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Meet Our Physicians
Our committed team of experts are dedicated to research, treatment and education for patients with neurological diseases and disorders.
John Rothrock, MD, Medical Director, Renown Institute for Neurosciences
John Rothrock, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed his internship and residency training in neurology at the University of Arizona. In 1983, he joined the neurosciences faculty at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he established and directed the UCSD Stroke Center and the UCSD Headache Center. During that time, he was instrumental in developing new therapies for stroke and headache. In 1994, he left UCSD to serve as Chair of Neurology and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of South Alabama before moving to Birmingham in 2006 to serve as Professor, Vice Chair and Medical Director of Neurology at the University of Alabama.
For the past 12 years, Dr. Rothrock has been cited in America's Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America. He was cited in Men's Health magazine as one of the Top 20 Neurologists in America in 2007, and he received the same designation in Women's Health in 2008.
Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, Director, Stroke Center at Renown Institute for Neurosciences
J. Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, attended medical school at LaSalle University School of Medicine. He attended a pediatric residency at University of South Alabama and completed a Neurology Residency Program at the same university. Dr. Lopez is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He has the distinction of being certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology and also in Vascular Neurology. He is also certified by the United Council in Neurologic Specialties in Headache Medicine.
Dr. Lopez has completed extensive research projects in neurology with a strong focus in the treatment of stroke. He is a new member of the Renown medical staff and serves as the medical director for the Renown Regional Joint Commission Accredited Stroke Center.
Adel A. Aziz, MD
Dr. Aziz received his medical degree from University of Tripoli in Tripoli, Libya and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. He completed an additional residency in Neurology at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in Cleveland, OH.
Dr. Aziz offers expertise in neurology and internal medicine. He is board certified in both. His areas of interest include complex neurological conditions, where medical conditions overlap with neurological disease.
Jonathan Spivack, MD
Jonathan Spivack, MD received his medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA and completed his residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. Dr. Spivack specializes in general neurology with a special interest in headaches. He is certified by the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Barbara Swartz, MD
Dr. Swartz, is an Epileptologist — specializing in the treatment of epilepsy in adults and children. She's board certified, specializing in Neurology with expertise in several areas. Dr. Swartz is highly experienced and has won a number of awards, including Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area™ 2012 and Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™ 2012. She graduated from University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Swartz is a published author, having articles in peer reviewed journals.
Melissa Bloch, MD
Melissa Bloch, MD specializes epilepsy, headaches, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative disorders and developmental disorders. She is board-certified in neurology and an assistant professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Bloch received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Neurology at Cornell University Medical Center at New York and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Neurology). Her passion for treating people with epilepsy came from her fellowship studies at Cornell University Medical Center.
In addition to the Renown Institute for Neurosciences team of professionals, there are several community specialists working in the fields of neurosurgery, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and interventional neurology.
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