Sami Al Kasab, MD, graduated from Kalamoon School of Medicine in Syria. He did his neurology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, and will be joining the University of Iowa to complete his training in vascular and interventional neurology. His primary research interest is acute stroke treatment with a focus on improvement systems of care and increased access to stroke experts, especially in rural areas, through establishing telestroke programs and primary stroke centers. Additional areas of interest include improving door-to-needle times over telestroke, and investigating the rule of ischemic conditioning in patients receiving mechanical thrombectomy.
Mohammad Anadani, MD, graduated from Aleppo University School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Case Western Reserve University hospital before joining the Medical University of South Carolina neurology program, where he is currently a PGY 3 resident. He will be joining the Washington University School of Medicine as a neurocritical care fellow after completion of residency. His primary research interest is acute stroke treatment, with a focus on improving the outcome of stroke patients post mechanical thrombectomy.
Rohan Arora, MD, graduated from Kasturba Medical College in Karnataka, India. He completed his Neurology residency at Drexel University College of Medicine and his Vascular Neurology fellowship at the NIH/NINDS Stroke Program. Dr. Arora is director of Stroke fellowship at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in New York. He is actively involved in increasing stroke awareness in community and also serves as medical director of the Stroke program at LIJ Forest Hills, a part of Northwell Health. His areas of research interest focus on stroke in the very elderly, stroke in the young, and EMS pre-hospital notification for stroke. Dr. Arora is leading EMS prehospital notification for Northwell Health through his college student stroke research program. During his free time, he does dance performances and acting.
Hatim Attar, MD, completed medical school at K.J Somaiya Medical College and Research Center in Mumbai, India, before pursuing a neurology residency in the United States. Currently, he is Chief Resident (PGY4) in the Neurology program at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and is also completing a Leadership in Medical Education track. Hatim plans to stay on at University Hospitals to train as a vascular neurologist. He is enthusiastic about a career in academic medicine and hopes to be a clinician-educator.
Bahar M. Beaver, MD, attended the University of Oklahoma for her bachelor’s degree in Zoology-Biomedical Sciences. She went to medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where she enrolled in the Community Medicine track aimed at training future physicians to treat the underserved. She then went to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago for her neurology residency. She is currently a vascular neurology fellow at the University of Oklahoma. Her career aspirations include medical education and academic medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog — doing anything active!
Alan C. Cameron, MB ChB, BSc (Hons), MRCP, is a Registrar and Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Stroke Medicine at the University of Glasgow and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. His research aims to reduce the burden of stroke by improving primary and secondary prevention and optimising the management of patients with acute stroke. He graduated from the University of Glasgow, where he is training as a Clinical Academic, and actively participates in a number of research and clinical activities within the department of Stroke Medicine. Twitter: @alan_cameron1
Philip Chang, MD, graduated from medical school and completed a neurology residency at Northwestern University. He is starting a one-year clinical fellowship in vascular neurology this year with the hope to work with time split between education, quality improvement, and clinical work as a neuro-hospitalist.
Kat Dakay, DO, is a graduate of Touro University Nevada and completed her internship training at Brown University, where she is completing her neurology residency in 2018 and will complete her vascular neurology fellowship. Her research interests are in both aneurysmal and convexity subarachnoid hemorrhage, as well as in basilar occlusion. She is also passionate about quality improvement as it relates to inpatient stroke care. Outside of medicine, she enjoys cooking, running, and jiu-jitsu. After she finishes her stroke fellowship, Kat will be pursuing a second fellowship in endovascular surgical neuroradiology at Westchester Medical Center beginning in 2019, and plans to become an interventional neurologist.
Danielle de Sa Boasquevisque, MD, graduated from Federal University of Espirito Santo in Brazil. She did her neurology training at the University of Sao Paulo and is joining McMaster University as a fellow to complete her training in Vascular Neurology. She also received her Master’s Degree in Health Sciences at the Israel Institute of Education and Research from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (Brazil). Her research interest is acute stroke treatment and stroke rehabilitation.
