Boston Medical Center’s Comprehensive Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center offers a full spectrum of clinical and academic services to provide contemporary treatment for patients with brain, carotid and spinal vascular diseases. We are a multidisciplinary group comprised of stroke neurologists, interventional neuro-radiologists and cerebrovascular neurosurgeons with 24/7 coverage, committed to excellence in patient care, research and education. We achieved Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification from the Joint Commission in 2018. We are located in Boston Medical Center’s beautiful Shapiro Center in Boston’s historic South End.

FAST is an easy way to identify a possible stroke

FAST - Signs of a Stroke


Clínicas Especializadas


The Neurology Department offers a full spectrum of neurological care, including examination, diagnostic evaluation, consultation, treatment, comprehensive follow-up, and rehabilitation recommendations for disorders of the nervous system.

Tratamientos y Servicios

Protocolo de bobinado

Este es un protocolo de tratamiento y una guía para el tratamiento de la derivación del flujo del aneurisma y del enrollamiento del aneurisma utilizado por nuestro centro.

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CyberKnife para tratar los tumores AVM

Los médicos del Boston Medical Center (BMC) ahora ofrecen a los pacientes una alternativa a la cirugía para tumores y malformaciones arteriovenosas cerebrales (MAV) de difícil acceso. El sistema de radiocirugía robótica CyberKnife es un tratamiento no invasivo para tumores benignos o cancerosos ubicados en casi cualquier parte del cuerpo.

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Cuidado de la columna

La Sección de Neurocirugía Espinal del Boston Medical Center abarca las técnicas más avanzadas para corregir los trastornos quirúrgicos de la columna y la médula espinal.

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Prevención y tratamiento de accidentes cerebrovasculares

El Centro de Tratamiento y Prevención de Accidentes Cerebrovasculares de BMC se dedica a proporcionar las técnicas y tecnologías más avanzadas para fomentar mejores resultados en la atención de los accidentes cerebrovasculares. El Centro de Accidentes Cerebrovasculares hace hincapié en la intervención aguda y participa en ensayos clínicos con el objetivo de optimizar los resultados para los pacientes con accidente cerebrovascular.

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Vertebroplastia (cifoplastia)

La vertebroplastia (cifoplastia) se utiliza para las fracturas por compresión espinal. La osteoporosis es un problema importante para 44 millones de estadounidenses y causa más de 750.000 fracturas por compresión vertebral (FVC) en la columna anualmente. El trauma también puede causar FVC. Estas fracturas provocan dolor de espalda agudo y crónico, pero también se asocian con la inmovilidad del paciente y su morbilidad asociada (trombosis venosa profunda), función respiratoria deteriorada con enfermedad avanzada y dependencia de medicamentos narcóticos.

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Nuestro Equipo

David M Greer, MD

Chief of Neurology

Special Interests

Stroke, spinal disorders, vascular neurology, neurocritical care

James W Holsapple, MD

Chief of Neurosurgery

Special Interests

Adult intracranial tumors, vascular surgery, pediatric neurosurgery

Thanh Nguyen, MD


Special Interests

Interventional neuroradiology, brain aneurysm, stroke, head and neck tumors, carotid and intracranial artery stenosis, subarachnoid hemorrhage, spinal vascular interventions, traumatic carotid and vertebral dissection, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for acute spinal fractures

Jose R Romero, MD


Special Interests

Stroke, cognitive disorders, dementia

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Appointments and Visiting BMC

To schedule an appointment with a health care provider in the Stroke and cerebrovascular Center at the Boston Medical Center campus, please call the provider or department directly. Remember, if you have an emergency, please dial 911.

Brain Aneurysm Second Opinion

We're happy to give a second opinion to patients who are considering brain aneurysm treatment at another hospital. We also support our own patients seeking a second opinion if that provides additional reassurance.

Clinical Instructions

BMC Cerebrovascular and Stroke Center offers a wide variety of tests to diagnose your condition. View this section for a list of test instructions prior to your appointment. You will be able to download and print these instructions from your computer. If you do not see your test, please contact your office location for instructions.

Glossary of Terms

Common terms used in relation to the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center

Insurance and Billing

If you have insurance, we will bill your insurance plan directly. If you have a PPO or HMO insurance plan, we will collect the required co-payment due at the time of visit. If your health plan decides a service is "non-covered," we will bill you, and payment is due when you receive a statement.

