2019–2020 Blogging Stroke Contributors:
Mohammad Anadani, MD, graduated from Aleppo University School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Case Western Reserve University hospital, then a neurology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina neurology program. He is currently a neurocritical care fellow at the Washington University in St Louis. His primary research interest is blood pressure management after acute stroke.
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.
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.
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!
Anusha Boyanpally, MD, is the current Vascular Neurology Fellow at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. She received her medical degree from Gandhi Medical College, India, and completed her residency in Neurology at Rutgers-NJMS, New Jersey. She was chosen to be the Chief Resident for the academic year 2018-19 at Rutgers-NJMS. She received the Best Intern and “Resident with greatest promise for future development as a Neurologist” awards in 2016. She was nominated for the “Golden Apple Award” in March 2018 and 2019 by the NJMS Student Council.
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
Pamela Cheng, DO, graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She completed her neurology residency training at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Medical Center, where she also served as chief resident. She is currently completing her vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Southern California. Her interests include acute stroke care and stroke imaging.
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.
Reyes de Torres Chacon, MD, graduated in Medicine from the University of Seville and completed her residency in Neurology in 2016 at Virgen Macarena University Hospital in the same city, located in Andalusia, Spain. She is currently developing her professional career as a vascular neurologist in the same center. Specially focused on research, she has a master’s degree in Clinical Trials and is part of the Neurovascular Research Laboratory and the Stroke IBiS program of the Biomedical Research Institute of Seville (IBiS). In the field of stroke, she is specialized in carotid atherosclerotic disease and cryptogenic stroke and is particularly interested in heart-brain association. She is currently working on her thesis on the detection of hidden atrial fibrillation in patients with ESUS in the Andalusian population.
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.
Rachel Forman, MD, originally from Milwaukee, has headed to Boston for a vascular neurology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her interests are broad at this point, and include healthcare disparities in stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage outcomes. She is also very passionate about educating the community about stroke symptoms and prevention.
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.
Parneet Grewal, MD, graduated from Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India, and completed her neurology residency at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. She is currently pursuing a Vascular Neurology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. Her research interests include treatment of acute stroke along with improving systems of care for acute stroke, stroke rehabilitation and stroke in young adults. She is also interested in medical education and is enthusiastic about pursuing a career in academic medicine. Twitter: @parneetgrewal6
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.
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
Mausaminben Hathidara, MD, of Ahmedabad, India, is currently completing a vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Miami. She attended medical school at B.J. Medical College in Ahmedabad and completed a neurology residency at the Oklahoma University Health Science Center. Her fields of interest and research interests: include acute stroke diagnosis and management; stroke in the young; cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, ischemic strokes and hyper-coagulable state; and inflammatory markers and platelets reactivity in SAH and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking and camping, traveling, watching movies, and cooking.
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_
Yan Hou, MD, PhD, graduated from medical school and obtained a PhD in neuropharmacology in China. During her neurology residency training, she found herself most drawn to the patient population affected by stroke. She is currently doing a stroke fellowship at the University of Maryland. In the future, she would like to provide the best care to stroke patients and contribute to research focusing on discovering new therapies and improving evidence-based management.
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.
Wayneho Kam, MD, graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 2011 with a degree in Chemistry and Psychology. He earned his MD at Thomas Jefferson University in 2015, where he was member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his residency in Neurology at Vanderbilt University. He is now a Vascular Neurology fellow at Duke. His research and clinical interests include global health and stroke prevention.
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.
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.
Stephanie Lyden, MD, BS, grew up in Wyoming. She was a clinical research assistant for the National Institutes of Health’s stroke team in Bethesda, MD, following her undergraduate education. She later attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and then went on to complete a neurology residency at Rush University in Chicago, IL. She is currently completing a vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. From growing up in a rural state, she has grown an interest in expanding access to stroke and general neurological care to rural, underserved areas. She likes the idea of using new technology, such as telestroke/teleneurology, to help achieve this. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, running, cross country mountain biking, interior design, architecture and spending time with her Labradane.
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.
Adeola Olowu, MD, obtained her medical degree and completed her neurology residency at the University of Texas Medical School-Houston (now known as McGovern Medical School). She will be joining University of Texas-Southwestern to train in vascular neurology. Her research interests include intracerebral hemorrhage, as well as the intersection of stroke and bioinformatics.
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.
Matthew Maximillian Padrick, MD, BA, was raised in Virginia Beach, VA, and was introduced to emergency care as an EMT with the VB Volunteer Rescue Squad. He went on to the University of Virginia for both a neuroscience undergraduate degree and his medical degree, and credits UVA for sparking his excitement for stroke care. He then moved to California, and after a brief intern year in San Francisco, has now spent three fantastic years in Los Angeles at Cedars Sinai, where he is now a neurovascular fellow. He is interested in all things stroke: community outreach and primary prevention to prehospital to ED to CT to MRI to IR to ICU to rehab to secondary prevention, with some translational bench science in the mix. Outside of the medical world, he enjoys the beach and the mountains, live music and comedy, and not sleeping with a newborn at home.
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.
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.
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 Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Twitter: @burtontabaac
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
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, 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
Charlotte Zerna, MD, MSc, is currently a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary. She previously completed her medical school and started her neurology training at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, before moving to Calgary for a clinical stroke fellowship. She is interested in knowledge translation and population-based effectiveness of stroke therapies that have been proven successful in clinical trials, as well as studying risk factors and consequences of diseases of the cerebral microcirculation. Twitter: @CharlotteZerna
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.