515 Main Street, Olean, New York 14760
(716) 373-2600

Olean General Hospital

Neurology/Stroke center

The neurology office is located at the Mildred Milliman Outpatient Surgery Center, 500 Main St., Olean.

For appointments, call 716/375-6993.


Board certified neurologist Vaijayantee Belle, MD

Medical director, Stroke Center

Dr. Belle has experience in clinical neurosciences. She trained  as a neurosurgeon in India where she practiced for 10 years before making the transition to neurology training in the   United States. 

Dr. Belle has broad work experience in interdisciplinary neurology fields. She co-directed a stroke and neuro rehabilitation unit and was a surgical team leader for a movement disorder surgery unit and intraoperative neuro monitoring facility. Dr. Belle has also established a  neurosurgical unit, including a neuro ICU, which she directed  for five years.


Treatment of common neurological conditions

Dr. Belle diagnoses, treats and manages a range of neurological conditions including:

  • stroke and intracranial bleed
  • migraines and other headaches, craniofacial pain syndromes
  • epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • peripheral neuropathy/neuropathic pain
  • multiple sclerosis
  • brain and spinal cord disorders and traumatic injuries
  • infections and inflammations of the brain such as meningitis and encephalitis
  • brain disorders such as encephalopathy
  • Parkinson’s disease, tremors and abnormal movements
  • Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory problems
  • muscle diseases including muscular dystrophy and myasthenia gravis
  • other disorders of the nervous system that cause weakness or numbness


Dr. Belle also does small fiber neuropathy studies including small fiber biopsies, tilt table studies, chemo-denervation with botulism toxin (Botox®) for migraines, spasticity, dystonia, trigger point injections, nerve blocks for neuromuscular pain, neurocognitive studies for cognitive impairment, and dementia/Alzheimer's testing.


Stroke Center

In February 2019, OGH earned stroke center designation from the New York State Department of Health.

The OGH Stroke Center is directly linked to the only comprehensive stroke care center in Western New York, Kaleida Health's Gates Vascular Institute.

Because time is a critical factor in the treatment and recovery of strokes, this relationship allows enhanced consultation and diagnosis for patients at OGH from the region's leading neurologists and neurosurgeons.

When necessary, a prompt transfer to Gates Vascular Institute can be achieved in a seamless manner.


What does stroke center designation mean?

  • Care for stroke patients at OGH meets strict guidelines as prescribed by the NYS Department of Health
  • Your stroke care team at OGH has specialized training, including identification of the appropriate level of stroke care directed by neurologists and neurosurgeons
  • OGH follows precise treatment protocols, from EMS providers, to emergency department treatment, through patients’ entire stay, including discharge
  • When treating a stroke, minutes, even seconds, count
  • Becoming a designated stroke center is part of OGH’s overall effort to provide the safest and highest quality care possible





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