Centers & Specialties

Vascular Center

Clinical Interests
  • Stroke and cerebrovascular disease
  • Stroke in the young
  • Primary and secondary stroke prevention
  • Cryptogenic stroke and unusual causes of stroke
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group

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Dr. Lee Schwamm is Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Vice Chairman of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is the Director of Acute Stroke Services. He also acts as Director of the Partners TeleStroke Center, a network which currently provides acute stroke consultation services to 27 rural and community hospitals in Massachusetts and Northern New England. His clinical interests are in Cerebrovascular Diseases, Intensive Care Medicine, Brain Imaging and Applied Healthcare Technology. Dr. Schwamm is a recognized leader in the field on the acute stroke treatment, stroke advocacy, and in the use of telemedicine and other technology strategies to improve the quality of stroke care. He has played a pivotal role in the development and leadership of the American Heart Association's National Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program, and is currently chair of the national steering committee. He also serves as a consultant or technical expert to the Massachusetts Dept of Public Health, the CDC's Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry, the Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center program, National Quality Forum and Canadian Stroke Registry.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Schwamm is the author of over 100 publications in the field of cerberovascular disease, with works published in the major academic journals in the field. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Stroke and Neurocritical Care. His research has been funded by Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, the Aetna Foundation, Dana Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The US Dept of HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Massachusetts Department of Public Health, CIMIT and the Department of the Army.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

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News & Events

  • Testifying in support of TeleStroke

    As the momentum of TeleStroke grows, MGH doctors are supporting ways to expand this treatment to more patients - including testifying before the U.S. Senate in support of the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act.

  • Supporting Stroke Services

    Lee H. Schwamm, MD, executive vice chairman of Neurology and director of the Mass General Stroke Service, shares information about strokes, warning signs and advances in stroke care.

  • Earlier tPA Treatment for Ischemic Stroke

    Massachusetts General Hospital researchers joined hospitals from around the country to demonstrate the effectiveness of a treatment for ischemic stroke and create a set of standards to expedite treatment delivery.

  • Every second counts

    When it comes to treating stroke patients, every second counts.

  • Mass General recognized for stroke care

    Massachusetts General Hospital is the recipient of the 2014 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. These awards, sponsored by the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association, recognize hospitals that provide the highest quality stroke care.

  • Safe landing

    Linda Keir was flying over the Atlantic Ocean when she felt her heart begin to beat abnormally.

  • Use of tPA for ischemic stroke nearly doubled from 2003 to 2011

    Use of the "clot-busting" drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to treat patients with strokes caused by a blockage of blood flow nearly doubled between 2003 and 2011, but not all eligible patients are receiving the potentially life-saving therapy.

  • TeleStroke: Real-time Resources for Better Patient Care

    Through the TeleStroke network, 30 emergency departments across the northeast have real-time access to stroke experts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Mass General receives top honor for stroke patients' quality of care

    Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has received a top honor from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for its commitment to improving its quality of care to stroke patients. The "2013 Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence (SCORE) Defect-Free Care Award" recognizes the MGH for providing defect-free care to more than 80 percent of patients admitted with stroke over the course of a year

  • Upping the Odds of Stroke Recovery

    Emergency room doctors face a quandary when a patient rolls in with a stroke: is it due to a clot blocking the brain's blood supply (ischemic) or to a burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic)?

  • Leffert lecture addresses aging population

    The second annual Robert Leffert, MD, Palliative Care Memorial Lecture took place Nov. 27 in the O'Keeffe Auditorium, featuring Christine Ritchie, MD, Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professor for Clinical and Translational Research in Aging in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California San Francisco.

  • Robert Leffert, MD, Palliative Care Memorial Lecture established

    To care for Robert Leffert, MD, as he faced a terminal cancer diagnosis, Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, chief of the MGH Palliative Care Service, had to learn about all aspects of who he was – not only an MGH physician and Harvard professor, but also a decorated veteran and kid who grew up in Brooklyn.

  • Care redesign teams move forward with recommendations

    The Partners Strategic Initiative is an ongoing effort to improve care and increase efficiency across all Partners institutions, including the MGH.

  • Acute Stroke Quality Task Force recognizes fastest treatment time

    MGH Hotline 02.04.11 TIME IS BRAIN when it comes to treating stroke.

  • Blacks less likely than whites, Hispanics to get evidence-based stroke care

    Blacks hospitalized with the most common type of stroke are less likely than white or Hispanic patients to receive evidence-based stroke care, according to a new study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

  • MGH receives GWTG-Stroke gold award

    MGH Hotline 07.31.09 Massachusetts General Hospital has struck gold once again with the 2009 Get With The Guidelines (GWTG)-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award, sponsored by the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.

  • Videoconferencing can increase patient access to stroke specialists

    Massachusetts General Hospital neurologist Dr. Lee Schwamm leads a national policy endorsing telestroke as an effective means of stroke evaluation.

  • Videoconferencing can increase patient access to stroke specialists

    High-quality videoconferencing can increase patient access to stroke specialists; and a transient ischemic attack, once known as a "mini" or "warning" stroke, should be treated with the same urgency as a full-blown stroke, according to two separate statements published today in Stroke.

  • Home for Christmas

    One year ago, a team of intensive care experts at Massachusetts General Hospital collaborated to save Karla Leavenworth's life.



Neurology & Stroke Services
15 Parkman Street
Boston MA, 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-8459
Fax: 617-726-5043

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