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Ninth Annual

Pursuit of Neurovascular Excellence 2017

Topic Specific Objectives

Patient Story

Ron Shaffer, Stroke Survivor


  1. Describe the clinical and social changes related to a stroke.

Update on Neurologic Emergencies

Karen Greenberg, DO, FACOEP


  1. Review national stroke treatment rates.
  2. List benefits and limitations of prehospital stroke scales.
  3. Identify pitfalls of acute stroke imaging and opportunities to improve care.

Acute Stroke Imaging: Pearls and Pitfalls

Adam Flanders, MD


  1. Discuss the various imaging methods used in acute stroke evaluation.
  2. Recognize the advantages/disadvantages of vascular/physiologic imaging with CT and MRI.
  3. Discuss the potential shortcomings of physiologic imaging for stroke.

DAWN: The Breaking of a New Era of Acute Stroke Intervention

Tudor G. Jovin, MD


  1. Describe the pathophysiology of LVO stroke.
  2. Identify imaging predictors of response to endovascular therapy.
  3. Describe endovascular treatment options beyond the six hour time window.

The Legal Implications of Thrombolytic Therapy and Endovascular Interventions for Acute Ischemic Stroke (AIS)

Dan Martz, Esquire


  1. Identify the medical-legal issues surrounding the use of TPA.
  2. Identify the medical-legal issues surrounding endovascular interventions.
  3. Identify the medical-legal issues for AIS.
  4. Discuss when informed consent is required for use of TPA.
  5. Discuss when informed consent is required for endovascular interventions.

To Close or Not to Close: Updates on the Management of Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)

Bruce Klugherz, MD


  1. Describe new recommendations for the treatment of PFO.
  2. Identify the benefits of closing PFO.

Case Review

Tudor Jovin, MD; David Hasan, MD; Osman Kozak, MD; Douglas Kondziolka, MD


  1. Identify strategies for treatment of large vessel occlusion.
  2. List potential complications of acute stroke intervention.
  3. Describe changes related to HIV arteriopathy and treatment options.

Applications of Stem Cell Therapy in Neuroscience

Douglas Kondziolka, MD


  1. Discuss clinical conditions involved in stem cell therapy clinical trials in the brain.
  2. Identify the main inclusion and exclusion criteria for cell therapy trials.
  3. Explain the known risks of cell implants into the brain.

Cerebral Aneurysm Vessel Wall Imaging: Attenuating Rupture Risk

David Hasan, MD


  1. Explain the critical role of inflammation in aneurysm formation and the effects of aspirin.
  2. Identify the inflammatory cell that can be imaged in vivo.
  3. Describe how a small aneurysm can rupture.
  4. Explain how imaging can predict aneurysm rupture.

The Importance of Neurorehabilitation in the Pursuit of Neurovascular Excellence

Samir Belagaje, MD


  1. Identify the 3 main ways a patient recovers from a stroke.
  2. Explain neuroplasticity.
  3. Discuss 3 medications which can be used to help with the recovery process.
  4. Explain how depression affects stroke recovery.
  5. Review the proposed mechanism of transcranial magnetic stimulation and stem cells in stroke recovery.

Innovations in Post-Stroke Therapies

Margo Abramson, OTR/L, CSRS, Nicole Schultz, PT, DPT, CSRS & Erica Jovanovic, PT, DPT, CSRS


  1. Describe the relevance of evidence based practice in stroke recovery.
  2. Explain the difference between physical and occupational therapy interventions in stroke rehabilitation.
  3. Identify two evidence based therapeutic interventions currently used in stroke rehabilitation.

U.S. News and World Report Award

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2021 Elite Plus Gold Award for StrokeJointCommissionGoldSeal