Top experts in clinical neuroscience 

Scientists everywhere want to know more about the human brain and how it works. Penn State Neuroscience Institute makes it possible for teams of brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve experts to conduct research together. The institute also encourages teaching, to share new care methods that come from research. 

We want patients with neurological (nervous system) and psychiatric (mental) diseases to benefit from new treatments. Scientists and medical professionals who know more can do more for their patients and the world of medicine.

Our mission

Penn State Neuroscience Institute has an ambitious goal. We want to be known around the world as a center for excellence in research, patient care and teaching. Our network includes Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, as well as institutions like us throughout Pennsylvania.

The institute works to:

  • Assure excellence in basic and clinical research studies that increase our understanding of the normal and diseased brain.
  • Promote the translation of research findings into new treatments for neurological disease, such as brain tumors, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and stroke.
  • Improve the care of patients with neurological and neurobehavioral diseases, such as confused mental states, Alzheimer’s disease and abnormal behaviors.
  • Provide a rich intellectual environment so those studying neuroscience have the best possible educational experience.
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Our Experts in Care

Meet our doctors, view their profiles and select the one that’s right for you.

Top experts in clinical neuroscience use cutting-edge care

At Penn State Neuroscience Institute, we specialize in treating some of medicine’s most complicated diseases. Disorders of the brain and nervous system get all our attention and compassion. An emphasis on brain research means you or your loved one gets the latest treatments. Our health care team works with families and caregivers to create unique plans for each patient. We strive to give you the best possible chance at wellness.

Your First Visit

Getting started at the Neuroscience Institute

To make the most of your first visit, gather all your personal medical information. Have it ready for the doctor, along with your own questions about what we can do for you.

What to expect when you first call

While you are on the phone scheduling your first visit, our staff may ask questions about your illness. They may also ask what your doctor has arranged for you. This helps us set up everything properly.

We like you to ask questions

It is important for you to understand why and how you will receive treatment. So we encourage you to ask questions to be clear on things. Before you come in, please take a moment to write down questions for the doctor.

Medical records and list of medications

We need all of the medical records related to your neurological condition. This includes any radiology test results and records of surgery. We must have them at the time of your first visit. You can bring them or have your doctor(s) send them to us.

Please make a list of exactly what medications you take, and any drugs you are allergic to. You must bring this with you on your first visit.

Make us aware of changes

When you arrive for each visit, please tell us right away if anything has changed. For example, your address, telephone, primary doctor, insurance or other important personal information.

Sometimes we’re late for your appointments

Sometimes we need to delay your visit time because your doctor has an emergency or a patient with a complicated problem. We know waiting is inconvenient. We appreciate your understanding.

If an emergency causes us to cancel your visit, we apologize. We will reschedule your visit for the soonest available opening.

If you need to cancel, give 24-hour notice

Please give us at least 24 hours notice when you need to cancel. We may want to give your appointment spot to a patient in urgent need. We are happy to reschedule your visit. 


Penn State Neuroscience Institute administration

Krishnankutty Sathian, MBBS, PhD
Professor and Chair of Neurology
Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology

Associate Director
David J. Vandenbergh, PhD
Professor of Biobehavioral Health, Penn State College of Health and Human Development

Executive and Advisory Committees
An executive committee and an advisory committee also help oversee the Neuroscience Institute.

Affiliated Departments

Neuroscience Institute departments and divisions 

The departments most closely affiliated with Penn State Neuroscience Institute include:

Neuroscience work also happens through the College of Medicine and the University in other departments, including Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, Ophthalmology, Pharmacology, Psychology and Radiology, among others.

Patient Education and Resources

We believe patients feel better when they know more about their condition and today’s new treatments.

Learn about recent findings and treatments 

To keep our patients abreast of the latest medical news, we share videos and podcasts featuring experts from the Neuroscience Institute. It’s also important to know you’re not alone. So we also share survivor stories told by people like you. 

Experts and patients discuss brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and recovery

Patients and physicians discuss the latest treatments of back pain and spinal injuries

We've Got Your Back 2011

We've Got Your Back – Four video series

Stimulating minds – deep brain stimulation

Experts and patients discuss the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of carotid artery disease

Restless legs syndrome

Support Groups

Support groups provide an opportunity to share your feelings and connect with other patients and caregivers who are experiencing similar struggles.

Learn more about support groups offered


No need to travel far for the best medical care. The highly skilled specialists at Penn State Neuroscience Institute offer the newest and best ways to treat patients. Since our doctors also teach new methods, your care team is always up to date on the latest research.

All our locations offer care and comfort centered on the patient and their family. We make sure you and your loved ones are our partners in medical care.