About This Center
UT Health Austin’s Comprehensive Memory Center within the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences diagnoses and treats neurodegenerative conditions that impact memory, behavior, and other cognitive functions in adult patients (18 years and older). We put patients and their loved ones at the center of their care. Our goal is to help you and your care partners live your best lives by determining what is causing the changes you are experiencing and providing you with support and resources.
In 2021, the Comprehensive Memory Center was recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System-Committed to Care Excellence for its efforts to improve health care for older adults through the use of evidence-based interventions knowns as the "4Ms" (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility).
In 2018, the Comprehensive Memory Center was recognized as an Innovator in Aging by Health and Human Services for being the first neurology specialty dementia clinic designed to put patients’ health values first.
At UT Health Austin, we take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. This means you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines caring for you in one place to avoid having to schedule multiple appointments with providers at locations all over the city. The Comprehensive Memory Center care team includes neurologists, neuropsychologists, an advanced practice provider, a speech-language pathologist, clinical social workers, and more who work together to help you get back to the things in your life that matter most to you. We also collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to connect you with the latest research opportunities.
Our care team will provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan designed to meet your individualized needs. This will occur over several visits and may include a neurological exam, neuropsychological testing, lab work, brain imaging, cognitive-communication treatment, counseling, and education. We encourage our patients to bring a close family member or friend to their appointments.
The Comprehensive Memory Center is experiencing a large demand for services, and the wait for an initial appointment is 4-6 months. Once a referral is received, you will be contacted to see if you want to be placed on a waitlist. We are currently only accepting internal referrals from UT Health Austin physicians at this time.
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Once scheduled, the diagnostic process typically includes a minimum of two appointments, a diagnostic interview, and a feedback session. We strongly encourage a family member or someone who knows you well to attend both appointments.
At the diagnostic interview, we will listen to your concerns and ask questions about your physical and mental health and support system to get a better understanding of your personal goals and needs. We may also administer a cognitive screening test and conduct a neurological exam. Additional diagnostic testing, such as brain imaging, blood tests, and/or neuropsychological testing, will be ordered as needed. At the feedback visit, we will review your test results and provide a diagnosis and recommendations, which may include medication, changes to lifestyle, cognitive-communication therapy, and/or counseling.
Once your care has been stabilized, you will return to your primary care or referring physician for ongoing medical management Our cognitive-communication therapy and social work counseling services are available as needed. We recognize that as your disease progresses you may have questions and additional needs, and our team is available to consult with you and your family members. Patients and their families are encouraged to contact us with questions in between visits via the patient portal or nurse line at 1-833-UT-CARES (1-833-882-2737).
Self-scheduling is now available only for follow-up appointments for established patients. An established patient is an individual who has been seen previously by a Comprehensive Memory Center provider and has established a MyUTHA Portal account. Self-scheduling may be completed as early as 72 hours prior to the appointment date and time you wish to select, provided there is availability. To self-schedule your follow-up appointment with Comprehensive Memory Center, please select an available date and time under the "CMC" specialty through your portal, which can be accessed here. For detailed instructions on how to self-schedule your follow-up appointment, please visit here.
New patients should call the UT Health Austin Access Center at 1-833-UT-CARES (1-833-882-2737) to register and schedule an initial appointment, or you may REQUEST an appointment here. Please do not attempt to schedule your first appointment through self-scheduling as we may need additional information from you prior to your appointment date and time.
If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, severe abdominal pain, stroke symptoms, or loss of consciousness, please dial 9-1-1 or visit the nearest emergency room.
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