What is a neurologist?

Neurologists are physicians who diagnose and treat disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. They also evaluate patients with muscle diseases. Many neurologists focus on specific conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or stroke. Pediatric neurologists specialize in neurological disorders affecting infants and children. A neurologist does not perform surgery, but works closely with your primary care doctor and a surgeon, if needed, to guide you through your treatment. If you've experienced any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor:

  • Unexplained headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent back and neck pain
  • Memory loss
  • Seizures
  • Muscle weakness, numbness or tingling

What neurologists treat

Our neurologists at Providence Medical Group-Medford Neurology treat the following conditions and diseases, among others:

  • Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumors and disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Headache
  • Head, neck and muscle pain
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Children's neurological disorders
  • Peripheral nerve disorders
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease)

What to expect when you see a neurologist

Your neurologist will perform a neurological assessment, which may include a physical exam to test whether your symptoms are related to a brain or nerve disorder. A typical physical exam will look at your behavioral or mental status; head and neck; cranial nerves; motor function; reflexes; coordination and gait; and sensory function. As needed, your neurologist will recommend further testing, such as a CT scan or MRI scan, to confirm a diagnosis.

Our philosophy of care

Providence Medical Group-Medford Neurology has the most comprehensive team of neurologists serving southern Oregon. Our physicians are committed to open communication with you, your referring physician and other specialists who may be involved in your healthcare. We understand the importance of compassionate, coordinated care and always strive to work as a team in your best interest.

About the physicians:

Kevin J. Sullivan, M.D., F.A.A.N.

Dr. Sullivan graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor of Science degree in June 1963. He received his medical degree at the University of Oregon Medical School in June 1967.

He served as a rotating intern at San Bernardino County General Hospital from June 1967 through June 1968, followed by a residency in neurology at the University of Colorado Medical Center from July 1968 through June 1971.

Following completion of his residency, Dr. Sullivan served in the United States Army as a staff neurologist and assistant chief of neurology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. During this time, he held a faculty appointment at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine as the clinical assistant professor of medicine. After his honorable discharge from the service in September 1974, he returned to Oregon.

In June 1996 he was acknowledged by his peers and awarded fellowship in the American Academy of Neurology. He is a member of several professional societies including the American Geriatric Society and the Movement Disorder Society. He served as a consultant in neurology for the Veterans Administration as well as the Social Security Administration. For many years he was the director of the Southern Oregon Muscular Dystrophy Clinic. Dr. Sullivan is board-certified in neurology.

Dr. Sullivan’s clinical interests are neurological disorders including epilepsy, migraine, and dementia, with special interest in the treatment of movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, with deep brain stimulation.

Walter G. Carlini, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Carlini graduated from Harvard University in 1980. He earned his Ph.D. in neurosciences in June 1986, and his medical degree in June 1988, both from Stanford University. Dr. Carlini completed his medical internship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and then returned to Stanford University School of Medicine for his residency in neurology, followed by a fellowship in clinical electrophysiology.

Dr. Carlini has expertise in clinical neurophysiology and in the use of botulinum toxin injections to treat a variety of neurologic disorders. He is actively involved in clinical research studies and has served as a principal investigator in over 60 phase I-III clinical trials spanning a wide range of neurologic disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, migraine and headache, and neuropathies.

Dr. Carlini is the medical director of the Carl Brophy Stroke Center at Providence. He is board-certified in neurology, and his clinical interests include stroke, epilepsy, migraine, dementia, movement disorders and multiple sclerosis.

Michael S. Narus, D.O.

Dr. Narus is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Missouri. He completed both a neurology and pediatric residency at St. Louis University and a pediatric neurology fellowship at Milwaukee Children's Hospital.

Dr. Narus is board-certified in neurology, with special competence in child neurology. He holds a position as a clinical professor of pediatric neurology at Oregon Health & Science University and is on the staff at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital one week per month.

Dr. Narus’ clinical interests include neonatal and pediatric neurology.