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Rost, Natalia Sana, MD

  • Director, Acute Stroke Service
  • Director, Comprehensive Stroke Quality Taskforce
  • Associate Director, MGH Comprehensive Stroke Center


Accepting New Patients




Centers & Specialties

Vascular Center

Clinical Interests
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Stroke
Medical Education
  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology
Foreign Languages
  • Russian
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
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
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • 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

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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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 two R01 from the NIH/NINDS.  She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, a co-author of the "Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Neurology," and the Medical Editor of the Harvard Medical School's Special Health Report on Stroke. 

Dr. Rost's professional career path is continuously inspired by her daily involvement in care of patients with acute stroke.  As part of this work, she directs the MGH Comprehensive Stroke Quality Taskforce and serves as Associate Director of the MGH Comprehensive Stroke Center.  She served as President of the Boston Board of the American Heart/Stroke Association between 2014-2016.  On the national and international level, Dr. Rost serves as Chair of the Science Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, Chair of the Neuroimaging Working Group of the International Stroke Genetics Consortium, and Assistant Editor of the journal STROKE.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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

Please, see Pub Med access to Dr. Rost's publications.

News & Events

  • Leading the charge in stroke care

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

  • Safe landing

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

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • Overcoming the odds

    MGH Hotline 5.28.10

  • 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.


  • Jessica's Story: A Stroke Survivor

    Jessica Diaz had a stroke caused by a small hole in the heart, which had allowed a blood clot to travel to her brain. As a young and active mother of two, Jessica worked with a team of Mass General doctors to not only repair her heart, but determine a treatment plan to minimize future health risks.


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

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