UCSF to Launch Unique Neurology Clinic Specializing in Difficult-to-Diagnose Cases (press release):
“A proposed neurology clinic at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay aims to shortcut the “diagnostic odyssey” faced by many patients with baffling brain symptoms that do not meet the standard criteria for any specific condition.
Patients with ambiguous neurological symptoms, but no diagnosis, frequently go from specialist-to-specialist over a protracted period of time. The goal of the UCSF Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Neurology Clinic is to fast-forward the time lapses between appointments by enabling pre-diagnostic screening and expert consultations to take place in a single visit … The UCSF Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Neurology Clinic will encompass three faculties: neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry, specialties that are frequently treated in isolation…
“The boundaries between psychiatry and neurology are breaking down as we identify convergences in many conditions, such as autism, dementia and Parkinson’s disease,” said Matthew State, MD, PhD, chair of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. “Further progress in understanding brain disease and behavior is contingent on collaboration and integration, which the Manetti Shrem clinic will epitomize.”