Chair's Letter

 Dr. Coyle

Welcome to the website of the Department of Neurology at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University! Like the rest of Stony Brook Medicine, Neurology is a young, dynamic, andgrowing organization committed to excellence in clinical care, research, and teaching. We provide a collegial, caring, and nurturing work environment. Neurology is home to an accomplished adult and pediatric faculty with distinctive strength in several areas, including cerebrovascular diseases, clinical neurophysiology, developmental disorders, epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis/neuroimmunology, neurocritical care, neuromuscular diseases, neuro-oncology, neuropsychology, and sleep neurology. We have a top-tier epilepsy level 4 center, a very busy comprehensive cerebrovascular stroke center with mobile stroke units, anALS center of excellence, a comprehensive MS center, and a movement disorders center. We attract outstanding and inquisitive residents who come here for the strong clinical training availableat our university, as well as myriad opportunities to gain subspecialty or research experience. Our residents typically go on to top-notch fellowship programs around the country before entering successful careers in academic medicine or private practice.

Stony Brook University is a flagship institution of the SUNY system, and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an invitation-only organization whose 62 members are the leading public and private research universities in the US and Canada. More than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled at the university, and the medical center contains schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Health Technology & Management, and Social Welfare. Stony Brook University co-manages and partners with the renowned Brookhaven National Laboratory in neuroimaging and other areas. Among Stony Brook’s signature contributions to medicine are invention of magnetic resonance imaging, discovery of the Borrelia spirochete causing Lyme disease, and the development of the anti-thrombotic drug Abciximab.

For website visitors who are considering joining the Department of Neurology, note that Stony Brook University is in a wonderful location, situated on more than a thousand scenic acres on the north shore of Long Island. Stony Brook University Hospital is unquestionably a bustling and professionally fulfilling place to work – it is the only tertiary care hospital and Level 1 trauma center in Suffolk County, home to over 1.5 million people. But outside the hospital, members of the department enjoy easy access to cultural events at the University and regionally, as wellas attractive beaches, sailing, woods, trails, villages and vineyards. Ours is a thriving and welcoming community; with excellent public schools and University Child Care, this is an outstanding place to raise a family. The vibrancy of New York City is a train-ride away, and a train runs regularly from Stony Brook Station into New York City’s Penn Station. Please come explore bothwhat our Department and community have to offer you, and also how you can contribute and help us continue to flourish.


Patricia K. Coyle, MD