Large Vessel Occlusion Stroke

At Boston Medical Center, our Neuroendovascular and Stroke teams are committed to providing rapid, safe and effective treatment of these patients 24/7/365. We value our partnerships with our EMS, ER, Neurology and Hospitalist colleagues at Primary Stroke Centers in identifying these patients early and providing streamlined care of these patients. 


Additional external resources

Patient Rights

Any individual who has concerns about patient care or safety in the organization is encouraged to contact the organization's management at 617.414.4970.

Public Reporting

At Boston Medical Center (BMC), we are dedicated to the highest quality and safest care for our patients. BMC adheres to Stroke Performance and Outcome Measures put forth by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Stroke Patient Information

Our staff is dedicated to making your experience here as pleasant and informative as possible. The links below will help guide you to the information you are looking for. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to call us directly at 617.638.8456.

Stroke Prevention

Stroke is an event that changes life for a person, his/her family and society. Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third cause of death in the United States. Approximately 780,000 new and recurrent strokes occur annually.

Stroke Types and Risks

There are two major types of stroke: hemorrhagic and ischemic. A hemorrhagic stroke refers to bleeding occurring in the brain or in the space surrounding the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage). Although bleeding in other spaces surrounding the brain may occur (subdural, epidural), this is usually not considered a stroke. An ischemic stroke occurs when there is occlusion of a blood vessel, resulting in lack of blood supply to an area of the brain and death of brain tissue (infarction).

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Affiliated Hospitals & Health Centers

The Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Boston Medical Center is pleased to serve as the tertiary affiliate for the following hospitals and provide emergency patient care, quality assurance, education and transfers services as needed, to support the neuroscience programs at these facilities. Please click on an affiliated hospital name below for more information about the hospital.

Trial Endovascular Aneurysm Management

The Trial of Endovascular Aneurysm Management (TEAM) study is the first and currently only large multicentre prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT) of endovascular management of unruptured aneurysm as compared to indefinite deferral of treatment in the world.

Additional Information

Resumen de la Investigación

Información Sobre Residencia y Becas

Stroke and Cerebrovascular Education

The Department of Neurology at Boston Medical Center is affiliated with Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and has a long and distinguished history in both the academic and clinical arenas. Learn about our Vascular Neurology fellowship program.

Stroke and Cerebrovascular Education

To learn about our Neurology residency program, please visit the Neurology section of the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine website.

Grand Rounds Schedule

Vascular Neurology Fellowship

The Vascular Neurology Fellowship has existed at the Boston Medical Center for more than 20 years, and it has trained stroke fellows continuously for more than 10 years. It is ACGME accredited for one year, and fellows are encouraged to stay for a second research year. Up to two fellows are accepted for clinical training each year. Twenty-three fellows have graduated from the program since 1996, with seven completing two-year fellowships. Ten of the graduates have pursued academic careers.

The strengths of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship include extensive involvement in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders, with exposure to patients in the emergency room, inpatient stroke ward and intensive care unit, and outpatient follow-up clinic. The patient population is very diverse, allowing exposure to uncommon conditions. The program is also integrated with interventional neuroradiological and neurosurgical treatment of these patients.

The education of the stroke fellows also includes intensive exposure to neuroradiology and neurosonology, as well as involvement in multicenter clinical trials. Trainees are strongly encouraged to formulate research projects both at the Boston Medical Center and at the Framingham Heart Study under the direction of the stroke faculty. They frequently present their work at national and international meetings and publish their findings in peer-reviewed medical journals. Bedside teaching and weekly didactic lectures supplement their training.


Applications for 2021 should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). A link to the ERAS system can be found on the NRMP website.


Julie G. Shulman, M.D.
Program Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship
Department of Neurology

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
72 East Concord Street, C-3
Boston, MA 02118-2394


Above: Dr. Masoud, Dr. Johnsen, Dr. Catanese and Ms. Clark receive the BMC Quality Improvement award for Acute Stroke Management through Simulation Training.

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As the principal teaching affiliate of Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center is devoted to training future generations of healthcare professionals.  Learn more about Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine.