About Lee Schwamm, MD

Dr. Schwamm graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1991 and completed his neurology residency and subsequent NeuroCritical Care and Vascular Neurology fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1996. He is Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and holds the C. Miller Fisher Chair of Vascular Neurology at MGH and serves as Director of the MGH Center for TeleHealth. He serves as Vice President of Digital Patient Experience and Virtual Care at Mass General Brigham. Clinically, he is a nationally recognized expert in all phases of stroke care. This includes (1) acute stroke treatment and new methods of selecting patients who will benefit from emergency stroke treatments; (2) stroke diagnosis and treatment, with an emphasis on stroke in the young including patent foramen ovale (PFO), unusual causes of stroke including blood clotting disorders or arterial dissection; and (3) stroke prevention, with an emphasis on how to achieve optimal cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of stroke and other major vascular events.   

He is the author of >400 peer-reviewed articles, and has 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 the development and dissemination of telemedicine-enabled stroke care (telestroke) and leadership of clinical care registries to improve stroke quality through the Get with the Guidelines Stroke program which monitors and improves stroke care at over 3000 US hospitals by tracking over 6 million stroke admissions to date. His research has been funded by Harvard, MIT, NIH, CDC, and numerous federal agencies. He serves on the Board of Directors of the AHA as chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee. A list of his peer-reviewed scientific publications can be found online through the National Library of Medicine at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/lee.schwamm.1/bibliography/46841315/public


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Mass General Vascular Center: Stroke Service
55 Fruit St.
Wang Ambulatory Care Center
7th Floor, Suite 720
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-8459

Medical Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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Dr. Schwamm is the author of over 400 publications in the field of cerebrovascular disease, with works published in the major academic journals in the field. He serves on numerous editorial boards of the journals in the field of Stroke. Dr. Schwamm’s research has been funded by numerous sources, including Harvard University/Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aetna Foundation, Dana Foundation, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Agency For Healthcare Research And Quality, Health Resources and Services Agency, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and US Department of the Army.


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