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.