Other neurological conditions

Department faculty actively publish on these and other topics.

Clinical Care in Neurology

At Penn State Health, Department of Neurology experts are committed to placing the well-being and comfort of patients above all else. The department strives to provide care that is compassionate, proven and economically competitive.

The neurology team specializes in diagnosing and treating a variety of neurologic diseases (conditions of the brain, spinal cord or nerves) in adults and children, including:

  • Behavioral and cognitive (thinking) disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • General neurology
  • Headache consultation
  • Movement disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Stroke

An active neurology service at Penn State Health Children's Hospital focuses on care for pediatric patients.

Educational Programs

Jobs in Neurology

Information on jobs that may be available in the Department of Neurology can be found at psu.jobs (for non-clinical positions) or careers.pennstatehealth.org (for clinical positions). All applications must be made through those sites.