Our Team

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute comprises two highly specialized teams that collaborate to bring outstanding care to our patients.

The neurosurgical/interventional team includes neurovascular surgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, and neurocritical care physicians who use advanced procedures and technologies to treat stroke and complex vascular conditions.

The University of Cincinnati Stroke Team includes stroke neurologists, neurovascular surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, and neuroradiologists backed by a team of researchers and clinical and technical support staff. Based at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC), the Stroke Team serves as a community resource to all Greater Cincinnati hospitals, while managing the stroke treatment program at UCMC.

The UC Comprehensive Stroke Center is led by led by Co-Medical Directors Dawn Kleindorfer, MD, Professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, and Mario Zuccarello, MD, Professor and Frank H. Mayfield Chair for Neurological Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery.

 The UC Stroke Team


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