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Boston Medical Center 
Shapiro Center
7th Floor, Suite 7B
725 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118

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Viken Babikian, MD

Co-Director, Stroke Service, Boston Medical Center
Professor of Neurology, Co-Director, Stroke Service
Vascular Neurology Fellowship Director

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Medical School
American University of Beirut, Lebanon (1981)

University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago IL (1984)

Post Residency
Fellowship in (Stroke) Radiology,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA (1986)

Board Certifications
Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Special Interests
Stroke; Cerebrovascular disease

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Dr. Viken Babikian received his medical degree at the American University of Beirut. He completed his Neurology residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals and a stroke fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined the Boston University Department of Neurology in 1986. He is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Vascular Neurology Residency at Boston University, and Co-Director of the Stroke Service at the Boston Medical Center.

Dr. Babikian's main research interests have been brain embolism, neuroimaging in stroke and the treatment of cerebrovascular disorders. He has been involved in more than 20 clinical research studies. He has published more than 125 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and edited four medical textbooks, all concerning cerebrovascular disorders. Dr. Babikian has also extensively lectured throughout the world, with more than 100 extramural lectures.

Dr. Babikian is a Fellow of the American Heart Association Stroke Council, the American Academy of Neurology, and the European Stroke Council. He has received the Golden Heart Award from the VA Boston Healthcare System, and an Honorable Professor Diploma by the Georgian State Medical Academy. He has served or continues to serve on the advisory committees of national professional organizations, and is a member of several medical societies including the American Neurological Association and the National Stroke Association.

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Selected publications

Lau H, Coffey C, Kase CS, Babikian VL, Pikula A, Romero JR, Nguyen T, Benavente OR, on behalf of the SPS3 investigators. Clinical Trial Participation and Health Behavior Modification: Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes (SPS3). J Neurological Disorders and Stroke. February 6, 2015.

Romero JR, Lau H, Winters MR, Pikula A, Nguyen TN, Kase CS, Babikian VL. Disparities in acute stroke care: role of race and insurance status. Global J of Epid and Public Health (Dec 2014); 1(2): 35-41.

Shoamanesh A, Masoud H, Furey K, Duerfeldt K, Lau H, Romero JR, Pikula A, Teal P, Nguyen TN, Kase CS, Babikian VL. Larger a1/m1 diameter ratio predicts embolic anterior cerebral artery territorial stroke. Stroke 2014;45(9):2798-800

Nguyen TN, Babikian VL, Romero JR, Pikula A, Kase CS, Jovin TG, Norbash AM. Intra-arterial treatment methods in acute stroke therapy. Frontiers in Endovascular and Interventional Neurology 2011;2:1-10.

Petrea RE, Koyfman F, Pikula A, Romero JR, Viereck J, Babikian VL, Kase CS, Nguyen TN. Acute Stroke, Catheter Related Venous Thrombosis, and Paradoxical Cerebral Embolism: Report of Two Cases. J Neuroimaging 2011;31.


Babikian VL, Nguyen TN. Improving outcome of acute revascularization procedures. Stroke 2010;41:577.

Karakis I, Nguyen TN, Babikian VL, Norbash A. Balloon angioplasty of the anterior cerebral artery A2 segment for recurrent, symptomatic atherosclerotic disease. Journal of Neurosurgery 2010;112(3):582-4

Romero JR, Frey JL, Schwamm LH, Demaerschalk BM, Chaliki HP, Parikh G, Burke RF, Babikian VL. Cerebral ischemic events associated with 'bubble study' for identification of right to left shunts. Stroke 2009;40(7):2343-8.

Romero JR,  Pikula A, Nguyen TN,  Nien YL,  Norbash A, Babikian VL. Cerebral Collateral Circulation in Carotid Artery Disease. Current Cardiology Reviews 2009;5(4):279-288.

Romero JR, Sakai O, Berlik MM, Babikian VLIntracranial hemorrhage sparing meningioma in anticoagulated patient. J Neuroimaging 2007;17:246-250.

Romero JR, Babikian VL, Katz DI, Finklestein SP. Neuroprotection and stroke rehabilitation: Modulation and enhancement of recovery. Behavioral Neurology 2006;17:17 - 24.

Rudolph JL, Tilahun D, Treanor PR, Pochay VE, Mahendrakar MA, Sagar P, Babikian VL. Use of a large bore syringe creates significantly fewer high intensity transient signals (HITS) into cardiopulmonary bypass system than a small bore syringe. Perfusion 2006;21:67-71.

Babikian VL, Wolf PA. Retinal and cerebral microembolism during on and off pump CABG. Circulation 2005;112:3816-3817.

