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

Brett Cucchiara, MD

John Detre, MD

Chris Favilla, MD

Smita Holden, MD

Kelley Humbert, MD

Scott Kasner, MD, Director

Donna Kurowski George, MD

Steve Messe, MD

Michael Mullen, MD

Paul Novello, MD

Preethi Ramchand, MD

Aaron Rothstein, MD

Kelly Sloane, MD

Laura A Stein, MD

Qingyang (Kristy) Yuan, MD

Advanced Practice Providers:

Rebecca Blaguski, CRNP
Assistant Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center

Rebecca Burdett, CRNP

Research Team:

Nichole Gallatti, M.S.Ed, CCRP
Stroke Clinical Trials Project Coordinator

Devin Keating, BS, BA
Stroke Clinical Trials Project Coordinator

MaryLiz DeSanto
Clinical Research Coordinator

Stephanie Cummings, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Sarah Carter, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator

Ann Le, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Navpreet Reehal, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Administrative Team:

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

Elizabeth Neuhaus-Booth, BSN, RN
Stroke Coordinator

Cathy Schmitt, BSN, RN
Stroke Clinical Performance Coordinator

Myra Pressman, BSW, RN
Stroke Clinical Performance Coordinator

Alycia Dickman,  BA
Administrative Coordinator, UPHS Neuro Rescue Network


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