Frequently Asked Questions


What are the neurological conditions treated by Cedars-Sinai?

Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), brain tumors, stroke, epilepsy and muscular dystrophy are just a few of the neurological conditions that the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurology diagnoses and treats.


How is a neurologist different than a brain surgeon? Do I need to have both?

A neurologist is a physician who has received special training in the diagnosis and medical treatment of nervous system diseases. Neurologists do not do brain surgery.

Neurosurgeons are physicians who have been specially trained to do surgery on nerves, the brain and the spinal cord.

Persons who believe they may have a neurologic condition are usually referred to a neurologist first to diagnose their condition. If it is a condition for which neurosurgery is appropriate, the patient would then be referred to a neurosurgeon.

There are many different types of neurologic conditions, however, and not all of them require surgery to treat. Should you require surgery after seeing a neurologist, the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery works closely with our specialists to reach the best-possible outcomes for our patients.


Do I need a physician referral to go to Cedars-Sinai?

You will need a physician referral to be admitted to Cedars-Sinai for inpatient medical care. Depending on your healthcare insurance, you may need a referral from your primary care physician before seeing one of Cedars-Sinai neurological specialists.


I already have a diagnosis. Can I get a second opinion at Cedars-Sinai?

Yes. To get a second opinion about a neurological diagnosis with a Cedars-Sinai physician, please call 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771) or email


What should I bring to my appointment?

Being prepared for an appointment allows you to make the most of the time you have with your doctor.

Create a list of questions to ask your doctor. Bring along your healthcare insurance card. Show your doctor the bottles of all medicines you are taking. Remember to bring over-the-counter medications as well as prescription drugs. Make sure your medical records have been transferred before your appointment.

Information on billing, insurance and medical records is available in the Cedars-Sinai Patient and Visitors Guide.


How can I find out more about ongoing clinical trials and whether I can participate?

Neuroscience experts at Cedars-Sinai are working to use their clinical experience and research knowledge to lead the way in finding new treatments, techniques and diagnostic procedures. Our ongoing clinical trials are open to all eligible participants, and patients are encouraged to pursue involvement. General information about participation in clinical trials at Cedars-Sinai can be found in our Patient and Visitors Guide.

Information on publications by our expert neurosciences team can be found at


How do I make an appointment to see a Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurology physician?

To make an appointment with a Cedars-Sinai physician in the Department of Neurology, contact us at 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771) or email For information on reaching us from outside the United States, please contact our International Health Services team.


Where can I learn more about Cedars-Sinai?

For more than a century, Cedars-Sinai has been dedicated to excellence, compassion and innovation in patient care. Information about Cedars-Sinai and our history, can be found in the About Us section of the website.