Institute Overview

In 2007, Hoag announced its 5th Center of Excellence, Hoag Neurosciences Institute. As the only truly comprehensive collection of neurosciences programs in Orange County, Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute offers a seamless spectrum of experts, the latest technology, and dedicated facilities for treating individuals with disorders of the brain and spine.


Provide an integrated, multidisciplinary team approach to disorders of the brain, spine, and nerves using the best evidence-based clinical care, state-of-the-art technology, and advanced clinical research, all focused on the individual patient need.

Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute provides specialized services and also uses a programbased approach, each focused on a specific condition and measur ed by outcomes that matter to the patient. The Institute houses the following programs and services:

  • Back Pain/Neurosurgery Spine Program
  • Brain and Body Program
  • Brain Tumor Program
  • EEG & Neurodiagnostic Services
  • Epilepsy Program
  • Headache & Facial Pain Program
  • Memory & Cognitive Disorders Program
  • Movement Disorders/Parkinson’s Program
  • Neuro-Rehabilitation Services
  • Neurobehavioral Program: ASPIRE – Adolescent Mental Health
  • Neurobehavioral Program: Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers
  • Neurobehavioral Programs: Psychiatry Consult and Liaison, Women’s Mental Health
  • Neuroradiology, Interventional Neuroradiology Services
  • Pituitary & Skull Base Program
  • Sleep Health Program
  • Stroke Program

Spearheading Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute is Hoag’s multidisciplinary team of nationally recognized medical experts, who subspecialize in the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology, radiation neurooncology, pain medicine, addiction medicine, psychiatry and neuropsychology. As Orange County’s only community hospital with dedicated neurohospitalists, 24/7 subspecialized neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology coverage, Hoag is equipped to immediately respond to any neurological emergency. This integrated, sub-specialized team of neuro clinicians and scientists is also actively involved in clinical research testing new therapies, drugs and other medical advancements to better the lives of patients suffering from neurological conditions.

Hoag now has 13 endowed chairs (unique for a nonacademic, community hospital), two of which are in Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute. Dr. William R. Shankle is the Judy and Richard Voltmer Chair of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Program. Dr. Michael Brant-Zawadzki is the Ron and Sandi Simon Chair of Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute. The remarkable generosity of our benefactors speaks not only to the trust and support of our endeavors, but creates an aspirational level of accountability.

This report speaks to that accountability, and highlights the performance of the Institute’s major individual programs over the past calendar year.