Ayer Neuroscience Institute Neuroimmunology Department

Thank you for choosing the Neuroimmunology Department at Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute for your care.

Whether you are recently diagnosed or are looking for continued care for your condition, we are committed to helping you live as comfortably and fully as possible. Through our vast system of specialists, we are able to connect you with rehabilitative services to help manage your symptoms, behavioral health specialists to help cope with the emotional toll of such conditions and an array of other services for support.


What is Neuroimmunology?

The term “neuroimmunology” covers a wide scope of diseases affecting both the immune and nervous systems. Some of these diseases include:

  • Multiple sclerosis, one of the most common neurological diseases, affecting up to 1 million people in the United States.
  • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) spectrum disorders are central nervous system disorders that can affect the spinal cord or vision.
  • Autoimmune Encephalitisis which causes irritation or swelling of the brain.
  • Myelopathyis injury to the spinal cord which can be due to inflammation, compression or disc degeneration.
  • Neurosarcoidosisis is an autoimmune condition which can affect varied parts of the body including the lungs, skin or nervous system.
  • Autoimmune epilepsy
  • Other neurologic complications of autoimmune disease

We treat people with all of these conditions. If you are unsure if a condition falls under this specialty, please contact one of our locations.


Testing & Diagnosing Neuroimmunology Conditions

In addition to a thorough medical history and detailed neurological examination, diagnostic testing for neuroimmunology conditions can include:

  • An MRI to examine your brain and spinal cord. 
  • Spinal tap (or lumbar puncture) can assess the fluid circulating around your brain and spinal cord for elevated disease markers of MS or other conditions.
  • Blood tests to check for autoimmune markers, infection and other disease mimickers.
  • Eye exams to look for evidence of damage to the optic nerves. You will be referred to an ophthalmologist for these tests.

Treatments

Treatment for neuroimmunology conditions target the immune system and may be oral, injectable or infused medication. Other treatments are used to target the specific symptoms patients are experiencing. The Neuroimmunology team works closely with a team of rehabilitation specialists, urologists, ophthalmologists and others to provide the best possible care to our patients.


For Referring Providers

From within Hartford HealthCare: In Epic, you can refer to Dr. Brian Wong or Dr. Derek Smith. When doing so, choose “neurology” as a specialty and “neuroimmunology” as the department.

From outside Hartford HealthCare: Referrals can be faxed to 860.621.0189 and our team will contact the patient to schedule. We will need the patient’s demographics, insurance information, any recent imaging or labs, and office notes from the last six months. Tell your patient to bring a copy of any MRIs on a disk so our specialists can review the images during the visit.


For New Patients

When you come in for your first appointment, please bring any related test results from other physicians. If you have had any imaging, such as MRI scans done outside of Hartford HealthCare please bring a copy of them on a disk. You can get copies through the radiology center where you had the tests done. If your testing was done in the Hartford HealthCare system, we can access them through your electronic medical record. Medical records from outside our system can also be faxed to us at 860.621.0189.

Please call to confirm that we received the records before coming to your first appointment. We ask that all new patients fill out the new patient paperwork and bring it to the first appointment. If you have misplaced the paperwork, please call the office and we will gladly resend it. Appointments typically last an hour. It is always a good idea to bring someone who knows you well.

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Neuroimmunology Locations

462 Queen Street Suite 201
Southington, CT 06489
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Multiple Sclerosis
Neuroimmunology
190 Universal Drive North Suite 101
North Haven, CT 06473
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General Neurology
Neuroimmunology
Neuromuscular/Electromyography
Pain Management
Spine Surgery
190 Universal Drive North Suite 101
North Haven, CT 06473
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General Neurology
Neuroimmunology
Neuromuscular/Electromyography
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One Towne Park Plaza Suite 303
Norwich, CT 06360
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Botox
Brain Surgery
Brain Tumors
Epilepsy
General Neurology
Headache
Nerve Blocks
Neuroimmunology
Neuromuscular/Electromyography
Pain Management
Spine Surgery
Trigger Point Injections
Vascular Neurology
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102
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Brain Surgery
Brain Tumors
Endovascular
Epilepsy
General Neurology
Headache
Interventional Neuroradiology
Memory Care
Minimally-invasive Surgery
Movement Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Neurocritical Care
Neuroimmunology
Neuromuscular/Electromyography
Neuro-oncology
Neuro-ophthalmology
Neuropsychology
Neurotrauma
Neurovascular
Pain Management
Pain Medicine
Parkinson’s Disease
Radiofrequency Ablation
Reconstructive and Revision Spine Surgery
Skull Base Surgery
Sleep Disorders
Sleep Medicine
Spine Surgery
Stroke
Vascular Neurology
112 Mansfield Avenue
Willimantic, CT 06226
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Brain Surgery
Brain Tumors
Epilepsy
General Neurology
Headache
Minimally-invasive Surgery
Movement Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Neurocritical Care
Neuroimmunology
Neuro-oncology
Neurotrauma
Neurovascular
Pain Management
Pain Medicine
Parkinson’s Disease
Radiofrequency Ablation
Skull Base Surgery
Sleep Disorders
Sleep Medicine
Spine Surgery
Stroke
Vascular Neurology
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606
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Brain Surgery
Brain Tumors
Epilepsy
General Neurology
Headache
Interventional Neuroradiology
Minimally-invasive Surgery
Movement Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Neurocritical Care
Neuroimmunology
Neuro-oncology
Neurotrauma
Neurovascular
Pain Management
Pain Medicine
Parkinson’s Disease
Radiofrequency Ablation
Reconstructive and Revision Spine Surgery
Skull Base Surgery
Sleep Disorders
Sleep Medicine
Spine Surgery
Stroke
Vascular Neurology
435 Lewis Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451
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Brain Surgery
Brain Tumors
Epilepsy
General Neurology
Headache
Interventional Neuroradiology
Minimally-invasive Surgery
Movement Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Neurocritical Care
Neuroimmunology
Neurotrauma
Neurovascular
Pain Management
Pain Medicine
Parkinson’s Disease
Reconstructive and Revision Spine Surgery
Skull Base Surgery
Sleep Disorders
Sleep Medicine
Spine Surgery
Stroke
Vascular Neurology
One Towne Park Plaza
Norwich, CT 06360
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Brain Surgery
Brain Tumors
Epilepsy
General Neurology
Headache
Neuroimmunology
Neuromuscular/Electromyography
Spine Surgery
Vascular Neurology
The Ayer Neuroscience Institute

The Ayer Neuroscience Institute works to treat the full range of neurologic conditions. Our mission is more personal - to provide advanced, collaborative services across the state.

About the Institute

Meet our Neuroimmunology Providers:

Kurecka, Rachel, PA-C
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Neuroimmunology
HHC Institute
The Ayer Neuroscience Institute
462 Queen Street Suite 201
Southington, CT 06489
Offers Video Medicine
Wong, Brian, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Neuroimmunology
HHC Institute
The Ayer Neuroscience Institute
462 Queen Street Suite 201
Southington, CT 06489
Offers Video Medicine