Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Chair's Message

The faculty of The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are committed to excellence in research, teaching, and patient care through our affiliated hospitals.

At the very core of our department's mission is the health and well-being of patients. We deliver on our mission through our educational programs, where we offer students, residents, and fellows innovative teaching to build their skills; the delivery of outstanding, evidence-based clinical care through our hospital affiliates; and the development of new treatments made possible by promoting collaborative research. 

An Urgency to Develop New Treatments

While the number of patients who suffer from neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's is on the rise, developing treatments for these disorders has proven challenging. However, recent advances in technology, such as newer imaging modalities, have improved our understanding and diagnosis of neurological conditions. As important, emerging insights into the genetic basis of neurological diseases bring exciting possibilities for the creation of targeted therapies.  

At Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, we are establishing a strong foundation for therapeutic development that is based on innovative research in collaboration with interdisciplinary centers and institutes across the university.  The goal is to utilize emerging technologies to translate scientific discoveries into new and more effective treatments for a variety of neurological disorders. 

Educating Academic Neurologists of the Future

The academic neurologist of the future is faced with the challenge of mastering a rapidly growing number of clinical and scientific concepts and skills.  While information technology plays an increasing role in both training and maintenance of skills, bedside experience and teaching remain the cornerstones of excellence.

Our educational programs offer students, residents, and fellows an opportunity to master all these essential skills.  We also consistently provide faculty and staff mentorship and professional development opportunities, in order to leverage the rich diversity of talents in our department and at our university.

This is an exciting time for neurology. By working with our research center partners, as well as our colleagues in Neurological Surgery, Neuroradiology, and related disciplines, we are poised to raise the standard of neurological research and care.

Thank you for your interest in our department. Please contact us for more information about our programs and research.


Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD
Aaron Montgomery Ward Professor and Chair, The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology