2020–2021 Blogging Stroke Contributors:
Elizabeth M. Aradine, DO, has a clinical and academic focus in acute stroke intervention, intracerebral hemorrhage, vasculopathy and global health neurology. She is currently a Vascular Neurology fellow at the University of Maryland. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish followed by medical school at Lincoln Memorial University. She completed neurology residency training at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her hobbies include local and international travel, trying new restaurants, and jogging.
Yasmin Aziz, MD, is currently a T32 fellow at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She attended Colgate University and graduated with a degree in Cellular Neuroscience. She spent the next two years working in the Research Programs division of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research before attending Drexel University College of Medicine. She returned to Pittsburgh to attend residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is most interested in acute stroke research.
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.
Isabella Canavero, MD, attended medical school and neurology residency at the University of Pavia, Italy. During residency she had the opportunity to work as a short-term research scholar at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, in the Lab of Professor Marilyn Cipolla, for a bench research project about the effects of circulating factors in the acute phase of stroke. She is currently a clinical neurologist at the Emergency Neurology Department of the National Neurological Institute Mondino Foundation in Pavia. Cerebrovascular diseases have always been her major field of interest, with a special concern about acute stroke mimics and rare etiologies of stroke, including cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and arterial dissections.
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.
Saurav Das, MD, is a fellow in Vascular Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He completed his residency training at University of Louisville after graduating from Stanley Medical College, Chennai, India. Dr. Das is interested in blood pressure and cerebral autoregulation, imaging biomarkers to predict outcomes following large vessel strokes. He is also interested in post stroke-cognitive impairment and use of technology to improve care delivery in resource poor settings, and is a firm advocate for a formalized endovascular training pathway for neurology trainees. His interests outside of work include road trips and photography. Twitter: @sauravmed
Wern Yew Ding, MBChB, MRCP, is a Cardiology Registrar and Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, United Kingdom. His broad research interest is in cardiac arrhythmias — atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, etc. One of his main aims is to improve our understanding of the prothrombotic mechanisms in atrial fibrillation to optimize the treatment for primary and secondary stroke prevention in high-risk patients.
Tolga Daniel Dittrich, MD, is a PhD student at the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel and is currently completing his neurological residency at the University Hospital Basel. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and grew up in Germany, Mexico, Turkey, and Switzerland. He studied medicine at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany. His research focuses on neuroradiological aspects of acute stroke diagnostics and endovascular therapies of ischemic stroke in the acute and sub-acute time window.
Melanie R. F. Greenway, MD, is the current Vascular Neurology Fellow at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, where she completed her neurology residency training. Prior to residency, she attended medical school at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine with clinical training at Lehigh Valley Health Network through the SELECT Program. She received her undergraduate degree in genetics from Clemson University. Her interests include acute stroke care, primary and secondary prevention of stroke, and cryptogenic stroke/embolic stroke of undetermined source.
Parneet Grewal, MD, graduated from medical school in India and completed her neurology residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and her Vascular Neurology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Her research interests include treatment of acute stroke, along with improving systems of care for acute stroke, stroke in women, and stroke rehabilitation. She is also interested in medical education and is enthusiastic about pursuing a career in academic medicine. During her free time, she likes to travel and explore local restaurants and cafes. Twitter: @parneetgrewal6
Ying Gue, MB ChB, PhD, graduated from University of Dundee and completed his clinical post-graduate PhD on thrombosis and endogenous fibrinolysis in cardiovascular disease. He is currently employed as a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in the Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science, where he pursues his clinical cardiology training alongside his academic interests in cardiovascular research. During his free time, he manages his own blog and educational channel about medical training and cardiovascular disease. Twitter: @DrYXGue
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.
Maria Gutierrez, MD, has a degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Castilla la Mancha (Spain). She did her residency in Neurology at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos in Madrid (Spain). She is currently working in the cerebrovascular disease team at the Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena, in Seville. She has a special interest in the treatment of acute stroke and the study of cryptogenic stroke, and the importance of health education and primary prevention of cerebrovascular disease. Twitter: @MeriiGuti
Jennifer Harris, MD, is originally from Berlin, Germany. She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and is currently a stroke fellow at Columbia University Medical Center. In her free time, she likes to travel. She has been to over 20 countries thus far. Twitter: @JenHarrisMD
Sara Hassani, MD, MHS, graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her training in neurology at Emory University School of Medicine and is currently a vascular neurology fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Her areas of research interest include predictors of high-risk intracranial atherosclerosis, neuroimaging, and acute endovascular therapy. In her free time, she enjoys domestic and international traveling, reading, hiking, and watching soccer.
