Sami Al KasabSami 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.

Rohan AroraRohan 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 AttarHatim 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 AttenhoferKevin 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. Twitter: @KAttenhofer




Philip Chang

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 Etherton

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.

Deepak Gulati, MDDeepak 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 HaoQing 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. KatsanosAristeidis 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 KaurGurmeen 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.



Abbas Kharal, MD, MPHAbbas 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.

Kaustubh LimayeKaustubh Limaye, MD, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Cerebrovascular Diseases Division at the University of Iowa. In addition to being a junior attending, he is also pursuing an NIH-Stroke Net clinical research fellowship at the University of Iowa. Dr. Limaye completed his vascular neurology training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He has been involved in multiple clinical research projects and served as a sub-investigator for national and international clinical trials. His research interests include reperfusion therapy in acute ischemic stroke and vascular malformations. He strives to improve access and outcomes for patients with cerebrovascular disease. Twitter: @kaustubhslimaye

Stephen MakinStephen 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. His Twitter handle is @StephenMakin



Brian MarcusBrian 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 MehtaTapan 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.


Andrea MorottiAndrea 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.



Neal S. Parikh

Neal S. Parikh, MD, earned his MD from Weill Cornell Medical College and completed residency training in neurology at the same institution. He is now an NIH T32 neuro-epidemiology and vascular neurology fellow at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. He has been a blog contributor since 2015, contributes to the AHA/ASA’s Early Career Voice blog, and is active on Twitter @NealSParikhMD.



Danny Rose Jr.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.

Richa Sharma, MD, MPHRicha 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 ShekharShashank Shekhar, MD, MS, received his medical degree from Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh, India. He received a research scholarship from the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) during his medical school. Thereafter, 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 a neurology residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and currently he is doing vascular neurology training at the same institute. He likes taking care of the acute stroke patients and has a strong research interest, particularly in neurocognition and identification of biomarkers for acute ischemic stroke. Twitter: @Artofstroke

Alexis N. SimpkinsAlexis 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.

Pouya Tahsili-Fahadan

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.


Jose MerinoJosé 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 SanossianNerses 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.