Panayiotis Varelas MD

Panayiotis N Varelas, MD

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Specialties: Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Services: Critical Care

Board Certification and Education

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Vascular Neurology


  • Athens Medical School, 1997
  • Athens Medical School, 1983

Residencies & Internships

  • Yale University, Neurology-Vascular, CT, 1998
  • Methodist University Hospital - Memphis, Transitional, TN, 1995
  • Eginition Hospital, Neurology, 1991
  • General Hospital G. Genl Matas, Psychiatry, 1988
  • Vostanion Hospital of Mitilini, Internal Medicine, 1986
  • General Air Forces Hospital 251, Anesthesiology, 1985


  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Neurology-Vascular, MD, 2000

About Me

Director of the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Wayne State University

Panayiotis N. Varelas, MD, PhD received his medical degree from the University of Athens Medical School and his PhD from the same University in the subject of Lead neurotoxicity. He was trained in Anesthesiology (16 months), completed Neurology residency in Athens and repeated Neurology residency at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. He then completed a Neuro-Critical Care Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

After completing his fellowship he directed the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at the Medical College of Wisconsin for five years and had an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery at MCW, before joining HFHS in 2005.

At Henry Ford he is the Chairman of the Organ Transplant Committee and a member of the Institutional Critical Care Committee and the Ethics Committee. He is a member of the Neurocritical Care Society, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society, among others. He is also member of several committees in the Neurocritical Care Society and the Society of Critical Care Medicine and participates in the Editorial Board of the official journal of the NCCS, Neurocritical Care.

In the Neuro-ICUs at Henry Ford Hospital and HF West Bloomfield Hospital, Dr Varelas manages the whole variety of patients admitted to these Units, which include:

Stroke (Ischemic, Hemorrhagic, Intracerebral hemorrhage, Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage)
Head and spine trauma
Brain tumors
Cerebral edema
Post-operative NS patients
Seizures and Status Epilepticus
CNS infections: encephalitis-meningitis-brain abscess
Myasthenia Gravis
Guillain-Barre syndrome

I have the daunting task, but also privilege, to manage very sick patients with neurological disorders. These patients are at risk for significant disability and require a very focused and experienced management in the complex environment of the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit.

My personal vision is to work with each patient and family to achieve the best possible outcome, always respecting the patient's wishes and needs and always providing that patient the quality of care and comfort I would want for my family and myself.

In the end, there is nothing that gives me a deeper satisfaction and fulfillment than seeing a previously very ill patient of mine return to visit our ICU weeks or months later alive and in good condition.


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Henry Ford Hospital
2799 W Grand Blvd
Neurosurgery - K-11
Detroit, MI 48202
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
6777 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

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