Welcome To The UIC Stroke & Neurocritical Care Section!

UIC Outpatient Stroke Institute

Stroke and Neurocritical CareLocated within the Neurosciences Center in the Outpatient Care Center (1801 W. Taylor, Suite 4E), the Stroke Institute is a regional referral center that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cerebrovascular disorders, including those caused by heart diseases, fibromuscular dysplasia, arterial dissection, and metabolic/genetic conditions.

Neurosonology Laboratory

Located within the Neurosciences Center in the Outpatient Care Center (1801 W. Taylor, Suite 4E), the Neurosonology Laboratory is a satellite of the accredited University of Illinois Hospital Vascular Laboratory providing Carotid Duplex and Transcranial Doppler ultrasound services.

Inpatient Services

The inpatient Stroke Service is staffed on a rotating basis by Vascular Neurology faculty members. This specialty inpatient service manages patients with cerebrovascular disorders admitted to our Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Certified Telemetry Unit and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The stroke service also provides consultative services to other inpatient areas of the hospital and Emergency Department and assists remote institutions that lack stroke expertise via telemedicine. Inpatient Stroke Service team members include board certified vascular neurologists, vascular neurology fellows, residents, stroke nurse coordinator, social workers, discharge planners, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, clinical pharmacists, and rehabilitative medicine specialists.

UI Health recently became a Joint Commission Comprehensive Certified Stroke Center in 2015. Performance indicators represent quality metrics used by the Joint Commission to evaluate adherence to established guidelines and can give you insight into a hospital’s ability to manage complex stroke patients. Learn more about UIC stroke outcomes.

The Acute Stroke Team provides emergent consultation 24 hours daily to the Emergency Department and University of Illinois at Chicago inpatient areas for acute stroke patients who may be eligible for pharmacological, endovascular, or surgical recanalization therapies.

The Neurocritical Care Service is staffed on a rotating basis by Neurointensivist faculty members, based in the 22 bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at the University of Illinois-Chicago. This specialty inpatient service manages patients with conditions including but not limited to cerebrovascular disorders such as ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, brain trauma, seizures, CNS infections, and postoperative neurosurgical patients admitted to our Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. The Neurocritical Care team members include board certified neurointensivists, vascular neurology fellows, neurology and neurosurgery residents, stroke nurse coordinators, social workers, discharge planners, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, clinical pharmacists, and rehabilitative medicine specialists.

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Research initiatives include both translational and clinical trials of acute stroke treatments and stroke prevention, epidemiologic studies of cerebrovascular disorders, observational studies of vascular cognitive impairment, and studies of cerebral blood flow using quantitative magnetic resonance angiography.

Active subject recruitment is ongoing for the following research studies and sponsors:

  • Ethnic and Racial Variant of Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ERICH) (sponsor: NIH and University of Cincinnati)Local PI: Dr Testai
    ERICH is an observational study designed to investigate the factors associated with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage among different races and ethnic groups.
  • Clot Lysis: Evaluating Accelerated Resolution of Intraventricular Hemorrhage (CLEAR-IVH) (sponsor: NIH and Johns Hopkins University)Local PI: Dr Testai
    CLEAR-IVH is a randomized trial designed to investigate the role of thrombolytic treatment (tPA) in the management of intraventricular hemorrhage.
  • Stroke RISK DISK: Stroke Risk Predictions – A Longitudinal Observational Studies Pooled Data Analysis. (Sponsor: National stroke Association)Study PI: Dr. Pandey
    Development of validated and calibrated race/ethnicity sensitive stroke-risk prediction for decision making.
  • Economic Impact of DRG 559 in Improving Quality of Stroke Care and Outcomes (Sponsor: Center of Disease Control and prevention (CDC)).Study PI: Dr. Pandey
    Evaluation of the impact of increased acute ischemic stroke care reimbursement on quality of stroke care.
  • The Illinois CAPTURE Stroke – Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry (Sponsor: CDC)Study PI: Dr. Pandey
    A hospital-based acute stroke registry to monitor and improve quality of stroke care and treatment Illinois.
  • Surveillance, Epidemiology and Risk factor for Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (SERF TTP) (Sponsor: NIH/NHLBI)Local PI: Dr. Pandey
    Investigation of the risk factors for TTP and identify possible clinical and biological markers as prognostic factors related to 30-day mortality following incident TTP.
  • Platelet-Oriented Inhibition in New TIA or Minor Ischemic Stroke (POINT) (sponsor: NIH and University of San Francisco)Local PI: Dr. Testai
    POINT is a multicenter clinical trial to determine if the addition of clopidogrel to aspirin in stroke patients decreases the risk of major ischemic vascular events compared to aspirin alone.

Contact our stroke nurse Maureen Hillmann, RN at 312 355-3863 or [email protected] for more information.

In addition to major participation in the education of UIC Neurology residents and medical students, two ACGME-accredited Vascular Neurology Fellowships are available. Interested candidates should contact Maria Mata, Program Coordinator at 312 996-6496 or [email protected] for more information.