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.
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.
Kevin S. Attenhofer, MD, is a graduate of Texas A&M University who pursued his career in medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. He completed a combined Internal Medicine and Neurology residency at Tulane Medical Center in 2017 and is now a Vascular Neurology Fellow at the University of California in San Diego.
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.
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.
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.
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 a Vascular Neurology fellow at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is doing an Endovascular fellowship afterward. 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.
Stephen Makin, PhD, is a Clinical Lecturer at Glasgow University in Scotland. After medical school and specialist training in England, he undertook a PhD in Cognition and Lacunar Stroke at the University of Edinburgh before moving to Glasgow, where he combines his research into stroke and cognition with clinical work in stroke and medicine for older people.
Brian Marcus, MD, is currently a Vascular Neurology fellow at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is originally from Chicago and did his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. His hobbies include listening to music, biking, playing piano, backpacking, playing tennis, and traveling. Within the field of stroke, he is interested in the implementation of stroke care in third world countries and global neurology in general.
Tapan Mehta, MBBS, MPH, is a Vascular Neurology fellow at the University of Minnesota. He completed his medical education from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College (India), a Masters in Public Health from Drexel University, and a Neurology residency from the University of Connecticut. Following his Vascular Neurology fellowship, he will be continuing as an Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology fellow at the University of Minnesota. He aspires to have an academic career with a research focus in epidemiology and endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular diseases.
Neal S. Parikh, MD, earned his MD from Weill Cornell Medical College and completed residency training in neurology at the same institution. He will be an NIH T32 neuro-epidemiology and vascular neurology fellow at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center from 2017 to 2019. He has been a blog contributor since 2015 and is active on Twitter @NealSParikhMD.
Danny R. Rose, Jr., MD, graduated from medical school at the University of Louisville in 2010 and joined the neurology residency program at the University of Kentucky after completing a Transitional Year program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Rose completed a stroke policy fellowship through the office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and the University of Kentucky Stroke Program in 2011–2012, where he aided the growth and development of the UK/Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network. After completing his adult neurology residency, Dr. Rose trained and graduated as the University of Kentucky’s second Vascular Neurology fellow. Following fellowship, Dr. Rose accepted a faculty position in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kentucky. He also serves as the Medical Director for Frankfort Regional Medical Center Stroke Program. Dr. Rose’s clinical and research interests include healthcare disparities in disadvantaged populations, healthcare quality and systems of care, and the effects of cerebrovascular disease on cognition. His extracurricular interests include tennis, kayaking, hiking, and political activism.
Pouya Tahsili-Fahadan, MD, has been involved in basic and clinical neuroscience research since 2004. He received his MD from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2007. After medical school, he joined Dr. Gary Aston-Jones’s lab at the Medical University of South Carolina as a postdoctoral fellow to study neuromodulation and behavior for 3 years. He did his neurology residency at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and, during the last year in the program, he served as the chief resident (2014). He then completed a vascular neurology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (2015), followed by a 2-year fellowship in Neurocritical Care at Johns Hopkins University (2017). His primary research interests are application of neuroimaging in neuroprognostication and neurological manifestations of critical illness. He is currently a neurointensivist at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA.
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.