Victor J. Del Brutto, MD, graduated from Medical School at Universidad Catolica Santiago de Guayaquil in Ecuador and is currently a fourth-year neurology resident at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He started his Vascular Neurology Fellowship at the University of Miami in July 2018. He has been involved for five years as co-investigator in the Atahualpa Project, a population-based study designed to evaluate the presence of cardiovascular risk factors and to determine their impact on the burden of stroke and cognitive decline in rural Ecuador. During his neurology training, he developed an interest in the acute management of stroke, as well as risk factors leading to vascular dementia.
Mark R. Etherton, MD, PhD, attended Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Nutrition. Subsequently, he obtained his M.D. and PhD from the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center. His dissertation work was conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Südhof, where he characterized synaptic transmission in the autism-relevant synaptic cell adhesion molecules neurexin and neuroligin. After completing medical school, he pursued residency training in neurology at the Harvard Neurology Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospital (Partners) followed by a fellowship in Vascular Neurology. He is currently an Assistant in Neurology at MGH and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. His research interests involve stroke recovery and neuroprotection in ischemic stroke.
Alejandro Fuerte, MD, graduated from the University of Salamanca and is currently working as a Neurology Resident at the Virgen de la Macarena Hospital in Sevilla, Spain. He is currently collaborating within the Neurovascular Department in Seville’s Biomedical Research Institute (IBiS) and is studying for a master’s degree in Physiology and Neuroscience. His primary research interest is pediatric stroke, an area on which his thesis will probably be focused on. He is very enthusiastic about neurology, being also passionate about basic research; for this reason, he decided to complement his clinical knowledge with some laboratory work. During his free time, he likes to travel, enjoy nature and practice water sports like surfing and kayaking.
Deepak Gulati, MD, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Comprehensive Stroke Center at The Ohio State University Columbus. He is a medical graduate from India. During his post-graduation in India, he decided to move to the United States to pursue a year of research fellowship in the field of epilepsy and electroencephalography in Cleveland, OH. He then performed an internship and neurology residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, followed by a fellowship in vascular neurology from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His primary area of research is to enhance the role of imaging and serum biomarkers in acute stroke management. He is also interested in epidemiology of stroke, along with improving access to stroke care globally by enhancing stroke systems of care and telestroke. Additional areas of research include stroke in young, ESUS, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, and AV malformations.
Qing Hao, MD, PhD, has been actively engaged in clinical research on cerebrovascular diseases since 2004. After graduation from the Vascular Neurology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, she joined Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she will continue exploring the mechanism of atherosclerotic disease and ischemic stroke using various image modalities, with the aim to provide more effective stroke prevention.
Kathryn S. Hayward, PhD, PT, is a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Early Career Research Fellow in the Stroke Theme, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia. Her research in the field of stroke rehabilitation is focused on enhancing our understanding of the biological and therapy-induced potential for motor recovery. Using arm and hand function as the experimental model, Kate is leading several research projects to elucidate “right person, right treatment, right time” to develop targeted and tailored rehabilitation approaches. Twitter: @kate_hayward_
Richard Jackson, MD, graduated from Wake Forest Medical School and completed a neurology residency at NYU. He is currently completing a vascular fellowship at SUNY Downstate. His research interests include blood pressure management in the acute stroke phase and induction of hypertension.
Aristeidis H. Katsanos, MD, PhD, received his graduate and post-graduate degrees from the University of Ioannina School of Medicine in Greece. His thesis focused on the investigation of patients with cryptogenic cerebral ischemia, and particularly on the contribution of transesophageal echocardiography in the diagnostic work-up of stroke. His research interests include the evidence-based evaluation of emerging diagnostic and therapeutic approaches on acute stroke treatment and secondary stroke prevention. He has particular enthusiasm for epidemiology, biostatistics and meta-research. Currently, he is on the last year of his residency in the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital of Ioannina.
Gurmeen Kaur, MBBS, is currently an Interventional Neurology fellow at New York Medical College after completing a Vascular Neurology fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her research interests include global health and neurology, and the overlap between artificial intelligence and clinical neurosciences. Personal interests include photography, painting, and biking. Her Twitter handle is @kaurgurmeen.
