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Lee H. (Lee) Schwamm, MD

Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology

Director, TeleStroke & Acute Stroke Services

  • Phone: 617-726-8459
Department of Neurology


  • Critical Care Center
  • Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
  • Vascular Center
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests
Stroke and cerebrovascular disease
Stroke in the young
Cryptogenic stroke and unusual causes of stroke
Primary and secondary stroke prevention
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Harvard Medical School
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Vascular Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Patient Gateway
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Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


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.


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.

Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, 2011 Part I

Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Past History of MGH Neurology; Overview of MGH Neurology; Telestroke and Acute Stroke Service; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Pediatric Neurology.

A young stroke victim experiences a dramatic recovery

A young stroke victim experiences a dramatic recovery from a life threatening basilar artery occlusion with the help of the Acute Stroke Team and Dr. Aneesh Singhal. Also featuring Dr. Lee Schwamm.

Home for Christmas

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

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.

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.

Acute Stroke Quality Task Force recognizes fastest treatment time

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

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.

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.

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.

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)?

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.

Safe landing

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

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.

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.

Every second counts

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Neurology & Stroke Services
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-726-8459
Fax: 617-726-5043

Neurology & Stroke Services
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-726-8459
Fax: 617-726-5043

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