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Stroke

A stroke happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops. A stroke is sometimes called a "brain attack". If blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen. Brain cells can die, causing permanent damage.

Programs + Services


Vascular Surgery

Tufts MC Vascular Surgery manages arterial and venous diseases using innovative surgical techniques at our downtown Boston hospital.
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Neurocritical Care Program

Learn about the Neurocritical Care Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston that provides treatment for prolonged seizure, hemorrhagic stroke and more.
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Stroke Center

Learn about the comprehensive stroke services available at Tufts MC, including stroke prevention, acute stroke therapy and long-term stroke management.
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Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) Program

Explore our Stroke and Young Adults Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston which helps young adult and pediatric stroke survivors navigate their lives after a stroke.
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Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Surgery

The Neurovascular Surgery Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA provides world-class minimally invasive surgical, endovascular, and radiosurgical treatment for diseases that occur in the blood vessels that supply the brain and spinal cord with oxygen and nutrients.
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Doctors + Care Team

David E. Thaler, MD, PhD, FAHA

David E. Thaler, MD, PhD, FAHA

Title(s): Neurologist-in-Chief, Tufts Medical Center; Chairman, Department of Neurology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Stroke

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Adel M. Malek, MD, PhD

Adel M. Malek, MD, PhD

Title(s): Chief, Division of Neurovascular Surgery; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8200
Fax #: 617-636-7587

Aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural fistulas, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracranial atherosclerosis, arterial dissection

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Deborah Green-LaRoche, MD

Deborah Green-LaRoche, MD

Title(s): Director of Clinical Research, Department of Neurology; Neurointensivist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Neurocritical care, vascular neurology

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Joshua Kornbluth, MD

Joshua Kornbluth, MD

Title(s): Medical Director, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit; Program Director, Neurology Residency and Neurocritical Care Fellowship; Neurologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Neurocritical care

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Lester  Y. Leung, MD

Lester Y. Leung, MD

Title(s): Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center; Director, Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) Program; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Vascular neurology including stroke in young adults, ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, dissection, reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, vascular malformations, silent strokes and survivorship

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Xuemei  Cai, MD

Xuemei Cai, MD

Title(s): Neurologist
Department(s): Neurology, Neurocritical Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Neurocritical care

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Research + Clinical Trials


Impact of Fever Prevention in Brain Injured Patients (INTREPID)

This study is being conducted to determine if fever prevention, using the Arctic Sun Temperature Management System, improves outcomes in brain injured patients who have suffered from a stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage or subarachnoid hemorrhage. There will be two groups in this study. The fever prevention group (treatment group) will use the Arctic Sun® Temperature Management System to monitor and control body temperature. The standard care group (control group) will be treated according to standard medical practice such as medication and/or cooling blankets.
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Multicenter, randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, active-comparator, event-driven, superiority phase III study of secondary prevention of stroke and prevention of systemic embolism in patients with a recent Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source (ESUS) comparing rivaroxaban 15 mg once daily with aspirin 100 mg

The purpose of this study is to find out whether a new anti-clotting medication called rivaroxaban leads to fewer blood clots in your brain (stroke) or in other blood vessels in your body when compared with aspirin.
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