About the Autumn Klein Women's Neurology Program

The Women's Neurology program at Brigham and Women's Hospital is a unique interdisciplinary and interdivisional neurology program that brings together neurologists, neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons who have clinical and research interests in women's health and neurology.

Our focus is on gender differences in medical evaluation, diagnosis, implementation of treatment and care. We consider how hormonal and reproductive changes throughout a woman's lifespan, including pregnancy and menopause, as well as use of oral contraceptives and assisted reproduction, impact neurological health and disease.

The Women's Neurology program was developed under the direction of Dr. Paula Johnson, former Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology, and Dr. Martin Samuels, Chief of the Department of Neurology, to meet the unique health care needs of women suffering from neurological disease.

Under the leadership of its current Director, Dr. M. Angela O'Neal, the program has been established to raise awareness of issues specific to women with neurological disease, to build a clinical resource and referral base for patients and other physicians and to build research collaborations that examine gender differences in neurological disease.

Our Goals are to:

  1. offer a clinical program addressing women's health in neurology, where patients can find specialized, trained faculty for clinical evaluation.
  2. identify research clinicals who investigate neurological diseases specific to woman and how gender-specific issues impact neurological disease.
  3. provide resources and educational information for patients and to her physicians on topics specific to women experiencing neurological illnesses.

Our Specialties

Our Team

Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology




Movement Disorders

Multiple Sclerosis







Our program is the first of its kind in the United States, if not in the world, looking at gender-specific issues in neurology. This innovative, comprehensive program provides exceptional neurological care for women and evaluates patients as individuals. We are committed to improving the neurological health of women through excellence in clinical care, research and patient and provider education.

To schedule an appointment with any of our physicians, please call: 617-732-7432.

The Women's Neurology department offers two OB clinics. On Tuesday afternoons the clinic is focused on neurological problems in pregnant women who have epilepsy. The second clinic, on Thursday mornings, is for neurological problems associated with pregnancy. The clinic is located in the Connor's Center for Women to schedule an appointment please call: 617-732-4208.


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