The Sports Neurology Center is based at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore within The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute (BSI).
The BSI is nationally recognized as a leader in patient care, teaching, research, advocacy, and community support. Under its umbrella, neurologists; neurosurgeons; orthopedic spine surgeons; neuropsychologists; health psychologists; physiatrists; and physical, occupational, and speech-language therapists collaborate. The BSI has twice been ranked by US News and World Report among the top 50 hospitals in the fields of Neurology and Neurosurgery; its Primary Stroke Center has earned the Sustained Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and has been listed on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite in the AHA/SA Get With The Guidelines program multiple times. In addition to being the only non-university hospital in Maryland to offer the services of neurointerventional radiology (endovascular neurosurgery) and neurocritical care, the BSI has the largest neurology group in the Greater Baltimore community and the largest team of clinicians of any health system in Maryland who are certified by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). The BSI combines medical expertise, advanced technology, state-of-the-art facilities, and research efforts toward providing innovative, integrated, interdisciplinary care for treatment of neurologic diseases and disorders.
The Sports Neurology Center is unique in the field because Sinai’s specially trained and certified healthcare professionals, state-of-the-art facilities, and dedicated support staffs are committed to treating those with sports-related neurology injuries from initial diagnosis to their return to the classroom, workplace, and playing field. Student–athletes from all levels―elementary school, high school, and college―and professional athletes at local, regional, and national levels, among others, regularly receive care at the Center.
The team at the Sports Neurology Center is led by Kevin E. Crutchfield, who serves as an independent neurologist for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, MLB's Baltimore Orioles, and MLS's DC United. He is a vascular neurologist with expertise in cranial blood flow and transcranial-Doppler sonology. Board certified in psychiatry and neurology, Dr. Crutchfield interned at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, and completed a residency in neurology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was a senior staff fellow in metabolic neurology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and trained in transcranial-Doppler sonology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He holds a faculty appointment at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and remains an active researcher and consultant to the US military regarding the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries.
The team includes neurologists; physician assistants; neurology-trained nurse practitioners; neuropsychologists; a health psychologist; physiatrists; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; and case managers―all of whom collaborate to provide a truly integrated and interdisciplinary team approach to patient care. They treat patients’ acute needs and manage all services that are required for patients’ successful integration back into the community.