Patient Testimonials


At Stony Brook University Hospital Neurosciences Institute, your comfort and recovery are our highest priorities. Our approach is collaborative, and our multidisciplinary team of specialists aims to work with you and your family during diagnosis, treatment, and beyond to support all aspects of your experience. Our care philosophy includes compassion and mutual understanding, where you and your family member(s) play an active role and are a partner with the healthcare team in your care.

Specifically, our model of Patient and Family Centered Care is founded on four core concepts. The first is that patients - and all people - should be treated with only the utmost respect and dignity. Second, it is the healthcare provider's responsibility to communicate and share complete and unbiased information with the patient and his or her family in supportive ways. Third, patients and families are encouraged to participate in their care and relevant decision-making at a level with which they are comfortable. Finally, the goal is healthy collaboration among patients, families, and providers regarding the appropriate treatment plan for you.

The integration of these concepts involves a long-term commitment to our patients and their families. Our model has its roots in many disciplines that states that health involves not only illness, but many other factors. We strongly believe in an atmosphere of shared decision-making and empowerment. This ensures that your voice will be heard, no matter your age, background, or stage of care.

We are embracing Patient and Family Centered Care throughout our organization. Some of the groups leading the way include:

  • Chaplaincy;
  • Patient and Guest Services;
  • Patient Navigators;
  • and Interpretive Services.


Hello Dr. Kowalska and Maureen,

I just wanted to reach out and thank you both for being so kind to my father and to me when I would contact you for help and guidance. We were all blown away by the level of care that the neurology team had provided him through the worst and most heatbreaking experience of our lives. He felt so comforted by your care specifically and appreciated your empathy and kind bedside manner as did I. I always felt like he was your only patient, and can't thank you enough for taking the time out of your busy days to make us feel that way. It's been a long 2 years, thank you for all of your patience and help. He passed Tuesday peacefully with his children by his side and I thank you so much for helping us to get him there comfortably.

Kindest regards, K.M. February 2016


Dear Dr. Guy Schwartz,

Your caring and compassionate treatment for my husband, Will, gave our family two additional years with him. I know the residual effect of the stroke added a new dimension to the treatment of Will's Parkinson's disease. The left sided paralysis/weakness, spastic left: hand, and seizures were difficult to treat.

To paraphrase Eleanor Roosevelt;

Many people will walk in and out of your life,

but only a few will leave footprints on your heart

You have left your footprints on our hearts for all you have done for Will. Please continue your good work with Parkinson’s disease, and I hope Will's case will help you in the treatment of other Parkinson’s disease patients.

Linda Condon, 2015