Kahn JH, Viereck J, Kase CS, Jeerakathil T, Romero R, Mehta S, Kociol R, Babikian VL. The use of intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator in acute ischemic stroke. J Em Med 2005;29:273-277.

Rudolph JL, Babikian VL, Birjiniuk V, Crittenden MD, Treanor PR, Pochay VE, Khuri SF, Marcantonio ER. Atherosclerosis is associated with delirium after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005;53:462-466.

Lipsitz LA, Gagnon M, Vyas M, Iloputaife I, Kiely DK, Sorond F, Serrador J, Babikian V, Cupples A. Antihypertensive therapy increases cerebral blood flow and carotid distensibility in elderly subjects with systolic hypertension. J Em Med 2005;29:273-277.

Krejza J, Zenon M, Nowacka A, Elias MR, Babikian VL Influence of 17-beta-estradiol on cerebrovascular impedance during menstrual cycle in women. J Neurol Sci 2004;221:61 - 67.

Wijman CAC, Gomes JA, Winter MR, Koleini B, Matjucha ICA, Pochay VE, Babikian VL Symptomatic and asymptomatic retinal embolism have different mechanisms. Stroke 2004;35:e100-e102.

Sloan MA, Alexandrov AV, Tegeler CH, Spencer MP, Caplan LR, Feldmann E, Wechsler LR, Newell DW, Gomez CR, Babikian VL, Lefkowitz D, Goldman RS, Armon C, Hsu CY, Goodin DS Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography. Report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology 2004;62:1468 - 1481.

Duran E, Merkel PA, Sweet S, Swan N, Babikian VL ANCA-associated small vessel vasculitis presenting with ischemic optic neuropathy. Neurology 2004;62:152-153.

Durán-Ferreras E, Schoeck AP, Barest GD, Viereck JC, Babikian VL, Kase CS. Overestimation of the degree of stenosis in the intracranial internal carotid artery determined by magnetic resonance angiography compared to conventional arteriography. Rev Neurol. 2003 Oct 16-31;37(8):730-2. Spanish.

Krejza J, Siemkowicz J, Sawicka M, Szylak A, Kochanowicz J, Mariak Z, Lewko J, Spektor V, Babikian V, Bert R Oscillations of cerebrovascular resistance throughout the menstrual cycle in healthy women. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 22:627 - 632, 2003.

The Warfarin Aspirin Symptomatic Intracranial Disease (WASID) Trial Investigators (member): Design, progress and challenges of a double-blind trial of warfarin versus aspirin for symptomatic intracranial arterial stenosis. Neuroepidemiology 22:106 - 117, 2003.

Aly A, Babikian VL, Barest G, Artinian M, Forteza A, Kase CS Brain microembolism. J Neuroimaging 13:140 - 146, 2003

Babikian VL, Wijman CAC Brain embolism monitoring with transcranial Doppler. Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine 5:221 - 232, 2003

Anderson DC, Kappelle LJ, Eliasziw M, Babikian VL, Pearce LA, Barnett HJM Occurrence of hemispheric and retinal ischmia in atrial fibrillation versus carotid stenosis. Stroke 33:1963 -1968, 2002

Jabre A, Babikian V, Powsner RA, Spatz EL Role of single photon emission computed tomography and transcranial Doppler ultrasonography in clinical vasospasm. J Clin Neuroscience 9:400 - 403, 2002 

Gomes JA, Robins SJ, Babikian VL Treatment of lipid disorders after stroke. Current Atherosclerosis Reports 4:304 - 310, 2002

Mouradian M, Wijman CAC, Tomasian D, Davidoff R, Koleini B, Babikian VL Echocardiographic findings of patients with retinal ischemia or embolism. J Neuroimaging 12:219 - 223, 2002

Romano JG, Forteza AM, Concha M, Koch S, Campo-Bustillo I, Campo N, Heros RC, Morcos JJ, Babikian VL Detection of microemboli by transcranial Doppler in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurgery 50:1026 - 1031, 2002

Krejza J, Mariak Z, Babikian VL Importance of angle correction in measurement of blood flow velocity with transcranial Doppler sonography. AJNR 22:1743 - 1747, 2001

Gomes J, Wu CK, Schauble B, Winter MR, Chamlian V, Allen NC, Babikian VL Diagnosis of hyperlipidemia and treatment with a statin in the outpatient stroke clinic. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2001;10:132-134.

Babikian VL Cantelmo NL Cerebrovascular monitoring during carotid endarterectomy. Stroke 2000;31:1799-1801.

Babikian VL, Feldmann E, Wechsler LR, Newell DW, Gomez CR, Bogdahn U, Caplan LR, Spencer MP, Tegeler C, Ringelstein EB, Alexandrov AV Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography. Year 2000 Update. J Neuroimaging 2000;10:101-115.


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