About the Center

The Comprehensive COVID-19 Neurology Care Center of Excellence was established by the Department of Neurology to help patients with various neurological manifestations of COVID-19 infection.

This is the first neurology clinic in the tristate area to offer a multidisciplinary approach to the neurological complication of COVID-19 infection in collaboration with the department of medicine, ENT, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, and the Pain Management Center. The neurological complications of COVID-19 infection include, but are not limited to:

  • headache
  • cognitive impairment
  • neuropathic pain
  • stroke and cerebrovascular disorders
  • trigeminal neuralgia and myofacial pain
  • seizure disorders
  • Myelitis and demyelinating disorders
  • Cranial nerve disorders including loss of smell and taste
  • Peripheral Neuropathies including Guillain Barre Syndrome and other inflammatory neuropathies
  • Muscle disease


The Comprehensive COVID-19 Neurology Care Center of Excellence will function within University Hospital and other Rutgers affiliated hospitals as a primary and/or consulting service for COVID-19 patients.

Once discharged, COVID-19 neurology patients may continue their follow-up care at our center on an as-needed basis. The benefit of having this option for continual care is that it enables a team-based approach between the COVID-19 Neurology Care Center and other departments within New Jersey Medical School. Together with the patient, their family, and other physicians, we can create both short and long-term goals, and work to meet the patient's needs.

The Comprehensive COVID-19 Neurology Care Center of Excellence may provide or coordinate the following tests:

  • Electrodiagnostic and neurophysiological testing
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Physical Therapy Evaluation
  • Imaging Tests
  • Cognitive function Tests
  • Laboratory and Biological markers relevant to COVID-19 infection
  • Autonomic Testing



Nizar Souayah MD, FAAN

Nizar Souayah MD, FAAN

Professor of Neurology & COVID-19 Care Center Founding Director
Department of Neurology

John Bach MD

John Bach MD

Department of PM&R

Priscilla Vega-Vargas

Priscilla Vega-Vargas

Office Coordinator
Department of Neurology

Cari Brown

Sr. Director of Administration
Department of Neurology