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Dr. Alice Rusk

Neurology & Neurosurgery

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Neuroscience is the branch of medicine that focuses on the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. At Greenwich Hospital, the neuroscience team is made up of skilled neurosurgeons, neurologists, and specialists in related disciplines, including radiology and rehabilitation.

The Neurosciences Department at Greenwich Hospital is known for extraordinary care, offering advanced diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. The hospital’s Spine Institute specializes in advanced spinal fusion surgery, using the latest open and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Greenwich Hospital neurologists include those with advanced training in several subspecialty areas. These include epilepsy, headache, movement disorders (e.g., dystonia, Parkinson’s disease), multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology, neuromuscular medicine (e.g., Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS, muscular dystrophy), as well as stroke.

Patients receive individualized attention and expert care from a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, physiatrists, nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals. 

Patient support for surgical patients includes organizing preoperative tests and admission procedures, making discharge arrangements, which may include rehabilitation and physical therapy, and helping patients understand insurance benefits. Hospitalized neurosurgery patients stay on our surgical inpatient unit.

Neurological Conditions We Treat

Greenwich Hospital specialists use innovative technologies and techniques to diagnose and treat patients with a host of neurological conditions and complaints, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Back pain
  • Birth defects
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries and tumors (malignant and benign)
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Headache – including migraine (Botox® for migraine) and cluster
  • Movement disorders including dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, tremor
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular medicine (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS], muscular dystrophy)
  • Neuropathy
  • Peripheral nerve diseases
  • Scoliosis
  • Stroke and aneurysms      

Neurosurgery Conditions We Treat

Greenwich Hospital surgeons specialize in advanced and minimally invasive techniques for procedures on the brain, spinal column and peripheral nerves. These techniques can be used successfully for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Autonomic nervous system disorders
  • Brain and spinal trauma
  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cerebrovascular injury, including stroke
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative scoliosis
  • Disorders of the autonomic nervous system
  • Disorders of the spinal cord, meninges, and spine
  • Head injury
  • Herniated disks
  • Osteoporotic fractures
  • Peripheral nerve damage
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spina bifida


Available 24 hours a day, the specialized team at the Greenwich Hospital Stroke Center offers immediate care to stroke patients and their families.


Greenwich Hospital is certified by the Joint Commission for cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal surgery.

Learn more about the Spine Center at Greenwich Hospital

Clinical Trials and Research

As part of Yale New Haven Health system, Greenwich Hospital provides patients access to cutting-edge clinical trials at Smilow Cancer Hospital through Yale Cancer Center. Patients who qualify have access to Phase I, II, and Phase III clinical trials and research focusing on the latest treatment protocols and medications. Patients who meet certain research criteria may also be able to participate in national neurological research related to lumbar interbody fusion and scoliosis; as well as stroke-related trials through Yale University.




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Neurological Rehabilitation

West Putnam Medical Center
Long Ridge Medical Center
Greenwich Hospital Physical Medicine
Speech & Language Services
Stroke Center

Spine Center
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