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NorCal Research Coordinating Center

University of California, San Francisco  |  505 Parnasus, Box 0114 |  San Francisci, California 94143-0114 |

The Neurovascular Disease and Stroke Center at UCSF Medical Center provides preventive care and screening for patients at high risk for stroke and other neurovascular conditions as well as initial and second opinion consultations for the diagnosis and treatment of complex disorders such as brain aneurysms, carotid disease, cervical artery dissection, stroke and vascular malformations. Treatments range from medication to surgery, such as the surgical removal of plaque from arteries or the routing of blood flow to bypass abnormal blood vessels in the brain.

The center is a designated advanced primary stroke center, certified by the national Joint Commission, an independent accreditation organization for health care institutions. It was the first center in San Francisco to receive this designation.

Principal Investigator
Wade S. Smith, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Daryl R. Gress Professor of Neurocritical Care and Stroke
Director, UCSF Neuro ICU
University of California, San Francisco
505 Parnassus, box 0114
San Francisco, CA 94143-0114

Areas of interest: Cerebral Revascularization, Cerebral Blood Flow and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Anthony S. Kim, MD, MAS
Medical Director, UCSF Stroke Center
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Sander Neurosciences Center          
UCSF Department of Neurology
675 Nelson Rising Lane, Room 411B
San Francisco, CA 94158

Areas of interest: TIA, stroke prevention, acute stroke management, cost-effectiveness, clinical trial design, mHealth

J. Claude Hemphill, MD, MAS, FNCS
Kenneth Rainin Endowed Chair in Neurocritical Care
Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery 
University of California, San Francisco 
Chief, Neurology Service
San Francisco General Hospital, Bldg 1, Room 101 
1001 Potrero Avenue 
San Francisco, California 94110

Areas of interest: Intracerebral hemorrhage, Neuro-Critical Care

Gary Abrams, MD
Professor of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco VA Medical Center
San Francisco, CA 94121
415-221-4810 ext. 3861

Areas of interest:  stroke rehabilitation; robotics

Heather J. Fullerton, MD, MAS
Director, Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Professor and Vice-Chair of Neurology 
University of California, San Francisco
675 Nelson Rising Lane
San Francisco, CA 94158

Areas of interest:  pediatric stroke, stroke and infection, stroke epidemiology

Mai N. Nguyen-Huynh, MD MAS FAHA
Research Scientist
Director of Kaiser Primary Stroke Centers, Diablo Service Area
Local Research Co-chair, DSA
Department of Neurology
1425 S Main St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 295-6807

Areas of interest: TIA, large artery atherosclerosis, disparities in stroke, and pragmatic trials.

Study Coordinator
Michele Meeker, RN, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse
Brain and Spinal Injury Center
Department of Neurology
San Francisco General Hospital, Bldg 1, Room 101 
1001 Potrero Avenue 
San Francisco, California 94110
(415) 206-3220

Coordinator - DEFUSE 3
(415) 206-8094

Areas of interest:  emergency research, human subject’s protection, acute neurological injury clinical research