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Natalia Sana Rost, MD

Director, Acute Stroke Service

Director, Acute Stroke Quality Taskforce

  • Phone: 617-726-8459
Department of Neurology


  • Vascular Center
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests
Cerebrovascular disease
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Boston University School of Medicine
Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fellowship, 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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Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Natalia Rost is MGH Stroke Neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rost received her M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine cum laude and completed her Internship in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (2003), and Residency in Neurology (2006) as well as Fellowship in Vascular and Critical Care Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women's Hospital (2007).  Dr. Rost is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Director of the MGH Acute Stroke Services.

Dr. Rost has devoted her career as clinician-scientist to neuroimaging of acute stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases, the role of genetics in susceptibility to acute cerebral ischemia, and outcome prediction in patients with acute stroke. She has had continuous NIH and foundation support in this area of research throughout her career, including National Stroke Association, Bugher Foundation of the American Heart Association, K23 Career Development Award, and an R01 from the NIH/NINDS.

Dr. Rost's professional career path is inspired by her daily involvement in care of patients with acute stroke.  As part of this work, Dr. Rost directs the MGH Acute Stroke Quality Taskforce.  She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and a co-author of the "Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Neurology."  Dr. Rost is Chair of the Education Committee of the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Care; Vice Chair of the Science Committee of the American Academy of Neurology; and Assistant Editor of the journal STROKE.


Dr. Rost dedicated her professional career to clinical care of stroke patients and reducing the burden of post-stroke disability through creative approaches to clinical investigation.  Her research interests and expertise are in the field of neuroimaging of cerebrovascular disease, genetics and genomics of stroke, and outcome prediction in patients with acute stroke. Dr. Rost has received her Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2011



View my most recent publications at PubMed

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Surviving a brain stem stroke

Stroke is one of the leading causes of serious, long-term disability in the United States. The Stroke Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital Vascular Center successfully treat one of emergency medicine’s toughest stroke cases.

Overcoming the odds

MGH Hotline 5.28.10

Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Systemic Cardiovascular Disease

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present a dynamic symposium on systemic cardiovascular disease.

‘Together to end stroke’

Natalia Rost, MD, MPH, addressed the importance of a statewide approach to treating stroke patients during the American Heart Association’s Stroke Lobby Day event, “Together to End Stroke,” on Feb. 25 at the Massachusetts State House.

Safe landing

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

Leading the charge in stroke care

The MGH Acute Stroke Care Team was honored at the MGH Acute Stroke Gala Breakfast.

Advanced Technologies: When, Who, Why? Patient Selection to Optimize Therapeutic Outcomes

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present their experience and provide a practical guide to clinical decision making for patients with heart failure, pulmonary embolism and cardiogenic stroke.

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

Phone: 617-726-8459