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Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano
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A team approach to neurological care

The Baylor Scott & White – Plano Brain and Spine Center provides comprehensive care for a wide range of brain and spine conditions. We take a team approach to care, developing custom care plans for each patient. Some of the conditions treated and services offered include:

  • Brain aneurysms
  • Epilepsy
  • Headache
  • Memory loss
  • Stroke
  • Neuropsychology
  • Minimally invasive spine
  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Complex spine disorders
  • Pain management
  • Movement disorders
  • Peripheral nerve disorders
  • Neuromodulation

The center features an experienced team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-interventional radiologists, critical care physicians, oncologists and other physicians on staff who are specialty and/or subspecialty trained in brain and spine care, as well as a specialized clinical support team. The program features:​

  • Advanced clinical nurse specialists
  • Brain and spine ICU beds
  • Enhanced surgical equipment
  • Epilepsy monitoring unit
  • Patient navigators
  • Research and clinical trials
  • Neuro-interventional biplane angiography suite


Baylor Scott & White – Plano is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV GL – Healthcare, reflecting the highest level of competence in treating stroke and stroke complications. The prestigious certification is based on standards from the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. We have the advanced technologies, specialized physicians on staff and highly trained support team vital to quickly diagnosing and treating strokes.

Types of strokes

  • Ischemic, caused by a blockage
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA), caused by a temporary blockage and also referred to as a ministroke
  • Hemorrhagic, caused by a weakened blood vessel bursting. Aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations can cause a hemorrhagic stroke, but the most common source of hemorrhagic stroke is uncontrolled high blood pressure.

Uncontrollable risk factors for stroke

  • Females have more strokes than males
  • Stroke can occur at any age, but the risk doubles every decade from age 65
  • Family history
  • African Americans have a higher risk of stroke than Caucasians
  • A previous stroke

Controllable risk factors for stroke

  • Manage chronic conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, sickle cell disease, and diabetes
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Nutrition/Diet
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Warning signs

An easy way to notice warning signs of a stroke is B.E.F.A.S.T.:

  • Balance - Sudden dizziness or loss of balance
  • Eyes - Sudden loss or changes in vision in one or both eyes
  • Face - Facial droop, uneven smile
  • Arm - Arm numbness or weakness
  • Speech - Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Time - Time to get help immediately

Have a question? Need a referral?

For a referral to a neuroscience specialist on staff at Baylor Scott & White – Plano or for more information, please contact us

B.E.F.A.S.T. if you suspect a stroke

Knowing the signs of a stroke is one of the keys to successful recovery. Dr. Rashedul Hasan, MD, a vascular neurologist associated with Baylor Scott & White Health, discusses what to do when someone is having a stroke, common misconceptions about stroke, and the latest breakthroughs in treatment.


Neuroscience services

In addition to treating strokes, the doctors on staff at Baylor Scott & White - Plano offer treatments for other brain and spine issues.

  • Brain and spine surgery
  • Interventional neuroradiology
  • Neurology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Pain management
  • Neuromodulation

Brain and spine surgery

Advanced surgical solutions for a wide range of conditions affecting the brain, back and spine.

Interventional neuroradiology

Innovative minimally invasive methods to treat numerous conditions affecting the brain and central nervous system.


From epilepsy to MS to headaches, the center’s skilled team offers a variety of options to manage brain and nervous system conditions.


Comprehensive care for cancerous and non-cancerous brain and spine tumors of all types, sizes and locations.


Helping the whole person recover from disabling medical illness or injury, improving function and quality of life.

Pain management

A comprehensive approach for the evaluation and care of pain conditions in a supportive atmosphere.


The Brain and Spine Center offers a robust neuromodulation program. Neuromodulation involves special implants designed to act on nerve activity to improve a wide range of symptoms from chronic pain to restoring function.

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  • Clinical Trails and Research

    Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (BSWRI) maintains a comprehensive research portfolio designed to study and expand options for all aspects of stroke prevention and care. This work includes trials focused on improving quality of life and rehabilitation after stroke, as well as methods to prevent stroke, including early detection and extraction of blood clots and treating conditions that can lead to a stroke. There are trials currently underway at select Baylor Scott & White facilities throughout Texas.

Learn more about neuroscience
Advances in stroke care
Strokes are a leading cause of death and disability among Americans. James Tatum, MD, a neurointerventional radiologist specialist on staff, explains new advances in stroke care. Watch video about advances in stroke care
How stroke care is evolving
A neurointerventional radiology specialist describes the progress of stroke care. Read how stroke care is evolving to improve patient recovery
Do you have chronic neck pain?
Cervical spondylosis affects millions of Americans, particularly seniors. Jason Taub, MD, a neurosurgeon on the Brain and Spine Center staff, explains what it is, who is at risk and what the treatment options are. Watch segment on cervical spondylosis
What is sciatica?
J. Michael Desaloms, MD, a neurosurgeon on the Baylor Scott & White – Plano Brain and Spine Center staff, explains sciatica, a common leg pain condition and how it is treated.

Get answers from neurosurgeon about sciatica

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