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Neurology: Stroke

A stroke is caused by the abrupt loss of blood supply to a part of the brain, or bleeding into or around the brain. Stroke affects 730,000 Americans a year, results in 150,000 deaths, and is the leading cause of adult disability. Know the warning signs of stroke.

The Washington University Stroke Section, under the direction of Jin-Moo Lee, MD, PhD is one of the oldest dedicated stroke centers in the country.

Established in 1994, the Center has one of the lowest rates of complications in the U.S., resulting in significantly reduced disability because of their multidisciplinary approach. The Stroke Center is a Joint Commission certified primary stroke center, meeting national standards for rapid response of acute stroke patients and evidence-based care.

Protocols developed allow stroke specialists to get to the patient within minutes of arriving at the Emergency Room with therapies like the clot-buster, tPA. An extensive quality control system is constantly benchmarking the Center's performance against national standards, and a regular review process evaluates care quality, making systematic changes when necessary.

Emergency Room and Inpatient Care

Dedicated stroke care starts in the emergency room and continues through inpatient hospitalization and rehabilitation. The following multidisciplinary team of stroke specialists includes stroke neurologists, emergency medicine physicians, neurointensivists, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, and stroke rehabilitation physicians:

Stroke Neurologists
David Carpenter, MD
Amar Dhand, MD, DPhil
Andria Ford, MD
Jin-Moo Lee, MD, PhD
Renee Van Stavern, MD 
Allyson Zazulia, MD
Emergency Medicine Stroke Physicians
Peter Panagos, MD
David Tan, MD

Michael Diringer, MD
Rajat Dhar, MD
Michael Rubin, MD

Vascular Neurosurgeons
Ralph Dacey Jr, MD 
Michael Chiccoine, MD
Keith Rich, MD 
Gregory Zipfel, MD 

Interventional Neuroradiologists
DeWitte Cross III, MD 
Colin Derdeyn, MD
Christopher Moran, MD  

Stroke Rehabilitation Physicians
Maurizio Corbetta, MD
Alexandre Carter, MD, PhD
Thy Huskey, MD

Following inpatient discharge, the comprehensive outpatient stroke clinic continues care in the outpatient setting.

Outpatient Stroke Care


Referrals are accepted from primary care physicians, attending physicians, and patients. More than 5,000 patients have benefited from medical treatment and rehabilitation at the Stroke Center since it began operation in 1994.

Patients are seen at the Center for Advanced Medicine.

Stroke neurology specialists see patients at the clinic, and consult with vascular neurosurgeons and interventional neuroradiologists as needed.

The Washington University Advantage

  • The Stroke Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital evaluates and treats acute stroke victims within minutes of arrival, 24 hours a day.
  • Our stroke physicians are more experienced with tPA (clot buster therapy) in acute stroke patients than any other hospital in St. Louis.
  • A dedicated NNICU (Neurology and Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit) is among the best in the country.
  • Our integrated, multidisciplinary team approach to stroke care provides patients with efficient evaluation, comprehensive treatment and complete discharge planning.
  • A system of outpatient stroke and stroke rehab clinics optimize stroke prevention strategies and community re-entry.
  • On-going clinical trials in acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, as well as stroke prevention, mean patients will have access to the latest stroke treatments.
  • The Stroke Center website provides up-to-date stroke information for health care professionals and the public.

Clinical Trials for Stroke Patients
Washington University is involved in a large number of ongoing studies for stroke patients, both for acute stroke, as well as stroke prevention. Participating in trials gives patients access to new therapies not generally available, as well as helping further our knowledge about stroke and how to manage it. For more information about participation or referring a patient for a trial, contact the
Clinical Trial Coordinator at (314) 747-3795


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