NeuropsychologyWe are dedicated to excellence in patient care through the study of the cognitive and behavioral changes that can result from medical and brain injuries. We are experts in identifying a patient’s pattern of cognitive and emotional functioning and how this relates to expected brain function. A neuropsychological evaluation combines tests of cognition, behavior, and emotional functioning. This comprehensive evaluation will help to determine whether cognitive changes are related to symptoms of a medical or neurological illness, a psychological condition, or a normal part of aging. This evaluation is also part of the gold-standard workup for neurosurgery candidates. We provide neuropsychological evaluations for a wide array of medical and neurological disorders, as well as neurosurgery-specific candidacy evaluations. In addition, our bilingual neuropsychologists are able to provide evaluations in Spanish. We have expertise in the following areas. Epilepsy Memory disorders & dementia Multiple Sclerosis Oncology Parkinson’s disease Stroke Traumatic brain injury What to expect at your appointment A neuropsychological evaluation consists of an interview and testing, and lasts approximately three to six hours. During the interview, you will be asked about your cognitive and emotional symptoms, health history and medications, and other important background information. Neuropsychological Testing : Cognitive testing is designed to assess domains of thinking including attention, processing speed, memory, language, visual spatial abilities, and problem solving. Tests include paper-and-pencil as well as computerized methods. Emotional functioning is evaluated during the clinical interview and supplemented with self-report measures. We often request information from a close relation (family member or caregiver) about the individual’s functioning in daily life. The results from testing will aid your providers in diagnosis, treatment planning, and recommendations to improve your overall well-being. The neuropsychological evaluation typically includes administration of standardized tests to determine cognitive functioning in the following areas: General/baseline intellectual ability Attention Processing speed Visuospatial abilities Language Memory Executive functioning (problem solving) Motor skills Behavioral and emotional functioning What to bring to your appointment We are very attentive to our patients’ needs. We work with each patient so that they feel as comfortable as possible. We encourage patents to get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast before the appointment. Please bring the following: Glasses and hearing aids Water and a small snack, if needed Reports from any prior neuropsychological testing previously completed A family member, friend, or caregiver so they can provide insights into your abilities Please call us at 203-785-4085 if you have any questions about your appointment.
PsychiatryYale Psychiatry is the largest provider of psychiatric services in Connecticut, and the top National Institutes of Health-supported Department of Psychiatry in the United States. We are dedicated to adding to the body of knowledge in the field, and improving treatments for psychiatric disorders that span all ages. This includes helping people cope with major life events or medical illnesses, behavioral problems associated with personality disorder or addiction, mood and psychotic disorders, and dementia. Yale investigators have pioneered new treatments for nearly every psychiatric disorder. Our research programs have produced breakthroughs in areas as diverse as molecular neuroscience, genetics, translational neuroscience, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, rehabilitation, health services, forensic psychiatry, epidemiology, and health policy. Today, our clinicians are at the forefront of social, pharmacological, psychological, rehabilitative, and neurostimulation treatments. Through clinical trials, our interventional psychiatry service delivers high-impact treatments, including ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) and ketamine, for patients with treatment-resistant symptoms of depression. Our clinical programs are interwoven with our research efforts. We host programs that specialize in the major mental diseases and substance abuse treatment at three major institutions: Connecticut Mental Health Center, the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, and the Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. We also provide increased psychiatry support for Smilow Cancer Hospital in areas such as smoking cessation.
Physical Medicine & RehabilitationWe specialize in treating conditions and disabilities resulting from disease or injury involving any organ system. Physicians trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation are referred to as physiatrists. Our physiatrists focus not just on one part of the body, but instead on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person's life back together—medically, socially, emotionally, and vocationally—after injury or disease. Our team of physiatrists creates patient-centered treatment plans to restore function and quality of life for patients. We treat a wide range of conditions affecting the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and nervous system. We work collaboratively with other specialists, including neurologists, physical therapists, neurosurgeons, psychologists, social workers, and occupational and speech therapists. Working together, our specialists help restore patients’ lives following injuries that range from minor problems to more severe conditions, such as spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries. We also offer rehabilitation to improve many body functions, including movement, speech, language, and bladder and bowel conditions.
