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Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center (CNADC)
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Preparing for Your Appointment

Our staff will be happy to help you schedule an appointment. Please call 312-695-9627 between the hours of 9am - 3pm.

At the time of scheduling your initial appointment, you will be asked to obtain all pertinent previous medical records for the patient before the appointment date. Once the appointment is scheduled, we will send out a patient information packet to provide you with more information about what to expect as well as other information as to what the patient should bring to the appointment. We will need a referral from the patient’s primary care physician or neurologist to see a specialist in our clinic. The referral letter should describe why you are being referred and a synopsis of your condition.

Six Steps to Prepare

  1. Please complete the Patient History Questionnaire (PDF)

  2. Obtain Referral and Previous Medical Records
    Due to the HIPAA laws, many medical offices and facilities require a written request before they will release a patient's medical history. You may use the following medical release to send to physicians or facilities that have your pertinent records.

    Records should include the following:

    • Medical Notes from neurologists, psychiatrists or family physicians
    • Previous neuropsychological testing reports
    • Laboratory reports such as:
    • EEG
    • Blood tests
    • Sleep study
    • MRI on CD of the brain
    • CT on CD of the brain
    • PET on CD of the brain
    • SPECT on CD of the brain
    • Current list of all medications including vitamins or aspirin

    All records and films can be mailed to:
    Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic
    ATTN: Megan Atchu or Anthony Nowaske
    676 N. St. Clair, Suite #945
    Chicago, IL 60611

    If the records are 20 pages or less, they can be faxed to Megan Atchu at (312) 695-6072.

  3. Bring Insurance Information

    This can include ID cards and, if applicable, written authorization of referral from your HMO or PPO. Please remember that it is the patient's responsibility to verify coverage. If you have any questions regarding insurance coverage for this visit, contact your insurance company.

  4. Bring a Family Member or Friend|

    If possible, ask a family member or a close friend to join you for this appointment. Your physician requests this in order to obtain additional information concerning your symptoms that may aid in diagnosis

  5. If Applicable, Bring Eyeglasses and/or Hearing Aids

  6. Arrive Early!

    Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early to complete appointment related paper work. Allow extra time for traffic and parking! We are located in Downtown Chicago, and traffic delays are likely, especially during rush hours. Parking Locations

    On the Day of the Appointment

    "What should I expect from my first appointment?"

    Your physician, a specialist in brain behavior, will begin the appointment by discussing your current symptoms and health history with you and your family. Your physician will then perform an evaluation comprised of various neurological tests. Based on your previous health history and the results of your evaluation, your physician may recommend scheduling additional testing. This may include, but is not limited to, blood work, brain imaging, neuropsychological testing, and/or additional consultations or therapies. Please note, because disturbances in cognitive functioning can be caused by multiple factors, a diagnosis may not be available at your first visit.

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