Becoming a Patient

Figuring out how to become a patient at the University of Michigan can be challenging for a number of reasons. First of all, because the neurosciences encompass such a wide range of conditions, it is not always easy to figure out whether your symptoms or condition are neurological or related to something else. Secondly, depending upon your condition, you may be seen either as an inpatient or visiting one of our outpatient clinics. 

Do I Need a Referral?

In most cases, yes. However, if you are seeking a second opinion or looking for other treatment options, please contact the clinic directly by visiting our Make an Appointment page for a listing of phone numbers by condition. You may always call us if you are not sure whether or not you need a physician referral. If you do, we can help you determine how to move forward.

Your Care Team

Your medical care team will depend upon your specific neurological condition. Our multidisciplinary neuroscience team is made up of more than 70 nationally recognized neurologists and neurosurgeons who work as a team with other physicians including:

  • Neuroanesthesiologists (provide anesthesiology during brain surgery)
  • Neurointerventional radiologists (specialize in minimally invasive neurological treatments)
  • Otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists)
  • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Physiatrists (physical medicine specialist) and physical therapists
  • Nurse practitioners and nurses
  • Neurointensivists

At the University of Michigan, our goal is always to coordinate this multidisciplinary care in a way that is convenient and efficient for you.

Take the Next Step

To see a list of clinics and conditions, visit our Make an Appointment page.