Cole Neuroscience Center (Neurology)
The Cole Neuroscience Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee is the only Neurology sub-specialty center of its kind in the region. The Cole Neuroscience Center offers a complete spectrum of care for degenerative neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Movement Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Epilepsy and Stroke.
Our specialists work together to develop treatment plans that assist the entire family. From access to the latest diagnostic tools and the newest clinical trials, to offering counseling and long-term care options, the Cole Neuroscience Center has so much to offer – especially hope. Each year the Cole Neuroscience Center serves more than 1,600 patients with Parkinson's disease, 2,500 with Alzheimer's disease and numerous others with neurodegenerative diseases.
Patient and Visitors
The Cole Neuroscience Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. This effort is coordinated by our Medical Director, Dr. John Dougherty, Jr., and Associate Medical Director and Director of Clinical Research, Dr. Monica Crane and includes seven physicians—six neurologists and one geriatrician—as well as an advanced registered nurse practitioner, social worker, registered nurse, and a team of cognitive evaluation specialists. Spanning beyond traditional approaches, the primary medical team also consults with geriatric specialists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, nutritionists, and physical, occupational, respiratory, and speech therapists. The result of this collaboration is a unique program of care developed with each patient and their caregiver that addresses all of their specific needs.
The Cole Neuroscience Center was established as a result of the generous support of Robert and Monica Cole and the Cole Family Foundation. The Cole Family Foundation made a strong commitment not only to clinical care, but also to research in the field of neuroscience. Through solid leadership and financial support of the Cole Family Foundation the commitment to clinical excellence is evidenced by the growth in the patient population from a few hundred fifteen years ago to over 5,000 patients. Scientific research started with Cole Family’s participation as the major benefactor in the acquisition of the first PET scan at The University of Tennessee Medical Center and the endowment of a chair in Molecular Neuro Imaging.