Abbas Kharal, MD, MPH, is currently a Vascular Neurology Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing medical school from Pakistan with a large public health focus, Abbas attended The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he majored in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Clinical Trials Research. He began his clinical career as an Osler Intern in Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital followed by Neurology Residency at the Harvard Partners Neurology Residency Program in Boston, MA. His passion for Stroke Neurology solidified under the mentorship of Dr. Vladimir Hachinski as a student and further by his mentors, several of whom also trained under Dr. C. Miller Fisher, during residency training. Attempting to follow in the footsteps of his mentors and aspiring to add to our understanding of stroke mechanisms and treatments, Abbas is clinically interested in vascular neuro-inflammatory causes of stroke and will be further pursuing fellowship training in neuro-immunology and neuro-rheumatology. His research interests include cerebrovascular epidemiology and the role of inflammatory and imaging biomarkers in stroke. He is also heavily involved and interested in global health, quality improvement and healthcare systems research, particularly in the delivery of acute stroke care.
Tapan Mehta, MBBS, MPH, is an Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology fellow at the University of Minnesota. He completed his medical education from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College (India), Masters in Public Health from Drexel University, Neurology residency from the University of Connecticut, and Vascular Neurology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He aspires to have an academic career with a research focus in epidemiology and endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular diseases.
Muhammad Zeeshan Memon, MD graduated from The Aga Khan University in Pakistan. Following this, he did a stroke and neuroendovascular research fellowship with Dr. Adnan Qureshi at the University of Minnesota. He did his neurology residency at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC, and is currently doing his vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Miami. His primary research interest is in acute stroke treatments and imaging, intracranial atherosclerosis and management of unruptured arteriovenous malformations. He has published scientific articles in Stroke, Journal of Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology. Apart from his day job, he likes to watch and play cricket and soccer, listen and play music, and be involved in political and social activism.
Andrea Morotti, MD, is currently a stroke attending at the National Neurological Institute C. Mondino in Pavia, Italy. He did medical school and residency in Neurology at the University of Brescia, Italy. He also completed a 2-year stroke research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His primary research interest is intracerebral hemorrhage with a focus on hematoma expansion.
Lin Kooi Ong, PhD, is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Stroke Recovery Research Group, Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle, Australia. He graduated with a PhD in Medical Biochemistry in 2012 and completed 2-year Post-Doctoral training in 2014 at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research expertise is in translational stroke research, with a particular focus on understanding the biological mechanisms of post-stroke cognitive impairment, investigating the impact of chronic stress on stroke recovery, and developing and testing novel interventions to enhance brain repair after stroke. Lin is passionate to undertake his research along the discovery science to clinical therapy translational development. Twitter: @DrLinOng
Raffaele Ornello, MD, is a Neurologist and PhD student at the University of L’Aquila, Italy. His main interests are headache medicine and the epidemiology of cerebrovascular diseases in the community.
Lina Palaiodimou, MD, graduated from Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece, as well as from Military Medical Academy in Thessaloniki, Greece. Currently, she is completing her neurology residence in Attikon University General Hospital of Athens, and she is a PhD student in Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her thesis is focused on the impact of glycemic variability in the acute phase of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Her clinical and research interests include acute ischemic stroke reperfusion therapy, acute hemorrhagic stroke management, acute stroke care quality improvement, and secondary stroke prevention.
Robert W. Regenhardt, MD, PhD, completed college and medical school through an early acceptance program at the University of Florida in his home state. As he developed further interests in research, he pursued combined MD-PhD training. His dissertation work involved exploring neuroprotective effects of angiotensin peptides in both ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage using preclinical models. He then completed residency training at the Harvard Neurology Residency Program at both Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals, where he is currently a Vascular Neurology Fellow for 2018-2019. His research interests span the spectrum of translation, from understanding white matter repair after stroke in preclinical models to improving stroke care systems for patients in Boston and abroad. His professional twitter handle is @rwregen.
Richa Sharma, MD, MPH, graduated from Cornell University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, as well as economics. She then pursued a Master’s of Public Health degree at Yale School of Public Health. She attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. She completed a neurology residency at Johns Hopkins. She is currently a clinical vascular neurology fellow at Partners. She will be funded by a StrokeNet research fellowship next year. She plans to pursue a career in academic vascular neurology with a specific interest in stroke epidemiology.
