Your Visit to the Wisconsin Chiari Center

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Getting To The Wisconsin Chiari Center

The Wisconsin Chiari Center is centrally located, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our location is only a few hours from Chicago, Minneapolis and Dubuque, Iowa and is just a twenty-minute drive from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport. The Wisconsin Chiari Center has secured special rates at several hotels in the area, and, in addition to car rentals, taxi service is available throughout the Milwaukee area. For more information on airlines, rental car service, taxi service, and local hotels click on the link below:

Milwaukee Area Information

For out-of-town patients, all testing and consultation takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday of each week. Your first appointment at The Wisconsin Chiari Center will take place the Tuesday morning of your visit, so it is recommended that you arrive in Milwaukee the Monday evening before your appointment, at the latest. Your visit to The Wisconsin Chiari Center will conclude on the Wednesday afternoon of your visit, so you have the option of returning home either Wednesday night or any time on Thursday. 

At The Wisconsin Chiari Center

The Wisconsin Chiari Center is located within Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee. Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee is located at 2301 N. Lake Drive in Milwaukee, just north of downtown. Parking is available for patients adjacent  to Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee. The parking structure is located on N. Prospect Avenue, with access from N. Lake Dr. Again, taxi service is available. Please click here for a map of our location.

Your visit to The Wisconsin Chiari Center will include 1 ½ days of diagnostic testing. Although the testing is comprehensive, it will allow us to recommend the best possible treatment plan for your specific case. 

Prior to your visit, our administrative assistant will email you with an itinerary for your visit along with some forms for you to print and complete. She will be available to assist you with the check-in process and answer any questions you may have. She will be available to assist you throughout your visit.

After you have checked in, you will have various testing which may include; blood work, extensive neurodiagnostic tests and comprehensive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). For more information on this testing, please click here.

Once your testing is completed, you will have a one-on-one consultation with one of our four neurologists. This will be followed by a second consultation with Dr. Dan Heffez, neurosurgeon and medical director of The Wisconsin Chiari Center. During your consultations with our physicians, your test results will be reviewed and a specific course of treatment will be recommended for your particular case. 

Treatment for Your Chiari Malformation

Our physicians will recommend either a surgical non-surgical treatment plan. There is also a possibility that further testing and consultation will be necessary.

If a surgical treatment plan is recommended, we will work with you to schedule a date for your surgery.

For more information on treatments offered at The Wisconsin Chiari Center, please click here.

Patients of The Wisconsin Chiari Center Living in the Milwaukee Area

Because of your proximity to The Wisconsin Chiari Center, your scheduling options are much more flexible. Like our out-of-town patients, please complete and mail your Patient Information Questionnaire along with your imaging study. We will work to create a schedule that is as convenient as possible for you.



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