Department of Neurology

Head of the Department: Keisuke Suzuki, MD, PhD

Message from the Head of the Department

     Welcome to the homepage of the Department of Neurology, Dokkyo Medical University. We provide treatment for a wide range of diseases, from common diseases such as migraine, epilepsy and cerebrovascular diseases to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, neuromuscular diseases, neuroimmune diseases and central nervous system infections. As for acute ischemic stroke, which is the most common cause of emergency hospitalization, we provide thrombolytic therapy and endovascular treatment in cooperation with the Stroke Center and the Department of Neurosurgery. In addition, in cooperation with the Sleep Medicine Center, we diagnose and treat sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) using polysomnography and multiple sleep latency testing. In particular, RBD is attracting attention as a precursor to alpha-synucleinopathies such as Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and multiple system atrophy; and polysomnography is necessary for its definitive diagnosis.
      We are making efforts in research and daily practice to contribute to the improvement of patients' QOL. We would like to provide a flexible workplace where everyone can enjoy learning and working together.
      If you are interested in our department, please feel free to contact us.


1. Clinical

  • Cerebrovascular disease
    Cerebral infarction, transient ischemic attack, intracerebral hemorrhage, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.
  • Neuroinfectious disease
    Encephalitis, meningitis, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
  • Demyelinating and inflammatory diseases
    Multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, acute diffuse encephalomyelitis
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
    Parkinson's disease, spinocerebellar degeneration, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington's disease.
  • Dementia disorders
    Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia.
  • Metabolic diseases
    Wilson's disease, glycogen storage disease.
  • Functional disorders
    Headache disorders, epilepsy.
  • Spinal cord diseases
    Transverse myelitis, Spinal vascular disease, Cervical osteoarthritis, etc.
  • Peripheral neuropathy
    Guillain-Barré syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuritis, polyneuritis.
  • Muscle / neuromuscular junction diseases
    Muscular dystrophy, inclusion body myositis, polymyositis/dermatomyositis, myasthenia gravis, periodic paralysis.
  • Sleep disorders
    Sleep apnea syndrome, narcolepsy, REM sleep behavior disorder, restless legs syndrome.
  • Others
    Facial nerve palsy, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, essential tremor, mitochondrial disease, etc.

2. Research

  • Parkinson's disease-related diseases
    Clinical research on Parkinson's disease-related diseases such as Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy using MRI and nuclear medicine imaging.
  • Neuroimmune disorders
    Research on the etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of Guillain-Barré syndrome, Fisher syndrome, and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.
    Clinical research using nerve conduction study and electromyography.
  • Sleep medicine
    Our facility plays a role as the largest center for sleep medicine in the northern Kanto area.
    Clinical research on the etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of sleep disorders (mainly sleep apnea syndrome and REM sleep behavior disorder).
    Clinical research on sleep disorders in various neurological diseases such as cerebrovascular disorders, degenerative diseases, Parkinson's disease, and headaches.
  • Headache disorders
    Clinical research on migraine, tension-type headache and trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias.
  • Stroke
    Clinical research using carotid ultrasonography, MRI and SPECT.

3. Education

School of Medicine:

1st year Early experience of clinical practice
2nd year Lectures on Neurology
3rd year Lectures on Neurology
4th year Lectures on Neurology (symptomatology)
5th year Clinical Clerkship in Neurology
6th year Advanced Clinical Clerkship in Neurology

Research Field

Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders
Sleep medicine
Headache disorders
Neuromuscular disorders
Peripheral neuropathy

Academic Society Activities

Japanese Society of Internal Medicine
Japanese Society of Neurology
Japanese Society of Sleep Research
Movement Disorder Society of Japan
Japanese Society of Stroke
Japanese Society of Headache
Japan Society of Neurovegetative Research
Japan Academy of Neurosonology
American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Movement Disorder Society


Professor Keisuke Suzuki, MD, PhD
Professor Norito Kokubun, MD, PhD
Professor Hidehiro Takekawa, MD, PhD
Professor Masayuki Miyamoto, MD, PhD
Associate Professor Kei Funakoshi, MD, PhD
Associate Professor Eisei Hoshiyama, MD, PhD
Senior Assistant Professor Hiroaki Fujita, MD, PhD
Senior Assistant Professor Yuji Watanabe, MD, PhD
Senior Assistant Professor Madoka Okamura, MD, PhD
Senior Assistant Professor Takahito Nishihira, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Izumi Mori, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Fumio Inoue, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Atsuko Ebata, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Shiho Suzuki, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Momoka Okabe, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Masatsugu Takano, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Arata Nakamura, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Ryuta Okabe, MD
Assistant Professor Yuko Ishii, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Tomoko Komagamine, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Ayaka Numao, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Hiroki Onuma MD
Assistant Professor Ayano Suzuki, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Mika Takayanagi, MD
Assistant Professor Tomohiko Shiina, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Junichi Horie, MD
Assistant Professor Reika Aoki, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Haruki Igarashi, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Kentaro Iiduka, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Hirotaka Sakuramoto, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Saro Kobayashi, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Narihiro Nozawa, MD
Assistant Professor Mai Hamaguchi, MD
Assistant Professor Daisuke Tsukui, MD
Assistant Professor Keitaro Ogaki, MD
Resident Mukuto Shioda, MD
Resident Shun Tsuboyama, MD
Resident Tomohiro Tsuchiya, MD
Resident Kensho Matsubayashi, MD
Resident Shinsuke Omata, MD
Resident Kazushi Kato, MD
Resident Mayuka Takahashi, MD

Characteristics of the section

     Our department provides advanced medical care for a wide range of neurological diseases, including stroke, Parkinson's disease, headache disorders, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, encephalitis, meningitis, motor neuron disease, demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica, myositis, myasthenia gravis and muscular dystrophy, peripheral neuropathy, and neurological disorders associated with various medical diseases.