Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. The UCLA Comprehensive Stroke and Vascular Neurology Program is one of the leading centers in the world for clinical care and research in cerebrovascular disease. The program's mission is to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art neurologic care for patients with cerebrovascular disease and innovate, through research, new methods to diagnose and treat stroke.
The UCLA Stroke and Vascular Neurology Outpatient Clinic provides comprehensive evaluation and ambulatory treatment for patients with cerebrovascular disorders, including transient ischemic attacks, carotid artery stenosis, vertebrobasilar artery stenosis, cardioembolic stroke, lacunar stroke cerebral hemorrhage, cerebral vascular malformations, stroke in the young, cerebral artery dissection, moyamoya disease, cerebral vasculitis, hypercoagulable states, and related conditions.
When a stroke occurs, minutes matter. The UCLA Brain Attack Team responds 24 hours per day 365 days a year, providing immediate evaluation and treatment when a patient comes to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Patients are admitted to the dedicated, state-of-the-art UCLA Acute Stroke Unit, the first dedicated inpatient unit for stroke care in the state of California. Advanced brain and vessel imaging, continuous physiologic monitoring, and cutting-edge recanalization and neuroprotective therapies are employed to resuscitate threatened brain regions and to optimize stroke prevention regimens.
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UCLA Health is the first medical system in the Western U.S. to offer a mobile stroke unit. The Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) is staffed by a specialty care team comprised of a Stroke Neurologist, Critical Care Transport Nurse, CT Technician, and Paramedic. When an individual calls 911 and says someone is having a stroke, or mentions symptoms that would indicate a potential stroke, our MSU will be dispatched to the scene of the patient alongside another 911 Emergency Response Unit.
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With your help through giving, the UCLA Stroke and Vascular Neurology Program can make possible tremendous strides in the care of patients with neurovascular disease and provide insights into the causes of and potential treatments for cerebrovascular disorders.
You can help make this possible through multi-year pledges, outright gifts, commemorative gifts, planned giving such as trust and bequests, and endowed giving.
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Eric Cheng, MD
Bruce Dobkin, MD (Director)
S. Thomas Carmichael Jr., MD, PhD
David Alexander, MD (Medical Director, California Rehabilitation Institute)
Steve Cramer, MD (Director of Research, California Rehabilitation Institute)
Ahmet Arac, MD
Michael Su, MD (California Rehabilitation Institute)
Insurance and payment information
The UCLA Stroke Center is a provider for Medicare and most major insurance plans. We provide insurance billing. Anything not covered by insurance will be your responsibility. We request payment at the time of your appointment for services that are not covered by insurance. Your insurance company may also require you to pay a co-payment at the time of your appointment. When necessary, our staff will work closely with patients who require a payment plan. If you have any questions regarding which insurance plans we accept or any patient billing concerns, please call us at the phone number below. Questions regarding your coverage and benefits should be directed to your employer or insurance company.
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Clinical trials evaluate the efficacy and safety of promising new strategies for stroke prevention, stroke diagnosis, and stroke treatment. Tremendous advances in understanding the vascular and neural mechanisms of stroke have occurred over the past two decades and are now beginning to be translated into promising new therapies for stroke patients. Positive findings from clinical trials support the approval of new medications or procedures. The UCLA Stroke and Vascular Neurology Program has designed, led, and/or participated in over 100 clinical trials. If you are interested in potentially participating in a stroke trial, please contact the UCLA Stroke Program at 310-794-6379 or send an email to Stroke Trials
The UCLA Vascular Neurology Fellowship was founded in 1996 and expanded to include an ACGME-accredited Vascular Neurology Residency in 2004.
Fellows receive intensive clinical research training in ischemic and hemorrhagic cerebrovascular disease. Core training includes 1) participation a multihospital clinical trial program encompassing novel thrombolytic and mechanical recanalization, cytoprotective, and antithrombotic treatment trials; 2) management of cerebrovascular patients in dedicated stroke unit, neurointensive care unit, emergency department and outpatient settings, 3) performance/interpretation of carotid duplex and transcranial Doppler ultrasound leading to qualification for neurosonology certification. Collaborative research with UCLA's leading interventional neuroradiology and neurovascular surgery services include studies of cerebral angioplasty, catheter administered thrombolysis, vascular malformations, carotid endarterectomy and other conditions. Formal didactic teaching provides additional training in neuroepidemiology, outcomes research, clinical trial design, and biostatistics. Ample additional research opportunities are tailored to fellow interest and, in addition to the above, may include studies of 1) diffusion/perfusion MRI and PET assessment of human cerebral ischemia, 2) oxidative stress in hippocampal slice and whole animal models, 3) neurobehavioral manifestations of cerebrovascular disease, and 4) neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation. The fellowship is designed to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art clinical and research training and a fully competitive academic background.
Contact ss: For further information about the UCLA Vascular Neurology Residency/Fellowship, please contact:
David Liebeskind, MD
Director, UCLA Vascular Neurology Residency/Fellowship Program
710 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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The UCLA Stroke and Vascular Neurology Program performs major interdisciplinary clinical and basic research studies of cerebrovascular disease. Stroke Program members collectively have hold over 20 NIH-NINDS cerebrovascular research grants, as well as multiple grants from the American Stroke/Heart Association and the National Stroke Association. The UCLA Stroke Program administers an extensive clinical trial program at over 40 hospitals in West Los Angeles, encompassing at any one time five to 10 Phase II and Phase III trials of neuroprotective, antithrombotic, thrombolytic, and mechanical endovascular treatment strategies.
UCLA Stroke Neurology Program
710 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Physician Referral Service
Phone: 800-UCLA-MD1 or 800-825-2631