Neurology Begins Here!

Neurology Begins Here! A Brief Early History of Neurology at NYU


Did you know that NYU had the first American neurologist---and some of the most renowned? In 1867, William A. Hammond, M.D. was the first to dedicate himself solely to the practice of neurology, writing the first textbook in this field. Dr. Hammond started the New York Postgraduate Hospital in 1975, which eventually became NYU’s Tisch Hospital. He also founded the American Neurological Association.





 Edward G. Janeway, M.D., another leader in modern U.S. medicine, was appointed the Chair for Bellevue Hospital Neurology from 1881 through 1886, and the Commissioner of Health for New York City from 1875 through 1891. In 1898, Dr. Janeway was appointed the First Dean of the University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College. He remained in this position until 1907. He is widely known for his description of the nodular lesions on the palms and soles that signify subacute bacterial endocarditis.





Charles L. Dana, M.D., was appointed President of New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital from 1884-1895. During his tenure he became President of the American Neurological Association (1892), one of the world’s leading societies for neurologic investigation.
…And the list of remarkable people and accomplishments continues to the present time. NYU Neurology has a rich history within the field itself as well as in the broader field of American Medicine. This translates into the teamwork and professionalism that characterize the Department’s tremendous trajectory and growth. Come see why Neurology Begins Here!