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J Philip Kistler, MD

Director, Stroke Service

  • Phone: 617-726-8459
Department of Neurology


  • Vascular Center
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests
Acute stroke
Cerebrovascular disease
Stroke prevention
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency, Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Patient Gateway
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Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
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Dr. Kistler was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2006. He was credited for the use of MRI imaging in cerebrovascular disease, which changed the practice of medicine. His more than 77 writings on acute stroke care have been published in many scientific reports. Being P.I. of the BAATAF trial, he provided critical data on the efficacy of warfarin for reducing risk of ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

In August of 2006 The Kistler Stroke Research Center opened its doors. The center provides office space for Stroke Service research groups and is named for Dr. Kistler in recognition of his contributions to the MGH Neurology Service and the field of Stroke Neurology. Dr. Kistler served as the Director of the MGH Stroke Service from 1978 to 2004.

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

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