Programs & Specialties

At the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute, patients with neurological disorders are cared for by teams of expert clinicians and specialty board-certified physicians, highly trained nurses, specialty registered technicians, experienced therapists and compassionate support staff.

Find a Neuro Physician

Patients from outside the United States who are searching for a physician may contact Holy Cross Hospital International Services for assistance.

To Find a Neuro Physician, call 1-866-4HC-DOCS or complete the form below.

Gustavo Alameda, MD
Dr. Alameda
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Dr. Arias Garau
Interventional Spine and Pain Medicine, Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Jahangir "John" Asghar, MD
Dr. Asghar
Orthopedics, Spine Surgery
Carlos Azaret, MD
Dr. Azaret
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Dr. Carrasquillo
Abraham Chamely, MD
Dr. Chamely
Dr. De Jesus Santiago
Radiology_Diagnostic Radiology
Ali Jourabchi Ghods, MD
Dr. Ghods
Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery
Catalina Ionita, MD
Dr. Ionita
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Dr. Jones
Radiology_Diagnostic Radiology
Richard Kishner, MD
Dr. Kishner
Martin Lesser, MD
Dr. Lesser
Eduardo R. Locatelli, MD, MPH
Dr. Locatelli
Ricardo L. Matos, MD
Dr. Matos
Orthopedics, Spine Surgery
Laszlo Miskolczi, MD
Dr. Miskolczi
Neuro Interventional Radiology, Radiology_Neuro Interventional Radiology
Frank Sorhage, MD
Dr. Sorhage
Critical Care, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Sheryl Strasser, MD
Dr. Strasser
Carolina G. Valdes, MD
Dr. Valdes
Victor Velez, MD
Dr. Velez
Douglas M. Whitmore, MD, PhD, FACP
Dr. Whitmore
Critical Care, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Paul W. Wu, MD
Dr. Wu
Interventional Spine and Pain Medicine, Pain Management


Non-profit Holy Cross Hospital continues its tradition of offering exceptional, comprehensive, compassionate care through the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute, which provides the latest and greatest in technology in the best service of patients. Patients with neurological disorders are cared for by teams of expert clinicians and specialty board-certified physicians, highly trained and skilled nurses, specialty-registered technicians, experienced therapists and ancillary support staff.

Comprehensive care

The Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute brings together a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to improving patient care in the areas of ALS, neurology, neurosurgery, comprehensive stroke care, neuro interventional radiology, epilepsy monitoring, sleep medicine, interventional spine, pain management and more. Browse through our Programs & Specialties on the left menu for more detailed information.

Nationally Recognized

The Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute continues its dedication to excellent care. Once again, we received national awards for our Epilepsy and Stroke care. For more than five consecutive years, our Comprehensive Stroke Center was recognized by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association with its Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for compliance with specific quality and achievement measures outlined by the AHA / ASA for the treatment of stroke patients. In addition, our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit was again recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a level 3 epilepsy center. Level 3 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

The latest in technology

Holy Cross now offers cutting-edge technology including state-of-the-art neuro-imaging. As one of the select few Florida hospitals with the 3 Tesla MRI, our medical team can see abnormalities that go undetected by less sophisticated scanners.  We can obtain contrast images without injecting contrast agents. This advanced technology also allows us to see direct activation of brain areas, enabling us to make precise diagnoses in the areas of stroke, tumors, epilepsy and spine disorders.

Our 256-slice CT scanner allows us to perform a brain study in 0.04 seconds, further minimizing patient exposure to radiation. We can now obtain 3D images including “heart-to-brain” vascularization images. In combination with our latest 3D angiogram scanner, this technology further enhances our neuro-interventional management of acute stroke, aneurisms and vascular malformations.

Minimally invasive, image-guided spine surgery - the safest and most precise technique for doctors performing this type of surgery - is made possibly by our O-Arm with Stealth Station. Using sophisticated imaging tools such as a StealthStation and a special O-arm scanner that produces images all around your body, the doctor is able to produce a virtual image of the spine that shows screw placement and trajectory as (s)he operates. The Medtronic Cranial Stealth Navigation Systemallows the surgeon to use image-guidance technology to produce the best visualization during your cranial surgery. The 3D images produced by the system displays the most precise location of surgical insturments and structures in the brain.

Another bonus of our technology: patients with illnesses that include involuntary movements get better imaging because the scanner takes images rapidly and thoroughly. 

International Services

At Holy Cross, we have broken down geographic barriers to top quality healthcare. If you are an international patient and would like more information about our services, please contact our International Services department or visit us online at


Gold Seal
Holy Cross is one of 10 in the U.S. with designation; only hospital in North Broward Holy Cross Hospital is proud to announce it is one of the first hospitals in South Florida to receive distinction as a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC), a new certification program from The Joint Commission.  This certification program was
Best Hospital for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report.
The Fort Lauderdale hospital ranked high-performing in five areas of care, tied for 3rd in South Florida and 13th in the state  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Holy Cross Hospital has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report.The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 29th year, are designed to assist
US News best hospital in South Florida 2017-2018
Holy Cross Also Named High Performing in Eight Common Adult Procedures and Conditions FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – August 8, 2017 – Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale has been recognized in the top three of 64 hospitals for 2017-18 in the Miami metro area and has tied for 10th in the state in U.S. News and World Report's annual Best Hospital

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