Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute

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recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top hospitals for neurological care and rehabilitation

Nationally Ranked in Rehabilitation and Neurological Care

UT Southwestern Medical Center is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals for rehabilitation (#15) and neurology & neurosurgery (#18).

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Breakthroughs Happening Here

The Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute brings together transformative research and patient-centered care to improve the lives of patients today and those of generations to come.

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About Us: Our Minds in Service of Yours

The Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute aims to advance our understanding of brain diseases and injury. Our ultimate goal: improve treatment options and discover ways to prevent such illnesses. 

Unfortunately, phrases like “there is no cure” are heard all too often by those who have brain diseases and disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s and aggressive brain tumors to traumatic brain injuries. At the O’Donnell Brain Institute, we provide advanced diagnostic capabilities and treatment options for the full spectrum of brain, spine, muscle, nerve, and psychiatric disorders.

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Specialty Care and Programs

We offer more than 200 areas of specialty care including:


Locations throughout DFW

Because of the expanse of our clinical programs, our clinicians see patients at a variety of locations, such as UT Southwestern’s main campus, the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Richardson/Plano, and the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Park Cities.

Our clinicians also provide care to patients at UT Southwestern’s William P. Clements Jr. University HospitalParkland Health & Hospital System, the Dallas VA Medical Center, and Children’s Health, as well as other partner facilities.


Inpatient Care

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital serves as the cornerstone of inpatient care for patients of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. It is among the world’s premier neurological diagnostic and treatment centers – serving as a major referral hospital for North Texas and the southwestern United States.

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital offers:

Providers: Multidisciplinary Expertise

Building on the innovations developed through our groundbreaking research, our exceptional clinicians quickly translate discoveries to care so we can improve patients’ lives today.


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Meet Our Director

William T. Dauer, M.D., is the first director of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. An acclaimed physician investigator in dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, Dr. Dauer is focused on developing the O’Donnell Brain Institute into the leading center for brain diseases and illnesses.

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I can think of no one whose family or friends have not been touched in one way or another by brain-related illness. The goal of the Brain Institute is to find the causes and treatment of brain and spine diseases, and the means of preventing them. UT Southwestern is uniquely positioned to meet these challenges because of our remarkably talented researchers and clinicians."

Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D.
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Research: In Pursuit of the Next Brain Science Breakthrough

Neuroscience is entering a new era of innovation – where fundamental discoveries can transform basic and translational research. Ultimately, these discoveries will expand the potential to treat and prevent brain, spine, nerve, and muscle disorders.


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Education & Training: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

One of the key missions of the O'Donnell Brain Institute is to educate the next generation of clinicians and researchers in the neurosciences. Our faculty train residents and fellows in a wide range of specialties focused on the treatment of brain disorders and research into better treatments and preventions.


Conditions and Treatments

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