Marcus Neuroscience Institute
Welcome to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, an innovative nexus for neurologic and neurosurgical care. This new 56,000-square-foot facility houses a 22-bed Neuro Intensive Care and Step-Down unit, four dedicated operating rooms — two of which are equipped with intraoperative MRI and CT scanners for optimal accuracy — and a biplane angiography suite, a crucial component in the diagnosis and care of neurological conditions.
The Institute was created out of a lead $25 million grant from the Marcus Foundation and was initiated by Bernie Marcus, former CEO of The Home Depot, and his wife, Billi. It’s led by acclaimed neurosurgeon and prolific researcher Robert Levy, MD, PhD, who most recently served as Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville and Co-Director of the Shands-Jacksonville Neuroscience Institute. Prior to joining the University of Florida, Dr. Levy served for 24 years at Northwestern University Medical School, where he was a tenured professor in three disciplines, Chief of the Section of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Director of the school’s Gamma Knife Center.
Dr. Levy heads a team of clinicians highly trained in all facets of the neurosciences, including stroke, movement disorders, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, memory disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. The medical staff also includes neurointensivists, physicians who are specifically trained in neurocritical care. Along with having extensive knowledge about treating neurological injuries, neurointensivists assume responsibility for other areas of care in the ICU that may have otherwise been provided by specialists. This includes cardiology, endocrinology, infectious disease and pulmonary medicine.
Each patient room at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is private and equipped with special monitoring capabilities that provide vital information on both a patient’s neurological and cardiovascular functions. Rooms also feature an abundance of natural lighting and an antechamber where family members can stay during the patient’s hospitalization, as both of these factors have been shown to positively influence recovery in neurological conditions.
Patients also benefit from the Institute’s synergistic relationship with Boca Regional’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute (LCI), offering patients with neurologic malignancies the most advanced radiation and medical oncology therapies available in LCI’s renowned and award-winning facility. The combination of LCI and the Marcus Neuroscience Institute makes for a tandem of facilities, programs and services that is among the finest in the nation.
The creation of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute represents a watershed moment in the advancement of the neurosciences in Florida and beyond.