Palmetto Health-USC Neurology

Offering the most advanced treatment for stroke, neurological conditions and brain disorders in the Midlands

Our specialties

Our neurologists provide expert care for stroke and transient ischemic attacks, epilepsy, headache and migraines and all neurological disorders and diseases.

Patient care

Call 803-545-6050 for your appointment or submit your request online. Learn more about your upcoming visit and view patient forms.

Education and research

We house valued neurology residency and fellowship programs and are committed to an ever-expanding and evolving line of physician-led research.

Our specialties

  • Stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and movement disorders
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Neuropsychology
  • Multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular disorders
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • Headache and migraines
Our Specialties

Our neurology team

Our expert neurologists at Palmetto Health-USC Neurology are dedicated to compassionate patient care for the brain, spine and nervous system. Utilizing the latest advanced technological innovation and expert research, we care for stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA), Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, epilepsy and seizures, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as headaches and migraines.

Serving Columbia, Lexington and the greater Midlands of South Carolina, we provide neurological consultation and care to patients in our hospitals and at our outpatient clinics. Our team is committed to medical education and has a successful and evolving research program.

Meet our Team

Education and research

We value educational opportunities for medical students, residents and physicians. We offer rotations and learning opportunities for third- and fourth-year residents in addition to accepting four neurology residents each year. Our fellowship program provides further specialization for interested physicians.

Our successful neurology research is constantly growing and evolving, with success in obtaining grant funding from a wide variety of sources. We seek to develop new treatments and prevention strategies for headache, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, neuromuscular disorders, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Education and Research

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  • P. Becky Anprasertporn, MD
  • Miroslav Cuturic, MD
  • Ravish A. Kothari, MD
  • Forrest J. Lowe, MD
  • Michael C. Mareska, MD
  • William A. McElveen, MD
  • Alexander Mirzoev, MD
  • Stephanie L. Paolini, MD
  • Walter H. Peters, MD
  • Renu K. Pokharna, MD
  • James F. Selph, MD
  • Souvik Sen, MD
  • Myriam J. Sollman, PhD
  • Yedatore S. Venkatesh, MD
  • Anil V. Yallapragada, MD
  • Alex R. Vezzetti, PA
    Alex R. Vezzetti, PA
    • SpecialtyPhysician Assistant
    • CertificationsNational Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
    • EducationUniversity of South Carolina School of Medicine

    Alex Vezzetti, PA-C, is a physician assistant working with the neurology team at Palmetto Health-USC Neurology. She received her physician assistant master’s degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia.

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Comprehensive Stroke Center

Expert physicians and advanced technology have made the Stroke Center at Prisma Health–Midlands the first Advanced Certification Comprehensive Stroke Center in the Midlands.

Prisma Health Neuroscience Journal

Our Neurology and Neurosurgery physicians contribute peer-reviewed research to the Prisma Health–Midlands Neuroscience Journal.

Neuroscience locations

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Our affiliate system

Prisma Health is the largest not-for-profit health organization in South Carolina, serving more than 1.2 million patients annually. Our 30,000 team members are dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of you and your family. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will be rebranded at a later date and will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

Our promise is to: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference.

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Palmetto Health is becoming Prisma Health. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group is part of Prisma Health.