Penn Stroke Welcomes New Faculty!

We are pleased to welcome Jens Witsch, MD to the Penn Stroke faculty.  Dr. Witsch earned his medical degree from Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. He then completed his neurology residency at the Charité in Berlin and a research fellowship in neurocritical care at Columbia University. He subsequently completed a neurology residency at Yale School of Medicine followed by a fellowship in vascular neurology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College. He earned a doctoral degree from Heidelberg University for research in cell physiology conducted at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg and an advanced teaching and research degree from the Charité (Habilitation).

Welcome to 2021 Fellows!

Welcome to our new fellows!

Arooshi R. Kumar, MD

Arooshi attended medical school at University of Louisville, and then completed both her Internal Medicine and Neurology residencies at New York University. Arooshi is joining us this year as an ACGME fellow.

Farhan Khan, MD

Farhan attended medical school at Allama Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan, and then completed his Internal Medicine residency at Boston Medical College and his Neurology residency at Hannemann Hospital & University of Pennsylvania. Farhan is joining us this year as an ACGME fellow.

Jonah Zuflacht, MD

Jonah attended medical school at Columbia University, and then completed both his Internal Medicine and Neurology residencies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Jonah is joining us this year as an ACGME fellow.

Farewell to Dr. Mike Mullen

After more than 15 years with the Penn Stroke team, Dr. Mike Mullen is leaving us to become the Stroke Director across town at Temple University.  We are not at all happy to see him go  – Mike has been such an integral part of our team, bringing an incredible mix of energy, leadership, and integrity to our program.  And beyond that, he has been a good friend.  No doubt this is a great opportunity for Mike, and we are excited about the future collaborations that will develop between Penn and Temple with his move.  We wish him great success! 

Dr. Mullen’s Farewell Party

WHAT WE’RE READING – JOURNAL CLUB

JUNE 2021

2021 Guideline for the Prevention of Stroke in Patients With Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack
Effect of Long-term Continuous Cardiac Monitoring vs Usual Care on Detection of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients With Stroke Attributed to Large- or Small-Vessel Disease
Detection of Atrial Fibrillation After Central Retinal Artery Occlusion
Computed Tomography Angiography Spot Sign, Hematoma Expansion, and Functional Outcome in Spontaneous Cerebellar Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Comparative Effectiveness of Aspirin Dosing in Cardiovascular Disease

WHAT WE’RE READING – JOURNAL CLUB

APRIL 2021

Warfarin versus direct oral anticoagulants for treating left ventricular thrombus: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Comparative Study of Oral Anticoagulation in Left Ventricular Thrombi (No-LVT Trial)
Development of imaging-based risk scores for prediction of intracranial haemorrhage and ischaemic stroke in patients taking antithrombotic therapy after ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack: a pooled analysis of individual patient data from cohort studies
Intravenous Tirofiban Infusion After Angioplasty and Stenting in Intracranial Atherosclerotic Stenosis-Related Stroke
Vagus nerve stimulation paired with rehabilitation for upper limb motor function after ischaemic stroke (VNS-REHAB):a randomised, blinded, pivotal, device trial

WHAT WE’RE READING – JOURNAL CLUB

MARCH 2021

Safety and efficacy of intensive blood pressure lowering after successful endovascular therapy in acute ischaemic stroke (BP-TARGET): a multicentre, open-label, randomised controlled trial
Thrombectomy for Primary Distal Posterior Cerebral Artery Occlusion Stroke The TOPMOST Study
Diagnosis of non-consensus transient ischaemic attacks with focal, negative, and non-progressive symptoms: population-based validation by investigation and prognosis
Intraluminal Thrombi in the Cervico-Cephalic Arteries
Aspirin versus anticoagulation in cervical artery dissection (TREAT-CAD): an open-label, randomised, non-inferiority trial

WHAT WE’RE READING – JOURNAL CLUB

February 2021

Ultra-early tranexamic acid after subarachnoid haemorrhage (ULTRA): a randomised controlled trial
Influence of Pregnancy on Hemorrhage Risk in Women With Cerebral and Spinal Cavernous Malformations
Effects of a 2-Year Primary Care Lifestyle Intervention on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors
Risk of stroke in relation to degree of asymptomatic carotid stenosis: a population-based cohort study, systematic review, and meta-analysis