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About the Center

We are proud to share that the Joint Commission has named Massachusetts General Hospital as the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in the state of Massachusetts.

This certification is designed to recognize the specific capabilities of hospitals that can treat the most complex stroke case, and demonstrates Massachusetts General Hospital’s continuous commitment to advancing the care of stroke patients in Boston, New England and nationwide. Our groundbreaking research and excellent clinical care will continue to impact the lives of patients, restore hope and prevent the disability associated with stroke.

If you or a family member arrive at Mass General as soon as stroke symptoms occur, we will provide immediate evaluation of your symptoms to determine if stroke is a possibility, quick imaging and timely treatment for people who meet the criteria for acute treatments. Our goal is to treat as quickly as possible to be able to help you achieve your best functional outcome post stroke.

Our Mission

Our mission reflects Mass General’s commitment to patient care, research and teaching. We aim to provide the best possible care for patients with cerebrovascular disease, and to conduct cutting edge scientific research to improve stroke prevention, acute stroke management, and stroke recovery. Furthermore, we educate fellows, residents, medical students, and peers to provide state of the art care.

Treatment Approach

We provide high quality, integrated clinical care to all stroke patients hospitalized at Mass General in all phases of care from prevention to acute intervention and recovery. Our multidisciplinary stroke team includes vascular neurologists, Emergency Department physicians, neurosurgeons, radiologists, nurses, pharmacists, rehabilitation therapy professionals, case managers and social workers to provide evidence-based treatment for the most complex stroke cases. Special programs are led by faculty in:

  • Stroke in the Young;
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke;
  • Stroke Prevention;
  • Cerebrovascular Ultrasound;
  • Cardio-Neurology;
  • Pediatric Stroke;
  • Rehabilitation and Recovery;
  • Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology;
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia, and
  • TeleNeurology Virtual Visits.

Faculty

Our faculty members are nationally recognized leaders in the field of stroke who have guided the development of the field for decades, and hold multiple foundation, and federal grants across a wide spectrum of topics from disease biology to translational therapeutics. Former graduates of the program lead many of the major academic vascular neurology programs in the U.S. and internationally. Meet our leadership.

Our Leadership

Our leaders, backed by a team of countless dedicated healthcare professionals, cover the entire spectrum of cerebrovascular care.

Lee Schwamm, MDa

Lee Schwamm, MD
Director, MGH Comprehensive Stroke Center

Biography

Dr. Schwamm graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his neurology residency and subsequent NeuroCritical Care and Vascular Neurology fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and C. Miller Fisher Chair of Vascular Neurology at MGH, where he is Executive Vice Chairman of Neurology, Chief of the Stroke Division, and Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Center for TeleHealth. He serves as co-chair of the Innovation Council, and Chair of Stroke Quality for Partners Healthcare. He is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed articles, and chaired many of the current practice guidelines for stroke and telehealth-enabled care delivery. He has received numerous awards for innovation, leadership and advocacy in the field of stroke. His pioneering work includes leadership of the first large-scale and longest-running national TeleNeurology Network, currently serving 52 hospitals in 7 states, and the AHA’s Get With the Guidelines-Stroke, the world largest stroke registry with over 4.7 million patient records. His clinical interests are in cerebrovascular diseases, telehealth and clinical trials, and he is a recognized leader in the fields of acute stroke treatment, stroke systems of care, health services research, and telehealth. His research has been funded by numerous organizations, including Harvard, MIT, NIBIB, NINDS, CDC, PCORI AHRQ, HRSA and the Department of the Army. He is a long-standing and dedicated AHA volunteer who currently chairs or co-chairs the Quality Oversight Committee, Healthcare Accreditation Science Committee, Brain Health & Healthy Aging Taskforce, and Mission-Lifeline Stroke and serves on numerous other scientific and AHA Board subcommittees.


Natalia Rost, MD

Natalia Rost, MD
Associate Director, MGH Comprehensive Stroke Center

Biography

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.


Aman Patel, MD

Aman Patel, MD
Associate Director, MGH Comprehensive Stroke Center

Biography

Aman B. Patel, MD is a neurosurgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital specializing in the treatment of cerebral aneurysms, vascular malformations and stroke. He is the director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery and co-director of the Neuroendovascular Program, leading a multidisciplinary group focused on cerebrovascular treatments.

Dr. received his medical degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed his residency at UCLA Medical Center, where he also was a fellow in the Interventional Neuroradiology program. Dr. Patel was recently at Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he served as Full Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology, director Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery, co-director of the Stroke Program, vice-chairman Department of Neurosurgery and Program Director of the Neurosurgery Residency Program.

Dr. Patel has served on committees of several national organizations, including the Joint Cerebrovascular Section, American Heart Association (AHA), International Stroke Conference, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress Neurological Surgeons and Society of Neuro-Interventional Surgeons. He was a member of the AHA writing group that established guidelines for the treatment of patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage. He has published on topics related cerebral aneurysms, vascular malformations and stroke, and presents internationally on these areas.


Judy Clark

Judith Welch Clark, RN

Quality and Compliance Manager- MGH Comprehensive Stroke Center

Biography

Judy graduated from Saint Joseph’s College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has a long-standing commitment to decreasing disability from Stroke by improving transitions of care, implementing processes that decrease time to acute stroke treatment, and following patients throughout the care continuum to empower them to reach their best possible potential after stroke. Judy joined Mass General Hospital in 2016 to guide the stroke quality and compliance efforts in preparation for the Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. She provides overall program direction and coordination the Comprehensive Stroke Center program, quality metrics and certification.

For her achievements in stroke quality, Judy was the recipient of the AHA Health Care Professional Award in 2012, the SCORE Star Award in 2014, BMC QI Award for Acute Stroke Management through Simulation Training and the BMC QI Award for the Neurology Handbook. She participated with the SCORE Collaborative in the Stroke: Early Intervention = Better Outcomes- Assessing the Effectiveness of Stroke Education Among Skilled Nursing Facility Staff in Massachusetts.

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