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Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute

Setting the Gold Standard

Saint Luke’s is proud to be ranked 46th in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.

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Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute

Located at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute is the only dedicated neuroscience hospital in Kansas City. Our acclaimed brain and spine team offers:

  • The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Comprehensive Stroke Center certification sealA Comprehensive Stroke Center providing the region’s most advanced stroke care, including stroke-reversal therapies and treatment to more than 1,100 patients each year. More than 36 percent of stroke patients receive stroke-reversal therapy compared to a national average of 15.9 percent
  • An 18-bed Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) specializing in post-surgical care and neurological illness
  • A Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center offering advanced diagnostics and surgical intervention for people living with epilepsy 
  • A neurorehabilitation program designed to help patients return to the highest level of functioning possible, with 75 percent of patients discharged to home compared to the national average of 67 percent
  • The Midwest Ear Institute, a leader in advancing cochlear implant technology, offering a broad range of services to people suffering from hearing and balance disorders

Meet our team

The team at Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute includes:

  • Neurologists dedicated to treating the full range of neurological conditions, including stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, and more
  • A subspecialty-trained team of neurosurgeons providing the full spectrum of elective and emergency procedures around the clock, including the latest surgical interventions for stroke, trauma, tumors, aneurysms, tremor, and other brain disorders
  • An experienced minimally invasive spine surgery team who uses specialized technology and expertise, resulting in quicker recovery, less pain, and better outcomes for patients

A legacy of innovation

In 1993, doctors performed one of the world’s first intra-arterial stroke-reversal procedures. Since then, Saint Luke’s specialists have continued to pioneer new treatments. We are one of the world’s most experienced and prolific leaders in the use of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the clot-busting medication that can reverse ischemic stroke.

In 2013, we enhanced and streamlined care delivery by offering leading-edge diagnostics, treatment, and surgical services within one dedicated building. Thanks to a generous grant from the Bloch Family Foundation, Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute will continue leading-edge research and clinical innovation well into the future.

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