Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center
Stroke Prevention & Treatment Center
The BMC Stroke Prevention and Treatment Center is dedicated to providing the most advanced techniques and technologies to foster better outcomes for stroke care. The Stroke Center emphasizes acute intervention and is engaged in clinical trials with the goal of optimizing outcomes for stroke patients.
As a certified Stroke Center, we provide rapid response in diagnosing and treating a wide range of stroke patients. Advanced radiologic techniques such as CT angiography, diffusion and perfusion MR imaging, cerebral angiography and intra-arterial interventions are available to aid in quick, accurate diagnosis and treatment. With the advent of the recently positive endovascular trials for acute large vessel occlusion stroke, we strive to constantly improve and optimize the workflow, efficiency, and clinical outcomes of these patients with multidisciplinary teamwork. Feedback after every case is sought to improve our communication with EMS or referring hospitals, our times to treatment and clinical outcomes (see cases below).
In addition, our highly-specialized team of stroke experts collaborate at all stages of treatment using state-of-the-art research and technology available. Therapies include medical treatments, advanced neurosurgical techniques, and interventional neuroradiology procedures. These unique capabilities are essential to the realization of our ultimate goal — to provide outstanding stroke care to our patients and our community.
Stroke Survivor Support Group Meetings
The Neurology Department Stroke Service at Boston University Medical Center hosts a monthly Stroke Survivor Support Group. Each meeting features guest speakers from BMC or from within the local Boston community. Caregivers are welcome and encouraged to join us.
- Carlos S. Kase, MD
- Viken Babikian, MD
- José Rafael Romero, MD
- Thanh Nguyen, MD, FRCPC
- Hugo Javier Aparicio, MD
- Anna Cervantes, MD
- Ana Beesen, MD
- Melissa Mercado, MD
- Courtney Takahashi, MD MCR
- Varun Naragum, MD
- Sumeet Multani, MD
Boston Med Flight is a non-profit organization that transports patients in need of medical attention, regardless of their ability to pay and is financially supported in part by a number of Boston hospitals.
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Campbell CV, Mitchell PJ, Kleinig et al. Endovascular Therapy for Ischemic Stroke with Perfusion-Imaging Selection. N Engl J Med. February 11, 2015
Berkhemer OA, Fransen PSS, Beumer D... Dippel WJ et al. A randomized trial of intraarterial treatment for acute ischemic stroke. N Engl J Med 2015;372:11-20.
Smith EE, Hassan KA, Fang J, Selchen D, Kapral MK, Saposnik G, on behalf of the Investigators of the Registry of the Canadian Stroke Network (RCSN) for the Stroke Outcome Research Canada (SORCan) Working Group. Do all ischemic stroke subtypes benefit from organized inpatient stroke care? NEUROLOGY 2010;75:456-462
Saver JL, Jahan R, Levy EI, Jovin TG, Baxter B, Nogueira RG, Clark W, Budzik R, Zaidat OO; SWIFT Trialists. Solitaire flow restoration device versus the Merci Retriever in patients with acute ischaemic stroke (SWIFT): a randomised, parallel-group, non-inferiority trial. Lancet 2012;380(9849):1241-9.
Nogueira RG, Lutsep HL, Gupta R, Jovin TG, Albers GW, Walker GA, Liebeskind DS, Smith WS; TREVO 2 Trialists. Trevo versus Merci retrievers for thrombectomy revascularisation of large vessel occlusions in acute ischaemic stroke (TREVO 2): a randomised trial. Lancet 2012;380(9849):1231-40.