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New England Regional Coordinating Center (NERCC)


New England Regional Coordination Center | Massachusetts General Hospital | JP Kistler Stroke Research Center | 175 Cambridge Street, Suite 300 | Boston, MA 02114 |




The New England Regional Coordination Center (NERCC) is a collaboration of sites encompassing twelve of the top academic medical centers in New England: Massachusetts General Hospital (the Coordinating Site) and eleven satellites: Baystate Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, UMass Memorial Medical Center, and University of Vermont Medical Center. Our RCC serves a large and diverse patient population from across New England, including both a dedicated Children’s Hospital, a Rehabilitation Hospital, and multiple Comprehensive Stroke Centers.  As a region, we have consistently score highly on performance measures developed by the NIH StrokeNet.  Our RCC has made significant contributions across the spectrum of acute, inpatient, and recovery trials.  Made possible by our long history of regional partnership, well-developed stroke services, wide TeleNeurology Network, and experience in a wide array of research activities, the NERCC is committed to recruitment, retention and high quality data capture as a participating NIH StrokeNet center.  Sites in the NERCC are currently involved with ARCADIA, ASPIRE, CREST-2, I-ACQUIRE, MOST, SATURN, Sleep SMART, and TRANSPORT-2.

Lee Schwamm, MD
RCC Principal Investigator
Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology-Harvard Medical School                                                
Phone Number: (617) 724-1597                                                         

Areas of Interest:  Acute Stroke, Telestroke, Primary/Secondary Stroke Prevention 

Aneesh Singhal, MD
RCC Deputy Principal Investigator
Vice-Chair of Neurology, Quality and Safety
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Department of Neurology, Stroke Service                   
Phone Number: (617) 726-8459                                                        

Areas of Interest: Acute Stroke, Stroke Imaging, Stroke Prevention

Natalia Rost, MD
RCC Co-Investigator
Chief, Stroke Division, Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School 
Phone Number: (617) 643-4639                                              
Areas of Interest:  Acute Stroke, Imaging Analysis, Stroke Genetics, Outcome Modeling, Big Data Science

Anand Viswanathan, MD, PhD
RCC Director, Career Enhancement
Director, Partners Telestroke Program
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Phone Number: (617) 726-1728

Areas of Interest: Stroke, Memory Disorders, Cerebral amyloid angiopathy

Devin Qualls, MPH
RCC Manager
Clinical Trials Project Manager
Phone Number:   (617) 726-4271

Qi Li, MD, PhD
2019-2020 NERCC Trainee
Phone Number: (617) 643-3936
Names and Addresses of affiliated Satellites/Performance Sites:

Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut Street, Springfield MA 01199
PI: Gottfried Schlaug, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
185 Pilgrim Road, Palmer 127, Boston, MA 02215
PI: Sandeep Kumar, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA  02115
PI: Michael Rivkin, MD

Boston Medical Center
72 East Concord Street, Boston MA 02118
PI: Jose Romero, MD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street, Boston MA 02115
PI: Steven Feske, MD

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
41 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805
PI: Siddharth Sehgal, MD

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
489 State St., Bangor, ME 04401
PI: Roople Unia, MD

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital 
300 First Ave, Charlestown MA 02129
PI: Ross Zafonte, DO

Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Boston MA 02111
PI: David Thaler, MD

UMass Memorial Medical Center 
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester MA 01655
PI: Raphael Carandang, MD


University of Vermont Medical Center
111 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT 05401
PI: Christopher Commichau, MD

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