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_
Muhammad Rizwan Husain, MD, graduated from medical school at the Ziauddin University in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed a neurology residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also served as Chief Resident (2018-2019). He is currently a Vascular Neurology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include identifying imaging markers in acute ischemic stroke, as well as other neurological ailments, to help guide treatment. He is also involved in medical student and resident education, and has also been a member of the medical student mentorship program during residency. Twitter: @RIZWANHUSAINMD
Abdullah Ibish, MD, grew up in Southern California and is currently a Stroke Fellow in the Department of Neurocritical Care & Stroke Neurology at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. With a degree in chemistry and molecular biology, he graduated with distinction from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) after which he attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed Neurology Residency at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital under the leadership of Ralph Sacco and Seemant Chaturvedi, both of whom inspired him to pursue Stroke and Cerebrovascular diseases early on. His clinical interests include thrombolytic health disparities, healthcare system research, utilization of advanced imaging in acute ischemic stroke, and the intersection of Stroke and Critical Care Neurology/Endovascular Neurosurgery. He will be pursuing a NeuroCritical Care Fellowship in the Department of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA after his Stroke Fellowship. His hobbies include spearfishing, basketball and surfing, and spending time with his family and infant daughter.
Richard Jackson, MD, graduated from Wake Forest Medical School and completed a neurology residency at NYU. He completed a stroke fellowship at SUNY Downstate and is stroke director and division chief at Glens Falls Hospital in New York. His research interests include blood pressure management in the acute stroke phase and induction of hypertension.
Nurose Karim, MD, has experience that includes residency at the University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH, and fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. She is passionate about the acuity and the adrenaline crisis that comes with stroke. She trains guide dogs and loves travelling. She spends her free time hiking, running, and meeting new people.
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.
Muhammad Taimoor Khan, MD, is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at West Virginia University and Diplomat American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Beginning in September 2019, he will be a clinical stroke fellow at the National Institutes of Health.
Manya Khrlobyan, DO, MS, graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, and received her master’s degree in Medical Science from Western University. She completed her neurology residency at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Medical Center. She is currently completing her vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Southern California. During her free time, she likes to travel and spend time with her husband and two kids.
Song J. Kim, MD, is currently a Vascular Neurology Fellow at University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her Neurology residency at Emory, where she solidified her clinical interests in stroke during her formative training at Grady Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center, under the guidance of many wonderful stroke neurologists and neuro-interventionalists. She is motivated daily by the multidisciplinary team approach in the care of stroke patients, learning from the expertise of many providers from rehab therapists to neuro-radiologists. Her research interests span from cryptogenic stroke in the young, to mechanism and treatment of symptomatic intracranial atherosclerotic disease, to acute interventions. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, international travels, urban explorations, and attending concerts.
Andy Lim, MBBS, BMedSci, MBA, FACEM, GAICD, is an Emergency Physician at Monash Medical Centre, a Director of Holmesglen Emergency Department P/L, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has more than a decade of contribution to the profession, including clinical care, medical education, and various works in neuroscience and emergency medicine. He currently serves as a Medical Advisor for the Monash University State Acute Reference Group and is a Review Editor on the Frontiers Editorial Board (Stroke section). He is currently investigating stroke service delivery at the local and global level as a doctoral student to Professor Thanh Phan and Professor Henry Ma. Twitter: @ALim0211
Ammad Mahmood, MBChB, BMedSci, graduated in 2012 from the University of Glasgow. Since 2016, he has been a registrar in stroke and neurology at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. He is currently a Clinical Research Fellow at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow based at the Imaging Centre of Excellence. He is a PhD candidate examining acute stroke imaging in the ATTEST-2 trial comparing alteplase and tenecteplase in acute ischemic stroke. His research interests are in hyperacute stroke care and stroke imaging. Twitter: @AMahmoodNeuro
Sishir Mannava, MD, graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in his hometown of Oklahoma City, OK. Subsequently, he completed neurology residency training at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Health Systems and served as an Academic Chief Neurology Resident in his final year. He is currently a vascular neurology fellow at UM/Jackson. He has a keen interest in trainee medical education, systems-based care, and stroke care in unique populations. When able, he enjoys sports and staying active, being outdoors, and dedicating time to mindfulness. Twitter: @sishmannMD
Csilla Manoczki, MD, is originally from Hungary and completed her medical studies and specialist training in neurology at Semmelweis University in Budapest. After 6 busy years in the UK, she moved to New Zealand, where she currently works as a stroke fellow at Wellington Regional Hospital. She led successful quality improvement projects with a clinical focus on acute stroke management. She enjoys working in a culturally diverse environment with the aim to provide the best care across the population. In her free time, she likes to explore the beautiful outdoors of Aotearoa with her husband and their greyhound, Quinny.
