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Lester Y. Leung, MD, MSc accepting new patients


Programs + Specialties
Training + Education Tulane University School of Medicine; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Boston Medical Center
Board Certifications Neurology, Vascular Neurology
NPI # 1396060141
Gender Male
Accepted Insurances View Accepted Insurances at Tufts MC + Floating Hospital

Locations + Directions

Tufts Medical Center
Biewend Building
260 Tremont Street
Box 314
Boston , MA  02111
Phone #: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Honors + Awards

2016, Lester Adelman Tufts Neurology Residency Teaching Award
2014, Outstanding Resident-Fellow Teaching Award, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
2010, Leon A. Weisberg, M.D. Memorial Award
2009, Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society
2009, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Publications + National Presentations

1. Leung LY et al. “Short-term Bleeding Events Observed with Clopidogrel Loading in Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients.” J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013 Oct;22(7):1184-89.

2. Bernson-Leung ME and Leung LY, Kumar S. “Synthetic Cannabis and Acute Ischemic Stroke.” J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2014 May-Jun;23(5):1239-41. (E-publication on 2013 Oct 8.)

3. Krishnan V, Leung LY, Caplan LR. “A Neurologist’s Approach to Delirium: Diagnosis and Management of Toxic Metabolic Encephalopathies.” Eur J Int Med. 2014 Feb;25(2):112-16.

4. Leung LY et al. “Recurrent aseptic meningitis with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction.” J Neurol Sci. 2014 Mar 15;339(1-2):239-40.

5. Leung LY, Caplan LR. “Factors associated with delay in presentation to the hospital for young adults with ischemic stroke.” Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2016;42(1-2):10-14.

6. Leung LY, McAllister ML, Selim M, Fisher M. “Factors influencing oral anticoagulant prescribing for atrial fibrillation.” Journal of Stroke, accepted for publication, August 22, 2016, to be published in January 2017.

7. Rai S, Thaler DE, Salehi P, Madan N, Leung LY. More to atherosclerosis than stenosis: Symptomatic carotid artery with intraplaque hemorrhage. Stroke. 2017 Apr;48(4)e104-e107.

8. Leung LY, Bartz TM, Rice K, Floyd J, Psaty B, Gutierrez J, Longstreth WT Jr, Mukamal KJ. Blood pressure and heart rate measures associated with increased risk of covert brain infarction and worsening leukoaraiosis in older adults. Aterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2017 Aug;37(8):1579-1586.

9. Leung LY, Melkumova E, Thaler DE. Longitudinal care for young adults with stroke. JAMA Neurol. Published online August 21, 2017.


Lester Y. Leung, MD hopes to reduce the impact of stroke on individuals and society, particularly through the pre-hospital and in-hospital attenuation of stroke severity and the prevention of first and recurrent strokes. He's particularly interested in the potential of silent brain infarction and microhemorrhages as biomarkers and opportunities to guide preventive treatments. He's also interested in the diagnosis, management and long-term consequences of stroke in young adults, a group with an extended duration of disability and exposure to complications of stroke. His personal interests include hiking and cycling.

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Neurology
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
Massachusetts Medical Society

News, Media + Videos

Lester Leung, MD, Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center; Director, Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) Program

Lester Leung, MD tells us about stroke risks that are especially important for young women to know

Read how migraines and contraceptives can lead to stroke
Paul King suffered a stroke. He is shown here smiling with his daughter.

Paul’s Story: Recovering from stroke, one step at a time

Learn more about Paul's journey back to health
Lester Leung, MD, Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center; Director, Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) Program

Mayra’s story: Surviving stroke, managing motherhood

Read about Mayra's stroke and OB care at Tufts MC
Dr. Leung is the Director of the Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Lester Y. Leung, MD named Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Tufts MC.

Meet Dr. Leung
Dr. Leung is the Director of the Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Working Together: New Program a Stroke of Genius for Young Adults

Read about Dr. Leung
A drawing of neurosurgery for Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, MA.

Boston Magazine: Stroke - Not Just for 55+: How Dr. Lester Y. Leung says we can help young adults move forward.

Boston Magazine shares information about stroke in young adults
Time is Brain

Time is brain: Recognize the signs of a stroke and take action quickly - every minute counts.

Know the signs
The Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) Program at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, MA, helps young adult stroke survivors realize their life goals.

When Stroke Strikes Early In Life

Learn about the SAYA program
A drawing of a stroke for Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, MA.

What are the common stroke symptoms in young adults? Lester Leung, MD addresses this question and more in an interview with

Listen to the interview