Shashank Shekhar, MD, MS, received his medical degree from Government Medical College & Hospital in Chandigarh, India. After that, he pursued his Master’s Degree in Neurosciences from the University of Helsinki in Finland. He was involved in several basic stroke research projects at Helsinki University Central Hospital, and later, the clinical birth cohort project (FinnBrain) studying cognition in infants using Near Infrared Spectroscopy at the University of Turku. He moved to the USA for the neurology residency followed by Vascular Neurology fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), where he is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Vascular Neurology Division. He is active in various clinical projects as PI and represents UMMC as co-PI of StrokeNet. He enjoys taking care of the acute stroke patients and has a strong research interest, particularly in neurocognition and identification of biomarkers for acute ischemic stroke and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. Twitter: @Artofstroke
Kristina Shkirkova, BSc, is currently a Doctoral Student in Neuroscience in the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute and Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Southern California. She was born and grew up in Siberia, Russia, and attended Royal Holloway, University of London, in the UK, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience. After graduation, she moved to the United States and worked as a Clinical Research Associate at the University of California, Los Angeles Stroke Center before starting her PhD in Neuroscience. Her interests are in translational stroke research, neuroprotection, vascular inflammation, and neuroimmune response in animal models of stroke and hypoperfusion.
Alexis N. Simpkins, MD, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Vascular Division in the Department of Neurology at the University of Florida. Dr. Simpkins obtained a dual MD/PhD at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. After completing her medical internship at the Medical College of Georgia, she went on to complete her neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She then completed a clinical fellowship in vascular neurology at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in the Stroke Branch, at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. She stayed an additional 2 years to complete a clinical research fellowship. Her primary research interests including neuroimaging and blood biomarkers of neurologic outcome in ischemic stroke patients.
Ravinder-Jeet Singh, MBBS, DM, is currently a vascular neurology fellow at the University of Calgary. He completed his medical school from JJM Medical College, Davangere, India, and neurology training from National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, India. He did a one-year stroke fellowship at NIMHANS before moving to Calgary. He has a strong interest in studying the role of brain eloquence in stroke prognosis. He is also passionate about studying long-term outcomes after stroke, cerebral collateral imaging and symptom-imaging correlation in cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. He enjoys spending free time with his family and traveling.
Kara Jo Swafford, MD, graduated from medical school in May 2014 and neurology residency in June 2018 at the University of Kentucky. She is now a vascular neurology fellow at the University of Kentucky. Her clinical and research interests include acute ischemic stroke reperfusion therapy, acute stroke care quality improvement, and secondary stroke prevention.
Burton J. Tabaac, MD, attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, where he earned his degree in behavioral neuroscience. After graduating from AUC School of Medicine, he matriculated into neurology residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ. He will be completing his fellowship in vascular neurology at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD, from 2018-2019. His clinical and research interests involve minimization of tPA times, stroke recovery, and program building. Twitter: @burtontabaac
Elena Zapata-Arriaza, MD, graduated from Sevilla University Medical School. She completed her neurology residency in Virgen del Rocío University Hospital in the south of Spain, where she continued her vascular neurology training after residency, up to 2016, when she started an Interventional Neuroradioloy fellowship. Also, she is part of the Neurovascular research laboratory and Stroke IBiS program in Seville’s Biomedical research Institute (IBiS). Her research interests include stroke induced inmunosupression, atherosclerotic disease, hyperperfusion syndrome and neuroprotection between others. Also, she is interested in medical education and the relation between social media and health sciences. Twitter: @ElenaZaps
José G. Merino, MD, FAHA, is Associate Professor in the department of Neurology at the University of Maryland. He is also the U.S. Research Editor for The BMJ. His clinical and research interests focus on the uses of imaging in the acute stroke phase to improve clinical care and the design of research studies. He is a native of Mexico City, where he went to medical school at the Universidad Anahuac. He did a neurology and psychiatry residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and a fellowship in vascular neurology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
Nerses Sanossian, MD, is Associate Professor (Clinical Scholar) and director of the Neurocritical Care & Stroke within the department of Neurology at the University of Southern California. His research interests are in emergency stroke therapies, imaging of stroke, and systems of stroke care. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and grew up in Southern California. He obtained his medical degree and completed his Neurology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx followed by a Vascular Neurology fellowship at the UCLA Stroke Center. He is currently serving a term as commissioner of Emergency Medical Services for the County of Los Angeles.