Juan Carlos Martinez Gutierrez, MD, is currently a Vascular Neurology Fellow 2020-2021 at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School. He graduated from Tec Salud Medical School in Mexico and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his Neurology training in the Harvard Neurology Residency Program at both Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals. After finishing his Vascular Neurology fellowship, he will continue his training in Interventional Neurology at the UT Houston McGovern Medical School. He is passionate about expanding access to thrombectomy as SVIN MT2020 Mexico liaison and Diversity and Inclusion Committee officer. His research is focused on acute stroke and neuroendovascular therapeutics. Twitter: @JCMartinezMD
Lukas Mayer-Suess, MD, born in Vienna, received his medical doctorate in 2015 from the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. He then joined the neurovascular research group of Innsbruck as a pre-doctorate researcher with a focus on epidemiological and biomarker research. Within his pre-doctorate, he has been part of multiple academic projects as well as clinical trials in the field of ischemic stroke. Additionally, he acted as a research fellow in the Department of Cardiovascular Proteomics at King’s College London in 2017. In 2017, he started his residency at the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Innsbruck focusing on vascular neurology.
Thomas Meinel, MD, is a PhD candidate in Stroke Research at the Stroke Center of the University of Bern, Switzerland. He completed his medical school in Germany, and his neurology training in Bern. Currently, he pursues a clinical stroke fellowship at the Stroke Center of Inselspital Bern, Switzerland. He is interested in covert brain infarction, interference of anticoagulation with acute recanalization therapies and the brain-heart interplay. If he encounters something that looks like a major problem at work, he spends time with his family and two daughters and realizes what life is all about.
Mei Ngun, MBBS, graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia, after moving there from Malaysia. She is currently completing her stroke fellowship at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne, with plans for a second fellowship in Neurophysiology. Her interests include clinical teaching and improvement of code stroke processes. Outside of medicine, she enjoys improving her Japanese, gardening, and cooking.
Kevin O’Connor, MD, is the vascular neurology fellow at the University of Kentucky (UK). He completed his neurology residency at UK and his medical school at Indiana University. Before medicine, he pursued European history at Penn State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. His research interests include pediatric stroke, as well as healthcare provider wellness and burnout. In his free time, he enjoys being around his two cats, his wife, and, occasionally, his dog.
Piyush Ojha, MBBS, MD, DM, is currently working as a Vascular Neurology Fellow with the Calgary Stroke Program at the University of Calgary. He completed medical school at RNT Medical College, Udaipur, India, followed by Medicine training at MGM Medical College, Indore, India, and Neurology training from Government Medical College, Kota, India. His primary research interests are acute stroke imaging and treatment and secondary stroke prevention. His hobbies are travelling, singing, playing and watching cricket and basketball.
Lin Kooi Ong, PhD, is a Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia. Prior to the appointment, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Australia. He graduated with a PhD in Medical Biochemistry in 2012 and completed 2.5-year Post-Doctoral training in 2014 at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The broad area of his research interest is in Neuroscience and Medical Biochemistry. His research expertise is in translational stroke research. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to understand the relationship between brain function and cognitive performance in health and disease. He pursues the development of novel and innovative therapies to promote recovery of brain function following stroke or other neurological conditions. Lin is passionate to undertake research along discovery science to clinical translation with clear research impact to the society, economy and culture, beyond the contribution to academic research. 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.
Tyler Owens, DO, attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California. He then moved back to his hometown in Albuquerque, NM, to complete neurology residency. Currently, he is a Vascular Neurology Fellow at Wake Forest Baptist Health. His interests in the field of stroke include acute systems of care, prevention and detection of hospital acquired delirium, and patient education during hospital admissions. In his free time, he enjoys running and spending time with his wife and two boys.
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.
Lauren A. Peruski, DO, is a current Vascular Neurology Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. She remained at Michigan State University to complete both her doctorate of osteopathic medicine and her neurology residency before relocating to Boston. Her hobbies include baking (and poorly decorating) desserts, game nights with friends, jogging throughout the city, and trying to motivate her adopted kitten to do anything besides nap.
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.
