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Neuroscience locations

At Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, our neuroscience program is co-led by Roham Moftakhar, MD, Medical Director, Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Neurosurgery, and Souvik Sen, MD, MPH, Chair, Department of Neurology, Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group. They share a vision to provide the most advanced neurology and neurological surgery treatments available to the residents of South Carolina.

Through recruitment of the best and brightest neurologists and neurosurgeons, investment in the most advanced equipment and technology, participation in cutting-edge research and education of the next generation of neuroscience physicians, we are committed to offering the premier neuroscience service for Columbia, Lexington and the greater Midlands of South Carolina.

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What is a neurologist?

A neurologist is a medical doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating, and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system. Neurologists do not perform surgery.

A neurologist's training includes an undergraduate degree, four years of medical school, a one-year internship, and at least three years of specialized training. Many neurologists also have additional training in other areas—or subspecialties—of neurology such as stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, and movement disorders.

What is a neurosurgeon?

A neurosurgeon does more than brain surgery. They treat all of the nervous system, which includes spinal care and peripheral nerves throughout the body. They help patients with head and spine trauma, cerebrovascular disorders, such as aneurysms of the brain and clogged arteries in the neck that can lead to stroke, chronic low back pain, birth defects, brain and spinal tumors and abnormalities of the peripheral (face, arms, legs, hands and feet) nerves.

Our physicians are fellowship-trained experts in functional neurosurgery, endovascular and cerebral vascular neurosurgery, epilepsy, skull-base surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, spine surgery, neuro oncology, stereotactic radiosurgery and neuro critical care.

About Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group

Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina. Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases.

Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.