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Ashkan Shoamanesh, MD

Medical School
McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON

University of British Columbia (UBC), Division of Neurology, Vancouver, BC

Vascular Neurology, Boston Medical Center

Current Position
Assistant Professor, McMaster University

Special Interests
Cerebral Microbleeds, Small Vessel Disease and Intracerebral Hemorrhage

Foreign Languages
Fluent in English, French and Persian, currently learning Spanish

2015 Mordecai Y.T. Globus New Investigator Award in Stroke



Dr. Shoamanesh is a Stroke Neurologist who obtained his Bachelor of Science, from the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 2004 and Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University in 2007. He completed his training in Neurology at the University of British Columbia in 2012, mentored by Dr. Oscar R. Benavente who fostered his interest in cerebrovascular disease research. He subsequently pursued post-graduate clinical training in Vascular Neurology at Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine mentored by Drs. Viken L. Babikian and Carlos S. Kase, as well as research training at the Framingham Heart Study, Boston University School of Medicine, mentored by Drs. Jose R. Romero and Sudha Seshadri, and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, mentored by Drs. Anand Viswanathan and Steven M. Greenberg, as part of the Specialized Programs of Translational Research in Acute Stroke (SPOTRIAS). He joined the Faculty of Medicine at McMaster University in October of 2014 and is Staff Neurologist within Hamilton Health Sciences. Dr. Shoamanesh’s main research focus is the characterization of hemorrhage-prone cerebral small vessel disease and the optimization of clinical care in this patient population.

In 2015, he was awarded the Mordecai Y.T. Globus New Investigator Award in Stroke for his work on cerebral microbleeds and its role in predicting recurrent stroke in the SPS3 trial.



Martinez-Ramirez S, Romero JR, Shoamanesh A, McKee AC, Van Etten E, Pontes-Neto O, Macklin EA, Ayres A, Auriel E, Himali JJ, Beiser AS, DeCarli C, Stein TD, Alvarez VE, Frosch MP, Rosand J, Greenberg SM, Gurol ME, Seshadri S, Viswanathan A. Diagnostic value of lobar microbleeds in individuals without intracerebral hemorrhage. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Jun 12.

Charidimou A, Shoamanesh A. Ethnicity and neuroimaging markers of cerebral small vessel disease: neglected but clinically important. Int J Stroke. 2015 Jun;10(4):E34.

Kwok CS, Shoamanesh A, Copley HC, Myint PK, Loke YK, Benavente OR. Efficacy of Antiplatelet Therapy in Secondary Prevention Following Lacunar Stroke: Pooled Analysis of Randomized Trials. Stroke. 2015 Feb 26.

Charidimou A, Martinez-Ramirez S, Shoamanesh A, Oliveira-Filho J, Frosch M, Vashkevich A, Ayres A, Rosand J, Gurol ME, Greenberg SM, Viswanathan A. Cerebral amyloid angiopathy with and without hemorrhage: Evidence for different disease phenotypes. Neurology. 2015 Feb 25.

Shoamanesh A, Preis SR, Beiser AS, Vasan RS, Benjamin EJ, Kase CS, Wolf PA, DeCarli C, Romero JR, Seshadri S.
Inflammatory biomarkers, cerebral microbleeds, and small vessel disease: Framingham Heart Study. Neurology. 2015 Feb 24

Reijmer YD, Fotiadis P, Martinez-Ramirez S, Salat DH, Schultz A, Shoamanesh A, Ayres AM, Vashkevich A, Rosas D, Schwab K, Leemans A, Biessels GJ, Rosand J, Johnson KA, Viswanathan A, Gurol ME, Greenberg SM. Structural network alterations and neurological dysfunction in cerebral amyloid angiopathy. Brain. 2015 Jan;138(Pt 1):179-88.

Shoamanesh A, Martinez-Ramirez S, Oliveira-Filho J, Reijmer Y, Falcone GJ, Ayres A, Schwab K, Goldstein JN, Rosand J, Gurol ME, Viswanathan A, Greenberg SM. Interrelationship of superficial siderosis and microbleeds in cerebral amyloid angiopathy. Neurology. 2014 Nov 11;83(20):1838-43.

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

Shoamanesh A, Romero JR, Kase CS. Spontaneous cervical spinal epidural hematoma mimicking acute stroke. Can J Neurol Sci 2014;41(4):533-4.

Shoamanesh A, Catanese L, Sakai O, Pikula A, Kase CS. Diffusion-Weighted imaging hyperintensities in intracerebral hemorrhage: Microinfarcts or microbleeds? Ann Neurol. 2013 Jan 29.

Shoamanesh A, Kwok CS, Lim PA, Benavente OR. Postthrombolysis intracranial hemorrhage risk of cerebral microbleeds in acute stroke patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Stroke 2012 [Epub ahead of print]

Boulos MI, Shoamanesh A, Aviv RI, Gladstone DJ, Swartz RH. Severe hypomagnesemia associated with reversible subacute ataxia and cerebellar hyperintensities on MRI. Neurologist 2012;18(4):223-5.

Shoamanesh A. Miller Fisher syndrome following vaccination. Infection 2012;40(1):101-2; author reply 103-4. Epub 2011 Nov 23.

Shoamanesh A, Kwok CS, Benavente O. Cerebral microbleeds: histopathological correlation of neuroimaging. Cerebrovasc Dis 2011;32(6):528-34. Review.

Shoamanesh A, Chapman K, Traboulsee A. Postvaccination Miller Fisher syndrome. Arch Neurol 2011;68(10):1327-9. Review.

Shoamanesh A, Traboulsee A. Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis following influenza vaccination. Vaccine. 2011;29(46):8182-5. Review.



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