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Neurological Services Unit

Neurological Services Unit at NYU Winthrop Hospital

What is the Neurological Services Unit?

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Neurological Services Unit is designed for patients recovering from complex neurosurgical procedures or those with acute neurological disorders. This neurological critical care includes the treatment, supervision and medical management of brain hemorrhaging, stroke caused by a blood clot, unremitting epileptic seizures, traumatic brain injury, serious neuromuscular disorders that can cause life-threatening paralysis, and tumors or infections of the brain or spinal cord.



The first unit to provide
neurological critical care on
Long Island

Established in 2002 as the first of its kind on Long Island, NYU Winthrop’s Neurological Services Unit includes 14 acute-care beds, six step-down beds, and an expert team of neurosurgeons, neurointensivists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses with extensive training in neurological critical care and the use of advanced monitoring technology.

Our specialists work as a team to orchestrate the complex range of testing and immediate interventions required to minimize immediate or delayed brain damage, and maximize the chances for a full recovery.

Advanced Neurological Services Unit Technology

With state-of-the-art technology, our Neurological Services Unit staff assesses and manages neurological disorders such as brain aneurysms, cerebral hemorrhages and strokes. They use:

  • Continuous EEG Monitoring
  • Intracranial Pressure Monitoring (ICP)
  • Licox (Brain Oxygenation) Monitoring
  • Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)

Neurological Services Unit Procedures

Highly specialized procedures include:

  • Hemicraniectomy
  • Induced Hypothermia
  • Interventional Neuroradiology Procedures
  • Plasmapharesis
  • Specific Pharmacotherapies
  • Thrombolysis
  • Ventricular Drainage
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Sophisticated neuroradiology and interventional neuroradiology diagnostic tools are located in close proximity to the Neurological Services Unit. They include:

  • 64-slice Computed Tomography Scanner (CT)
  • Biplane Digital Angiography system
  • Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)
  • CT Perfusion
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiograpy (MRA)
  • Positive Emission Tomography (PET)

Neurological Services Unit Leadership


Rajanandini Muralidharan, MD
Medical Director, Neurological Services Unit

Harpaul Bhamra, MD
Attending, Neurological Services Unit

Adel Hanna, MD
Attending, Neurological Services Unit


Lee E. Tessler, MD, FACS, FAANS
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery

Michael Brisman, MD, FACS
Chairman, Neurosurgery Quality Improvement Committee

Jonathan Brisman, MD, FACS
Director, Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery

John A. Grant, MD, FACS
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery

Interventional Neuroradiologists

John Pile-Spellman, MD, FACR

Sundeep Mangla, MD

Omar Tanweer, MD

Howard Riina, MD

Karthikeyan Arcot, MD

Ambooj Tiwari, MD

Nitin Mariwalla, MD

Neurological Disorders Research

Research is vital to the delivery of high-caliber care, and the neurological specialists at NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Neurological Services Unit are involved in research to further advance neuroscience and neurological critical care. Current studies include:

  • Apoptosis in intracerebral hemorrhages
  • Role of activated Factor VII in the acute intracranial bleed
  • ARUBA trial