Daniel attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and then completed both his Internal Medicine and Neurology residencies with us here at Penn. Daniel is joining us this year as an ACGME fellow.
Judy Dawod, MD
Judy attended medical school at the University of Damascus, and then completed Neurology residency programs at both the University of Damascus and the University of Arizona. She has also completed a Vascular Neurology fellowship at the University of Arizona, and joins us this year as our StrokeNET fellow.
Emily Grodinsky, MD
Emily attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, and then completed both her Internal Medicine and Neurology residencies at the Rush University Medical Center. Emily is joining us this year as an ACGME fellow.
Ossama Khazaal, MD
Ossama will be continuing in our program this year as an ACGME fellow, having already completed his StrokeNET fellowship with us.
Rebecca Blaguski, CRNP has joined our team as a Stroke Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca comes to us from Toronto where she completed her Bachelor of Nursing Degree at McMaster University before working six years at the bedside specializing in neurosurgery and trauma at St. Michael’s Hospital, one of Toronto’s comprehensive stroke and level 1 trauma centers. After completing her Master of Nursing and NP Degree at Ryerson University she assumed a role as an Advanced Practice Provider. Rebecca is particularly passionate about quality improvement, improving patient experience during transitions along the continuum of care, and improving the health literacy of patients and the community.
We are writing to announce that after more than three decades of
exceptional service to Penn Medicine, Jeanie Luciano, MSN, CRNP, CNRN, FAHA,
will be leaving her role as Co-Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center and
departing from the Department of Neurology, effective April 26th,
2019, to pursue a new endeavor with the American Heart Association.
Jeanie came to Penn Medicine in 1984 as a floor nurse on Silverstein 9. Through hard work and perseverance, she continued on to become an Assistant Nurse Manager in the Neuroscience General and Acute Care Units from 1989-1995, Neurological Institute Physician Liaison from 1995-96, Neurology Nurse Coordinator from 1996-2000, Neurology Nurse Practitioner beginning in 2000, and in 2011 was appointed as the Co-Director of Penn Medicine’s Comprehensive Stroke Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
As Co-Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center, Jeanie has led the
charge and paved the way for other Penn Medicine entities to pursue
certification through the Joint Commission. The Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania was first certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center in 2012, and
Jeanie played an integral role in ensuring that breakthrough victory. Since
then Jeanie has continued to be a valuable member of the team for successful Joint
Commission re-certifications in 2014, 2016, and 2018. She was also able to
provide crucial mentorship to Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian, Chester
County Hospital, and Lancaster General Hospital as they all achieved or
maintained Primary Stroke Center status through the Joint Commission.
Throughout her career in nursing Jeanie has not
only contributed to the valuable mission of Penn Medicine through exceptional
patient care, she has also been nationally recognized for her outstanding
dedication to nursing. Beyond her involvement with Penn Medicine, in
recognition of her professional accomplishments, volunteer leadership, and
service, the American Heart Association inducted her as a Fellow of the
American Heart Association in 2003. Most recently, she was awarded the
Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award from the American Association of
Neuroscience Nurses. She has been appointed membership on many national boards
and committees. Jeanie is a nationally recognized leader in Stroke Care and
education, speaking at conferences such as the International Stroke Conference,
the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses conference, and has led
countless stroke education boot camps and other events around the country, as
well as here at home in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Steven Messe served as one of lead investigators for a randomized trial testing the usefulness of embolic protection devices to reduce stroke in aortic valve replacement. Read the publication in JAMA: