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Lee H. Schwamm, MD

  • Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology
  • Director, MGH Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Director, MGH Center for TeleHealth


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Centers & Specialties

Vascular Center

Clinical Interests
  • Stroke and cerebrovascular disease
  • Stroke prevention
  • Stroke in the young
  • Primary and secondary stroke prevention
  • Cryptogenic stroke and unusual causes of stroke
  • patent foramen ovale (PFO) related stroke, migraine, etc
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Stroke and TIA
  • Stroke Imaging
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • 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
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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. 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 >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 TeleStroke Network, currently serving 52  hospitals in 7 states, and the AHA’s Get With the Guidelines-Stroke, the world largest stroke registry with >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.


Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Schwamm is the author of over 300 publications in the field of cerberovascular disease, with works published in the major academic journals in the field. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Stroke and Neurocritical Care. 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.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events

  • Research Roundup - February 2019

    Research at the MGH is interwoven throughout more than 30 departments, centers and units and is conducted with the support and guidance of the MGH Research Institute. The Research Roundup is a monthly series highlighting studies, news and events.

  • Virtual video visits may improve patient convenience without sacrificing quality of care, communication

    A team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital reports that virtual video visits, one form of telehealth visit used at the hospital, can successfully replace office visits for many patients without compromising the quality of care and communication.

  • A new kind of heroism

    As a child, Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, wanted to grow up to be a superhero. More specifically, a doctor.

  • 30x30 Stop Stroke Challenge: Exercise 30 minutes for 30 days

    The MGH has kicked off its second annual 30x30 Stop Stroke Challenge, aimed at helping prevent stroke and increase physical and mental well-being.

  • Imaging may allow safe tPA treatment of patients with unwitnessed strokes

    A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators may lead to a significant expansion in the number of stroke patients who can safely be treated with intravenous tPA, the "clot busting" drug that has greatly reduced stroke-related disability and deaths in eligible patients.

  • New bill to increase access to care for stroke patients

    Hard work pays off, and health institutions and stroke patients all over the country will soon find out how. The Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act was recently signed into law.

  • Vascular Imaging Optimizes Triage of Stroke Patients for Lifesaving Endovascular Thrombectomy

    If vascular imaging information is available at a referring hospital 50% of patients should receive EVT of those intended for it.

  • The Ins and Outs of a Comprehensive Stroke Center: What Does It Mean?

    The Joint Commission recently certified Massachusetts General Hospital as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. This certification is designed to recognize the specific capabilities of hospitals that can treat the most complex stroke case. Mass General is the first hospital in Massachusetts to receive this certification.

  • Take the challenge: Get fit and have fun

    To celebrate May as Stroke Awareness Month, the MGH Neurology Department will launch a #30x30StopStroke challenge with a goal of getting as many staff as possible to exercise 30 minutes a day for 30 days.

  • Mass General receives awards for exceptional stroke care

    Massachusetts General Hospital has received two awards from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

  • Care team honored at fourth annual Stroke Breakfast Gala

    About 7:15 AM on Jan. 7, now 54-year-old Jang-Ho Cha, MD, PhD, translational medicine head for Neuroscience at Novartis, was going through his morning routine. Cha walked downstairs in his Boston home, made a pot of coffee, took a shower and put his contact lenses in. It was when he began brushing his teeth that he noticed something was wrong.

  • Let the challenge begin

    It has been about 140 days since Lee Schwamm, MD, executive vice chairman of the Department of Neurology and director of Stroke Services, began exercising every single day for at least 30 minutes per day.

  • 'What matters in the end'

    December marked five years since the launch of the Robert Leffert, MD, Memorial Lecture: Living Well in the Face of Serious Illness.

  • Testifying in support of TeleStroke

    As the momentum of TeleStroke grows, MGH doctors are supporting ways to expand this treatment to more patients - including testifying before the U.S. Senate in support of the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act.

  • Supporting Stroke Services

    Lee H. Schwamm, MD, executive vice chairman of Neurology and director of the Mass General Stroke Service, shares information about strokes, warning signs and advances in stroke care.

  • Earlier tPA Treatment for Ischemic Stroke

    Massachusetts General Hospital researchers joined hospitals from around the country to demonstrate the effectiveness of a treatment for ischemic stroke and create a set of standards to expedite treatment delivery.

  • Every second counts

    When it comes to treating stroke patients, every second counts.

  • Safe landing

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

  • Use of tPA for ischemic stroke nearly doubled from 2003 to 2011

    Use of the "clot-busting" drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to treat patients with strokes caused by a blockage of blood flow nearly doubled between 2003 and 2011, but not all eligible patients are receiving the potentially life-saving therapy.

  • TeleStroke: Real-time Resources for Better Patient Care

    Through the TeleStroke network, 30 emergency departments across the northeast have real-time access to stroke experts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Mass General receives top honor for stroke patients’ quality of care

    Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has received a top honor from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for its commitment to improving its quality of care to stroke patients. The “2013 Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence (SCORE) Defect-Free Care Award” recognizes the MGH for providing defect-free care to more than 80 percent of patients admitted with stroke over the course of a year

  • Leffert lecture addresses aging population

    The second annual Robert Leffert, MD, Palliative Care Memorial Lecture took place Nov. 27 in the O’Keeffe Auditorium, featuring Christine Ritchie, MD, Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professor for Clinical and Translational Research in Aging in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California San Francisco.

  • Robert Leffert, MD, Palliative Care Memorial Lecture established

    To care for Robert Leffert, MD, as he faced a terminal cancer diagnosis, Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, chief of the MGH Palliative Care Service, had to learn about all aspects of who he was – not only an MGH physician and Harvard professor, but also a decorated veteran and kid who grew up in Brooklyn.

  • Care redesign teams move forward with recommendations

    The Partners Strategic Initiative is an ongoing effort to improve care and increase efficiency across all Partners institutions, including the MGH.

  • Acute Stroke Quality Task Force recognizes fastest treatment time

    MGH Hotline 02.04.11 TIME IS BRAIN when it comes to treating stroke.

  • Blacks less likely than whites, Hispanics to get evidence-based stroke care

    Blacks hospitalized with the most common type of stroke are less likely than white or Hispanic patients to receive evidence-based stroke care, according to a new study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

  • MGH receives GWTG-Stroke gold award

    MGH Hotline 07.31.09 Massachusetts General Hospital has struck gold once again with the 2009 Get With The Guidelines (GWTG)-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award, sponsored by the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.

  • Videoconferencing can increase patient access to stroke specialists

    Massachusetts General Hospital neurologist Dr. Lee Schwamm leads a national policy endorsing telestroke as an effective means of stroke evaluation.

  • Videoconferencing can increase patient access to stroke specialists

    High-quality videoconferencing can increase patient access to stroke specialists; and a transient ischemic attack, once known as a “mini” or “warning” stroke, should be treated with the same urgency as a full-blown stroke, according to two separate statements published today in Stroke.

  • Home for Christmas

    One year ago, a team of intensive care experts at Massachusetts General Hospital collaborated to save Karla Leavenworth's life.



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Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-8459
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