NPH Referring Physician Resources
The Henry Ford Multidisciplinary NPH Program provides coordinated care across specialties for optimal evaluation and treatment of patients suspected of having Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH).
Please take three to five minutes and fill out the screening tool and return to the NPH Clinic Nurse Coordinator via Fax: (248) 325-3095 or email. For questions, please call: (248) 325-0019.
The screening tool will be reviewed within 24-48 hours by one of our neurologists or neurosurgeons. Imaging will be reviewed by one of our board-certified neuroradiologists.
The evaluation can be conveniently scheduled for two consecutive days, with evaluation by one of our specialists and formal cognitive and GaitRite gait testing. If necessary, they may elect to see one of our physical therapists, occupational therapists, voice therapists, or swallowing experts.
The results of the evaluation will then be reviewed by our multidisciplinary team at the weekly NPH BOARD. You have the option of participating via telephone. Whether or not you participate, you will receive a letter with the recommendations. Good surgical candidates can be immediately scheduled for the operating room.
We provide all pre-operative, post-operative, and shunt programming care for your patients. Additionally, for centers who would like to perform their own shunt programming, we will provide support services.
If you have any questions about NPH or surgery (shunting or endoscopic third ventriculostomy) please feel free to email or call one of our experts at any time.
NPH BOARD is held every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
- Jason Schwalb, M.D., Neurosurgeon
Phone: (248) 661-6417
- Ellen Air, MD, Ph.D., Neurosurgeon
- Marina Novikova, D.O., Behavioral
- Ken Bouchard, Ph.D., Audiology
- NPH Clinic Nurse Coordinator
Phone: (248) 325-0019
We have also included a list of medications that should considered as potential contributors to problems with gait, cognition and micturition (Appendix A: Modified Beers List) and some clinical pearls we have developed for our evaluation of these patients that you may find useful.