Clinical Assistant Professor
Cerebrovascular (Stroke); Neurology
I am a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training in vascular neurology. I evaluate, treat and study diseases that affect the structure and function of the blood vessels supplying the brain. My expertise is in cerebrovascular disease, including both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.
I practice at the Gates Vascular Institute and Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC). As part of the stroke team, I assess patients presenting in the emergency room with acute stroke for treatment with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). I then follow my patients through their entire course of care: I assess them for secondary stroke risk factors and care for them as outpatients at the UBMD Neurology clinic at BGMC. I believe comprehensive care is of utmost importance in serving my stroke patients as they cope with this life-changing event. I work with other health care providers to monitor and continuously improve the process of the acute stroke assessment. Doing so helps ensure that patients receive a prognosis and treatment plan in the most timely and streamlined way possible. I also assess and enroll patients for many different acute stroke clinical trials that are underway at the University at Buffalo.
My research focuses on systems-based improvement and the optimization of acute stroke care. My goal is to shorten the length of patients’ hospital stays while improving the outcomes of their medical care. I am also a sub-investigator for several clinical trials in acute stroke care within our cerebrovascular division of the Department of Neurology. I have presented at international and local conferences/meetings such as those of the International Stroke Conference and the local New York State Coverdell Stroke Quality Improvement and Registry Program.
I train medical students and residents at the bedside during rounds, and I also lecture and participate in conferences with them. I also train the residents by guiding them through direct care of stroke patients from their initial assessment to their acute care and follow up. My teaching and training is focused on evidence-based medicine, i.e., the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence, derived from high-quality research, in directing clinical decision making in the care of my patients.