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Dr. Neil S Lava has the following 2 specialties
A psychiatrist is a doctor with specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
He or she can not only provide the counseling necessary to both diagnose and treat a patient, but can also prescribe medication when needed. In some cases, a psychiatrist will only provide the medication and the counseling will be provided by another healthcare specialist, like a certified counselor or psychologist.
Like other doctors, psychiatrists employ diagnostic tools like CT scans and MRI in order to observe the structure and function of a patient's brain.
Once a diagnosis is made, these specialists may use behavior or cognitive therapy in order to address the patient's condition, or a multitude of other types of therapy, in conjunction with or in place of medication.
A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These doctors do not perform surgery, but refer patients to neurological surgeons when they determine that surgical intervention is necessary.
Some of the conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
In addition to using diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scans, EEG and EMG, neurologists also employ neurological testing to gauge muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, sensation, memory, speech, and other cognitive abilities.
Dr. Neil S Lava has the following 26 expertise
- Spinal Cord Diseases
- Brain Injuries
- Nerve Conduction Studies
- Facial Nerve Pain (Trigeminal Neuralgia)
- Migraine Disorder
- Muscle Spasticity
- Bell's Palsy
- Spinal Injuries
- Migraine Disorders
- Back Pain
- Herniated Disc
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Muscle Inflammation (Myositis)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Spinal Stenosis
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Dr. Neil S Lava has 1 board certified specialty
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Dr. Neil S Lava is Board Certified in 1 specialty
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I work at Emory was went to see Dr Lava after my doctor referred me to him to rule out MS. He looked at his computer the whole time during the interview portion. He rushed through my exam so fast that I couldn't keep up with his commands then told me it was a normal exam. He said he didn't know why I was having so many issues but it wasn't MS. I started asking questions and he told me I needed to be patient! I've been suffering with symptoms for over 2 years and its affecting my daily life and job! I've tried everything and nothing is helping. My symptoms are multiplying and worsening. Clearly, if its not MS he doesn't know. He rushed too much and he doesn't have a good bedside manner. I've been a nurse for over 15 years. I'm so disappointed
I DROVE FOUR HOURS TO SEE DR. LAVA & I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO DISAPPOINTED IN A DOCTOR. HE ASKED ME ALOT OF QUESTIONS & TOLD ME I HAD MIGRANE HEADACHES. I HAVE HAD 2 MIGRANES IN MY LIFETIME & I AM 54 YRS OLD. WHEN HE GOT THROUGH ASKING MY QUESTIONS HE TOLD ME I NEEDED AN MRI & THEY WERE BOOKED SO I DROVE FOUR HOURS BACK HOME. HE WAS RUDE & ACTED LIKE I WAS CRAZY. I HAD TO MAKE ANOTHER APPT. FOR MRI SENT RESULTS TO DR. LAVA & HE GOT HIS NURSE TO CALL ME & TELL ME I HAD MIGRANES. HE MAY BE A GOOD DR FOR SOMEONE ELSE BUT HE WAS NOT FOR ME.
Before I met Dr. Lava, three neurologists "fired" me because my trigemenal neuralgia pain was beyond what they could handle. Dr. Lava knows and understands the pharmacology of drugs and how they work together so he was able to safely get me off a cocktail of drugs that had me dizzy and seeing double and onto a drug that has worked well for me for a number of years. I have referred two other TN friends to Dr. Lava and we all think he is wonderful! He is caring and always responds when I email him through Emory's secure messaging. I wish all of my doctors were as good, kind, and skilled as Dr. Lava.
Patients' Choice Award (2018)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
On-Time Doctor Award (2018)
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2018)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
Dr. Lava is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
45 Years Experience
University Of Medicine And Dentistry Of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Graduated in 1973
Albany Memorial Hospital
Dr. Neil S Lava accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- Anthem Blue Open Access POS Alternate Network
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS GA Blue Choice HMO
- BCBS GA Blue Choice PPO
- BCBS GA Blue Open Access POS
- BCBS GA BlueChoice Option POS
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry CoventryOne - GA
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Humana National POS
- Humana Preferred PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
Locations & DirectionsWINSHIP CANCER INSTITUTE OF EMORY UNIVERSITY, 1365 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA
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