Alejandro Rodríguez-Vázquez, MD, is currently a stroke fellow in Hospital Clínic de Barcelona’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. He was born and raised in A Coruña, Spain, later graduating from Universidade de Santiago de Compostela’s Medical School in 2016, and afterwards completing his residency in Neurology at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona in 2020. He is now working on a project focused on the early prognostic estimation of malignant-profile strokes. His main interests in vascular neurology are the management of the acute phase of stroke and advanced neuroimaging.
Jeffrey Russ, MD, PhD, is currently a Child Neurology fellow at the University of California San Francisco, where his clinical interest is in Neonatal Neurology, particularly perinatal brain injury from hypoxia-ischemia, arterial ischemic stroke, or intracranial hemorrhage. His research interests include understanding early cortical circuit development, the selective susceptibility of different cell-types to perinatal brain injury, and how the inflammatory response to injury shapes brain development. He completed his undergraduate training in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, completed his PhD in Neurodevelopment and his MD through the Weill Cornell/Sloan Kettering/Rockefeller University MD-PhD Program, and his Child Neurology residency/fellowship at UCSF. He enjoys creative writing, photography, and skiing.
Setareh Salehi Omran, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and completed her Adult Neurology residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine, where she also served as chief resident. Following her residency training, she completed a Vascular Neurology fellowship at The Neurological Institute at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She also completed a second year of fellowship as the NIH StrokeNet Research Fellow for New York Presbyterian Hospital. Her research interests include acute stroke treatment and stroke in the young. She is also interested in medical education and is currently the Associate Program Director of the Adult Neurology residency program at University of Colorado. Twitter: @SetarehOmranMD
Aurora Semerano, MD, is currently a Vascular Neurologist at San Raffaele Scientific Institute of Milan, Italy, and a stroke researcher at the Neuroimmunology Unit of the same Institute. She has recently completed her Neurology residency at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, and a Vascular Neurology fellowship at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Spain. Her research interests include stroke immunology and thromboinflammation. She is also interested in acute stroke treatment and stroke workflow optimization, and she is passionate about translational stroke research and networking in stroke medicine.
Vera Sharashidze, MD, is the current Vascular Neurology Fellow at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She graduated from David Tvildiani Medical University in Tbilisi, Georgia, and did her neurology training at Emory University School of Medicine. After she finishes her Vascular Neurology fellowship, she will be pursuing another fellowship in interventional neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center. She is interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine with a focus on treatment of acute stroke, stroke epidemiology, and improving access to stroke care globally with the hope of providing better treatment options for patients. Twitter: @SharashidzeVera
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
Ravinder-Jeet Singh, MBBS, DM, is currently an Assistant Professor at Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Stroke Neurologist at Health Sciences North, Sudbury. 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 completed his two years vascular neurology fellowship at the University of 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.
Burton J. Tabaac, MD, serves as the Comprehensive Stroke Director at Renown Health, leading a team of neurologists in the cutting-edge treatment and prevention of cerebrovascular diseases. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lehigh University (2009). After graduating from AUC School of Medicine, where he earned his MD (2014), Tabaac completed a neurology residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ. There, he was humbled to have been selected as a three-time recipient of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award (2016, 2017, and 2018). Tabaac has also been honored by being inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is a graduate of the fellowship program in cerebrovascular neurology at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD (2019). His clinical and research interests involve minimization of tPA times, quality improvement, stroke recovery, and program building. Currently, he also serves as an Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Twitter: @burtontabaac
Ericka Samantha Teleg, MD, is a stroke neurologist who trained with the Calgary Stroke Program at the Foothills Medical Centre in Alberta, Canada. Currently, she is doing her Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology Fellowship with the University of Toronto. Her interests are intracerebral hemorrhage, imaging, vascular dementia, cryptogenic stroke, and stroke in the young.
Francesca Tinelli, MS, graduated from the University of Milano – Bicocca (Milan, Italy) with a Master’s degree in Industrial Biotechnologies. Her previous work experiences focused on cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, she is a junior research fellow in the field of rare cerebrovascular diseases (i.e., Moyamoya angiopathy, CADASIL, and cerebral amyloid angiopathy) at the Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico “Carlo Besta” in Milan, Italy. Her research aim is investigating the pathophysiological mechanisms of these disorders from a cellular, biochemical, and biomolecular point of view. She is an active member of the Sphingolipid Club. Outside of her job, she enjoys cooking and doing sports in beautiful natural landscapes.