NeuropathologyThe Yale Neuropathology Service specializes in the evaluation of disorders involving brain, spinal cord, skeletal muscle, and peripheral nerve for adult and pediatric patients. All faculty members are subspecialty-trained and board-certified in neuropathology. Aside from acute, intra-operative frozen section coverage, which is exclusively provided by board-certified neuropathologists, faculty members are also expert consultants for the postmortem assessment of neurological disorders. The Neuropathology Service aims to provide excellent clinical care while incorporating cutting-edge molecular technologies into daily practice for primary and consultation cases. Complex cases are discussed in detail among expert neuropathologists at weekly consensus conferences and ad hoc. All faculty are involved nationally and internationally in professional societies and actively contribute to advancements in the field. The Yale Neuropathology Service provides diagnostic services to Yale New Haven Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. In addition, the Yale Neuropathology team are the primary specialists for surrounding hospitals, including the Saint Raphael Campus in New Haven, Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Milford Hospital, and Griffin Hospital.
General NeurologyWe evaluate and treat all neurological conditions, and make sure patients are seen by appropriate subspecialists within the Department of Neurology to provide the best possible care. The Yale Headache and Facial Pain Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches and facial pain in adolescents and adults. The Lumbar Puncture Clinic provides analysis to physicians for conditions related to spinal fluid abnormalities. We perform routine testing of cerebral spinal fluid, as well as more specialized testing for demyelinating disease, neoplasms, inflammatory conditions, and infections. We also provide large-volume spinal taps for the diagnosis of normal pressure hydrocephalus. The Neurology Urgent Access Clinic provides expedited evaluation of patients seen in the emergency room as well as those referred from physicians requiring an urgent assessment.
NeuroradiologyYale’s section of neuroradiology is one of the largest in the country. Advanced neuroradiology imaging techniques, especially in MRI and CT, have shown vast new ways of understanding, evaluating, and diagnosing diseases of the central nervous system. This understanding is crucial in concerns regarding the prevalence of traumatic brain injury in high-level sports and the military. Radiologists have also made strides in enhancing imaging for other diseases ranging from tumors, to multiple sclerosis, to strokes. The new imaging techniques available at Yale allow for insight into many areas of medicine. They make possible greater knowledge of a variety of diseases, including those for which there is currently a wealth of understanding, such as tumors and demyelinating diseases, and those that have been difficult to understand, particularly neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, as well as neuropsychiatric disorders.
General Internal MedicineThe physicians in our General Internal Medicine section are national leaders in their fields, and provide dedicated, comprehensive patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings at several sites across Connecticut: At Yale Internal Medicine Associates in New Haven, we provide state-of-the-art general medical care for adults. At the New Haven Primary Care Consortium (NHPCC), located at 150 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT, we provide comprehensive primary care, as well as specialized programs in traveling health, rheumatology, dermatology, podiatry, mental health, and addiction medicine. The Occupational and Environmental Medicine clinic focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases due to chemical, biological, and physical hazards in the workplace and environment. The Primary Care Center located at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven is also a major clinical and teaching site, and provides specialized Women’s Health and stroke care. The Medicine-Pediatric Clinic is located at St. Mary’s Hospital, 133 Scovill Street, in Waterbury. The Yale Addiction Medicine Consult Services provide hospital-based addiction assessment and treatment to patients who are hospitalized at Yale New Haven Hospital. Specialized programs in dermatology, mental health, rheumatology, and health care for travelers Medical forensic exams for individuals with claims of torture who are seeking asylum in the U.S. Specialized program for the treatment of substance use disorders We are also involved in community outreach and service programs that expand the reach of our research and clinical programs. Our research programs in such areas as substance abuse, occupational medicine, and chronic disease management provide our patients in the community with a variety of opportunities to access care and improve their health. Many of our faculty members are graduates of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.
