December 1, 2010

New faculty expand stroke care at Grady

Grady Memorial Hospital emergency entrance

The School of Medicine expands its critical stroke care team with the addition of new physician faculty at the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Memorial Hospital.

"Combining the talents of these doctors with our team, technology and state-of-the-art design of the Center enables Grady to advance its already strong care for stroke patients,” says Michael R. Frankel, professor of neurology and chief of neurology and director of the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center for the Grady Health System.

Two of the new physicians, Rishi Gupta and Raul Noguiera, visiting associate professors of neurology at the School of Medicine, are neurologists and stroke experts with expertise in neuroendovascular procedures and neurocritical care. They will provide minimally invasive treatment of complex neuro-vascular disorders at the Center.

“Emory and Grady have played a critical role in changing the paradigm for stroke care by treating patients with clot busting tPA,” says Frankel. “We are continuing our efforts to evolve the field of stroke care by offering more options to ensure people have a good outcome.”

In the field of interventional neurology, Gupta and Nogueira are on the verge of research breakthroughs that will advance stroke care by intervening and stopping the damage as quickly as possible to improve recovery and minimize disability, Frankel says.

“They are pioneers in how we approach this disease in a minimally invasive and emerging way to open up arteries with catheters and stents and save as much brain as possible in the first few hours of a stroke,” he says.

Rounding out the multi-specialty critical care stroke team at the Marcus Center at Grady are new School of Medicine assistant professors of neurology:

•    Aaron Anderson who will focus his research attention on stroke prevention.  

•    Samir Belagaje who will focus on stroke rehabilitation.  

•    Evan Gedzelman who finished a neurology residency and an epilepsy fellowship.  

•    Leslie Rudzinski who completed a clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy fellowship.

Gedzelman and Rudzinski will provide expertise in EEG services at Grady.

In stroke treatment, every second counts. Grady's multi-specialty approach in caring for persons who have suffered a stroke means treatment begins as soon as they arrive in the emergency room.

In 2005, Grady became the first "safety-net" public hospital in the United States to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

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