Melissa Trotman-Lucas, PhD, is a Behavioural Neuroscience Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, UK. She graduated with a PhD in Cell Physiology and Pharmacology in 2015 at the University of Leicester, where she continued as a Research Associate until 2018. Her research is primarily focused on neuroprotection in models of preclinical ischaemic stroke, with previous projects examining the effects of acute prophylactic treatments both in vivo and in vitro, utilizing a variety of techniques including surgical, behavioural and preclinical imaging. She has a strong research interest in the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement), recently working on a project to reduce variability in a preclinical stroke model, later disseminating this technique within the preclinical stroke community, both nationally and internationally. Her research interests also encompass welfare and enrichment husbandry practices within in vivo research. Twitter: @TroLucaM
Walter Valesky, MD, is a vascular neurology fellow at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and a practicing emergency physician at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Before becoming a stroke fellow, he completed his residency in emergency medicine at SUNY Downstate followed by fellowships in emergency ultrasound and sports medicine. His current interests are in acute stroke management in the emergency department. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, day trading, and spending time with his wife and family.
Tamaya Van Criekinge, PT, graduated as a Master in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy in Neurological Rehabilitation at the University of Leuven, Belgium. She is currently working as a PhD candidate at the University of Antwerp. Her research covers a variety of topics within the field of stroke rehabilitation. She has a strong research interest in movement analysis, biomechanics, trunk rehabilitation, and music science after stroke. Twitter: @TamayaVC
Christopher Wilkins, MD, attended medical school at Boston University, where he became fascinated with the intricacy of the nervous system and driven to treat patients with neurological illnesses. His experience in medical school motivated him to become a neurologist, and he eventually completed his residency in neurology at Oregon Health and Science University. While training at OHSU, he became particularly interested in the treatment and care of patients afflicted with stroke. After completing residency, he moved to Brooklyn to continue his neurological training as a vascular neurology fellow at SUNY Downstate, where he is looking forward to working with and learning from a very diverse patient population. With regards to clinical and research subjects in vascular neurology, he is particularly interested in acute treatment of ischemic stroke, including discovering new ways to safely expand the usage of thrombolytic therapy and mechanical thrombectomy. Outside of practicing and learning about neurology, he enjoys checking out concerts by local musicians and performing karaoke.
Sohei Yoshimura, MD, PhD, graduated from Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, and is currently working as a Consultant Stroke Neurologist in the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, in Osaka, Japan. He is also an Honorary Fellow with Stroke Group, The George Institute for Global Health, in Sydney, Australia. His interests include stroke prevention, ultrasonography, acute stroke care, registry data management, and medical education. Twitter: @sohei_y
Elena Zapata-Arriaza, MD, PhD, 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, which she has since completed. She is now working as an interventional neuroradiologist attending in Virgen del Rocío Hospital. 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 immunosuppression, 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
Victor J. Del Brutto, MD, is Assistant Professor in the Stroke Division of the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Chicago and vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Miami. He currently works as a stroke neurologist at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Jackson South Hospital in Miami, is appointed as scholar fellow for the NINDS Stroke Trials Network, and serves as Digital Media Editor for the Stroke journal. He is the PI of an investigation on intracranial dolichoectasia and ischemic stroke, and is co-founder and co-investigator of the Atahualpa project, a population-based study on stroke risk factors in rural Ecuador.
Sarah Song, MD, MPH, FAHA, FAAN, is Associate Professor in the Section of Cerebrovascular Disease in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. She completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Peoria, neurology residency at Georgetown University Hospital, and stroke fellowship at UCLA, where she did a post-doctoral research fellowship with the American Heart Association. She is currently serving on the Metro Chicago AHA Board and on the AHA Illinois Advocacy Committee, serves on the Editorial Board of Brain and Life, and is vice-chair of the American Academy of Neurology’s Advocacy Engagement Committee; she is the co-founder and past president of the Illinois State Neurological Society.
Shlee S. Song, MD, Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Cedars-Sinai, is a board-certified vascular neurologist who completed her clinical and research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. She has worked on steering committees and served as PI on multiple national and international multicenter stroke clinical trials. She serves as Medical Director of Stroke Programs at Cedars-Sinai, Torrance Memorial, and Marina del Rey Hospital, affiliate sites of Cedars-Sinai; has developed a telemedicine network that delivers acute stroke care; and oversees stroke quality improvement and clinical trials enrollment across network hospitals. As the previous program director for the vascular neurology fellowship program at Cedars-Sinai, she has trained many stroke neurologists that practice across the country.