About Penn Stroke

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The Division of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania has a long and storied history.  Our accomplishments include:

  • One of the first designated stroke units in the United States
  • First JCAHO certified primary stroke center in Philadelphia
  • First JCAHO certified comprehensive stroke center in the Philadelphia region (2012)
  • National Institute of Health-funded Philadelphia Regional Stroke Trials Network Coordinating Center
  • National Institute of Health-funded Neurology Emergency Treatment Trial Network (NETT) Hub
  • Two faculty members have received the American Academy of Neurology Michael Pessin Stroke Leadership Award


Christina Blum, MD

Matthew Broderick, MD

Daniel Cristancho, MD

Brett Cucchiara, MD

John Detre, MD

Chris Favilla, MD

Kelley Humbert, MD

Scott Kasner, MD, Director

Donna Kurowski George, MD

Steve Messe, MD

Paul Novello, MD

Aaron Rothstein, MD

Kelly Sloane, MD

Laura A Stein, MD

Jens Witsch, MD

Qingyang (Kristy) Yuan, MD

Advanced Practice Providers:

Rebecca Burdett, CRNP

Research Team:

Nichole Gallatti, M.S.Ed, CCRP
Associate Director Stroke Clinical Research

MaryLiz DeSanto
Clinical Research Coordinator

Stephanie Cummings, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Sarah Carter, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator

Kaylin Lemelle-Thomas, RN
Clinical Research Coordinator

Alexis (Lexy) Ramagano, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Rebecca Gitlevich, BS
Research Assistant

Caroline Velten, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator

Alexa Lebron-Cruz, BA
Research Assistant

Administrative Team:

Michele Sellers, MSN, RN
Director, UPHS Neuro Rescue Network

Colin Hoey, BSN, RN , CEN
Stroke Coordinator

Cathy Schmitt, BSN, RN
Stroke Clinical Performance Coordinator

Kim Sears
Administrative Coordinator

Myra Pressman, BSW, RN
Stroke Clinical Performance Coordinator


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