Name: Elena Zapata-Arriaza, MD
Hometown: Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain
Current Position: Interventional Neuroradiologist in the Radiology Department in Virgen del Rocio University Hospital; Stroke Neurologist Researcher in the Institute of Biomedical Research of Seville (IBiS)
Q: What made you interested in a career in stroke?
A: Near the end of my residency in neurology, there were fundamental changes in the acute treatment of ischemic stroke, which changed the paradigm of disease management, as well as the role of the neurologist in the stroke. The possibility of expanding the therapeutic options, whose indication depended on the combination of clinical-radiological knowledge, motivated me to focus more on the stroke, in which the neurologist became an active part of its outcome. Likewise, the wide variety of topics to investigate about stroke, together with the existence of quality researchers in my center who trusted me to develop studies on stroke-associated pneumonia, further boosted my interest in the field.