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Comprehensive, compassionate neurological care
Our Department of Neurology is dedicated to providing extraordinary care for a wide range of neurological issues. Our continuous research and participation in professional teaching activities is helping to develop tomorrow’s renowned neurologists—today.

At the Department of Neurology at Staten Island University Hospital, we understand that receiving a diagnosis for a neurological condition can be a frightening experience. That's why we're here—for general neurology to the most rare and complicated diseases—we're dedicated to providing individualized, patient-centric, evidence-based care. We're also involved in ongoing research and participate in professional teaching activities, helping to develop tomorrow’s neurologists. 

The department is composed of seven adult and pediatric neurologists with special expertise in: 

  • Autoimmune brain disorders, such as autoimmune encephalitis
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders 
  • Stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Headache
  • Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders 
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders 
  • Neuromuscular disorders, from Bell’s palsy to Lou Gehrig’s disease to myasthenia gravis
Areas of expertise

Both Staten Island University Hospital North and South campuses are Department of Health-designated Primary Stroke Centers, with Staten Island University Hospital North currently seeking Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) designation.

Our team combines advanced technical knowledge and cutting-edge procedures for diagnosing and treating ruptured and non-ruptured aneurysms and related conditions.

Our team of brain tumor specialists has decades of training and experience applying the latest technology and research-backed therapies to treat brain tumors.

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Staten Island University Hospital is a NAEC accredited level 3 epilepsy center, and includes a full range of epilepsy care services for children and adults.

In the News
Dr. Mohammad Moussavi, director of Neurovascular and Neuroendovascular Surgery, performed the first Wada Test on Staten Island. 
Fifteen Northwell Health hospitals have earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Lenox Hill, Staten Island University hospitals each receive the highest designation of Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation with Exemplary Status given by the AANEM.

Our doctors

501 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 226-5700

Physicians at this location:

Vahid Ghiasian, MD

Associate Chairman - Associate Chairman of Neurology of Neurology, Staten Island University Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Nwanneka Adoma Okolo, MD

Director of Service - Director of Pediatric Neurology of Pediatrics - Neurology, Staten Island University Hospital

Specialties: EEG / Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology, Child Neurology

Akila Venkataraman, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy, Neurology

Mohammad Moussavi, MD

Director - Neurovascular/Neuroendovascular Sur,

Specialties: Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Neuroradiology

1110 South Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 226-5700

Physicians at this location:

Souhel Najjar, MD

Executive Director - Neurology Service Line,

Senior Vice President - Neurology Service Line, , Chairman of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital, Chairman of Neurology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Chairman of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital, Chairman of Neurology, Staten Island University Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Danielle Geraldi-Samara, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology

Yasir El-Sherif, MD

Director of Service - Director of Stroke Services of Neurology, Staten Island University Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Edward Haosheng Yu, MD

Director of Service - Director of Neuromuscular Services of Neurology, Staten Island University Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine

Frederick Arthur Patterson, MD

Specialties: Neurology