Kentucky’s Norton Healthcare plans $100 million neuroscience institute

Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Ky., will spend up to $100 million over a decade to build a neuroscience institute to research and treat adult and pediatric neurological disorders, hospital officials said Thursday.

The officials hope the project will within five years make their health system one of the Top 10 neuroscience practices in the country.

They hope the Norton Neuroscience Institute attracts specialists and sub-specialists to Louisville who enable the facility to treat every kind of neurological disorder, from brain tumor to epilepsy.

The project also aims to expand the health system’s involvement in clinical trials, educate new neuroscience physicians and increase use of advanced technology, among other things.

The health system’s primary market is Kentucky and Southern Indiana, which includes 1.7 million people who will have neurological disorders during their lifetimes, according to the hospital.

The health system also announced four new physicians who will join the institute later this year:

  • Dr. Shervin R. Dashti — endovascular and vascular neurosurgeon from the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix
  • Dr. Kimathi W. Doss — spine neurosurgeon from University of Louisville Department of Neurological Surgery
  • Dr. Tom L. Yao – endovascular neurosurgeon from the Vanderbilt Medical Center Department of Neurological Surgery
  • Dr. Charles B. Stevenson – a pediatric neurosurgeon from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Dr. Todd S. Shanks, a functional neurosurgeon from the University of Louisville Department of Neurological  Surgery, has agreed to join the institute in 2010. Institute leaders plan to hire three more neurosurgeons over the next 18 months, they said in a statement.

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