GeriatricsWe are internationally known for the care we provide for older people, helping them maintain their independence and quality of life, and manage multiple complex health conditions. Our team of geriatricians, geriatric psychiatrists, nurse case managers, patient care assistants, physical therapists, and neuropsychologists works closely with patients, their families, primary care providers, and other care providers to assess and develop a comprehensive plan for their care. Yale physicians have developed widely used interventions and support families facing such challenges as functional decline, disability, decision-making, and driving problems. The Connecticut Older Adult Collaboration for Health 4M (COACH 4M) grant project is pleased to provide an updated and expanded list of available resources and services for older adults in Connecticut, parts of southeastern New York and southwestern Rhode Island. The new user-friendly version enables you to navigate the content through links in the table of contents and region list or using the Adobe bookmark feature. The COACH 4M team hopes you find the Geriatric Resource Directory a helpful guide to assist you in meeting the needs of older adults throughout the region. If you have any questions about the Resource Directory or have corrections to the content, please contact Eliza Kiwak at email@example.com . View the Yale Geriatrics Resource Directory . Disclaimer: COACH 4M does not recommend or endorse the services provided by the organizations and individuals listed in the directory. Inpatient and outpatient geriatric consultations at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven Syncope and Falls Assessment Program A prevention initiative for seniors at risk for falls, which has reduced falls and related injuries in many Connecticut The development of the Confusion Assessment Method, used internationally to diagnose delirium An Acute Care for the Elderly Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital, which aids with maintenance of function during acute hospitalization Outpatient consultations at the Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center
Internal MedicineCovering every aspect of health care for adults, Internal Medicine is the largest department in the Yale School of Medicine, and the largest clinical service at Yale New Haven Hospital. We provide comprehensive and specialized services in all areas in a variety of outpatient settings as well as the Veterans Affairs (VA) Connecticut Health Care System campus in West Haven. Our culture of collaboration and research gives patients access to expert opinions from nearly 1,000 doctors, as well as opportunities to get tomorrow’s health care today through more than 100 clinical trials. Most importantly, we attend to our diverse community of patients with compassionate, thorough care. Specialized care is offered in the following areas: Allergy & clinical immunology Cardiovascular medicine Digestive diseases Endocrinology General internal medicine Geriatrics Hematology Infectious diseases Medical oncology Occupational health & environmental medicine Nephrology Pulmonology, critical care & sleep medicine Rheumatology International reputation for work in understanding function, independence, and quality of life in older persons Key research breakthroughs of the past decade that include the development of a protective Lyme bacillus disease vaccine, exploration of the underlying causes of allergic disease, and the discovery of novel inherited immunological diseases Largest interventional cardiology program in Connecticut Major referral center for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as other metabolic conditions Nationally ranked program in kidney diseases and the largest kidney transplant program in New England, with multidisciplinary care clinics One of the largest peripheral vascular programs in the country, with leadership and participation in multiple new percutaneous device trials Once of only a few motility centers in Connecticut to provide all motility procedures and services Unique medical forensic exams for individuals with claims of torture who are seeking asylum in the U.S.
Yale Internal Medicine AssociatesOur program, focused on adult primary care, is known for its excellence and emphasis on prevention and wellness. We efficiently manage potential medical problems as they arise, and collaborate with specialists when needed. Our practice includes internal medicine physicians, advanced nurse practitioners, a clinical psychologist, a social worker, registered-nurse patient care coordinators, licensed practical nurses, medical assistants, clerical office staff, and a practice supervisor. Our goal is to provide patients with the highest quality, personalized healthcare in the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care. The PCMH model of care focuses on five areas: Building strong, collaborative health care teams that work together to meet the needs of patients Providing patient-centered care addressing the whole person, respecting patients’ values and preferences Coordinating comprehensive health care through clear communication among patients, families, caregivers, medical and behavioral health providers, hospitals, and other facilities Improving patients’ access to care, through such initiatives as expanded office hours and providing email access to electronic medical records Improving health care quality and standards by providing evidence-based care, patient and family education, and self-management support We would like to hear your direct feedback regarding your experience as a patient/family member of our clinic. Please visit the YIMA Patient/Family Comment Box to provide your feedback. Sign up for MyChart , our secure online patient portal, that gives you access to all of your Yale health information whenever you need it, wherever you may be.