At Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute, we’ve taken the concept of a second opinion to a new level:

Each week, all our specialists—neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neurointensivists, neuro-critical care nurses, EEG Techs—meet to review each individual case. Together, they pool their knowledge and experience to give you the most advanced treatment plan possible.

We are the only system in the region that operates this way. We also have the region’s only neurological intensive care unit.


Our Services

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Service Locations

Find inpatient and acute care, long-term care, outpatient services and preventive care at three of our convenient locations.

Conditions & Treatments

Epilepsy, headaches, movement disorders, neurosurgery, stroke and more.

Departments & Services

Discover the full range of neurological services ready to help you.

Fellowship Programs

Learn more about the Ayer Neuroscience Institute fellowship programs.

Patient Stories & Videos

Hear from our patients themselves about our care and their outcomes.

Programs & Classes

Learn about upcoming community education events sponsored by The Institute.


November 18, 2021

Improving Care Through a Patient and Family Advisory Council

Valdemar Ramos was just the sort of patient Dr. Sulada Kanchana was looking for when she started organizing the Chase [...]

November 15, 2021

First Awake Spinal Fusion in New England: Patient, 82, Says Back Pain Gone

Eighty-two-year-old Edith Gooch suffered for years from a debilitating spine disability. On. Oct. 1, she finally received the life-changing treatment [...]

November 13, 2021

How a Neuropsychologist Can Assess Cognitive Symptoms of Parkinson’s

Trouble walking or hand tremors are the familiar signs of movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, but there also can be [...]

November 13, 2021

Boxing? Dance? Movement Disorders Patients Pick Their Free Classes

Exercise is helpful to everyone, but for people with movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, structured physical activity can be the [...]

November 10, 2021

Maintaining Independence During Parkinson’s: How a Social Worker Helps

The man was sleeping on an air mattress on the floor of a spartan apartment, struggling to get to his [...]

October 29, 2021

Ayer Neuroscience Institute Adds Movement Disorders Specialist in Cheshire, Winsted

The Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute announces the addition of neurologist and movement disorders specialist Dr. Benjamin Dorfman to its [...]

Acute Care Locations


Backus Hospital

Backus Hospital includes a not-for-profit, 213-bed hospital in Norwich and numerous off-site locations, including several health centers and the Backus Outpatient Care Center.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

Neurology services at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital include neurological evaluations, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system.


Hartford Hospital

Hartford Hospital is an 867-bed Level 1 Trauma Center & regional referral center that provides high-quality care in all clinical disciplines. It is one of the largest teaching hospitals and tertiary care centers in New England.


MidState Medical Center

MidState Medical Center is a 156-bed acute care hospital located in Meriden, Connecticut, with satellite offices in Cheshire, Wallingford and Southington.

St. Vincent's Medical Center

St. Vincent's Medical Center, with more than 3,500 associates, includes a licensed 473-bed community teaching hospital, a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Westport, a large multispecialty provider group, and St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services.


The Hospital of Central Connecticut

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (THOCC) is a 414-bed, 32-bassinet, acute-care community teaching hospital with campuses in New Britain and Southington.


Windham Hospital

Welcome to Windham Hospital, a 130-bed, not-for-profit acute care community hospital providing state-of-the-art comprehensive medical services, personalized attention and care.