For patients with catastrophic injuries to the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves

traumatic brain injury

The Neurotrauma Center embraces the newest technologies and clinical therapies in order to maximize patients’ chances of returning to a fully functioning life.

Neurotrauma TBI Hotline

Symptoms of concussions and mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may include headaches, blurred vision, vomiting, dizziness or loss of consciousness. For education, resources, referrals, expert nursing advice and emotional support, call our Neurotrauma TBI Hotline at (513) 584-2804. For an emergency, always call 911.

Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

The Neurotrauma Center provides comprehensive injury management to any patient who has a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). We will coordinate your care with specialists in many fields, including vestibular therapists, optometrists, speech pathologists, neurologists and others.

Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

Patients with severe TBI are cared for in our 20-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, which features 24-hour care from a highly trained nursing and technical staff. The NSICU was expanded and upgraded to include state-of-the-art equipment in every patient room. The latest physiologic monitoring is available, including cerebral oxygenation, continuous EEG and minimally invasive cardiac output. The NSICU also houses its own portable CT scanner, allowing for on-demand imaging inside the unit while eliminating the risk of moving critically ill patients to another floor.

Our neurointensivists are experts in the relatively new specialty known as neurocritical care. Their role is to coordinate and manage the critical-care needs of patients admitted to the NSICU. Patients in the NSICU typically have experienced a significant neurological event, such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury, and most have undergone neurosurgery. Because families are seldom prepared for the crisis that brings a loved one to the NSICU, they too require support and information. Neurointensivists work in the unit full-time, caring for patients, meeting with families, and overseeing research that could lead to better patient outcomes.

The Neurotrauma Center is served by UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care, a helicopter transport system that is nationally recognized for excellence in emergency trauma care.

Rehabilitation Care

Our expert physical medicine and rehabilitation team both manages inpatient rehabilitation care and coordinates outpatient follow-up care to ensure continuum of care after discharge. We work collaboratively with Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, the area’s leading long-term rehabilitation facility.

Offering Hope Through Clinical Trials 

The Neurotrauma Center is dedicated to improving outcomes for our patients through new therapies. Patients who come to us may have the opportunity to enroll in a clinical trial that is exploring a promising new medication or therapy designed to maximize recovery or minimize damage to the brain or spinal cord following traumatic injury.

Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Air care emergency transport
  • Emergency medicine specialists
  • ENT/Head and neck surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Trauma surgeons
  • Full-time neurointensivists
  • Neurologists
  • Elite nursing and technical staff
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists
  • Physical therapists and occupational therapists
  • Vestibular therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Speech language pathologists
  • Expert and compassionate social workers


  • Print This Page
  • Make an Appointment: Schedule Now
  • UCNI Weekly Blog
  • Hope Stories

    • Courtney’s Story: Traumatic Spine Injury

      Courtney's Story: Traumatic Spine Injury Courtney is positive that she was wearing her seatbelt. Perhaps that is why her head and neck – thankfully -- were fine. Perhaps that is also why her midsection was so violently impacted, as the force of the rollover twisted...
    • Adam’s Story: Post-accident Recovery

      Adam’s Story: Post-accident RecoveryAdam and two friends were tooling down the freeway on their motorcycles one fine Sunday in October when the accident occurred. Adam, who liked to feel the breeze on his shaved head, was not wearing a helmet. Changing lanes, he...
    • Patrick’s Story: Christmas in July

      Patrick's Story: Christmas in July Patrick Callihan of Springboro has always been an aviation enthusiast. Ever since he was a kid, he has been fascinated with flight. That’s why it is such a disappointment, joked Callihan, that he doesn’t remember his helicopter ride to University...
    • Laura’s Story: Traumatic Spine Injury

      Laura’s Story: Traumatic Spine Injury What began as a shortcut became, for Laura Brunner, a monumental detour. Laura, a prominent Cincinnati business executive, was enjoying a mountain hike in Montana with fellow trustees from the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts when the group decided...
    • Alison’s Story: Ruptured Aneurysm following Neurotrauma

      Alison's Story: Ruptured Aneurysm following Neurotrauma Step by hard-earned step, word by remembered word, Dr. Alison Delgado has recovered from a bicycle accident that nearly robbed her of her life. Dr. Delgado, who suffered serious physical and neurological injuries in the 2010 accident, is today a...