Dr. Prabhakaran, chair of the UChicago Medicine Neurology Department
Shyam Prabhakaran, MD, MS, Chair of Neurology at UChicago Medicine.

Multispecialty Stroke & Neurovascular Care 

At the University of Chicago Medicine, we provide the most contemporary, innovative care for the full range of common and complex blood flow problems affecting the brain and spinal cord. Our collaborative, approach draws on the talents and internationally recognized expertise of leading clinicians in neurology, neurosurgery and neurointerventional surgery. Our team includes pioneering experts in these specialties, offering a depth and breadth of experience that enables us to help people with the most challenging neurovascular problems. Our team provides thorough and compassionate care at every level of illness and for patients at every age.

What We Treat

Our team provides emergency care and treatment for patients with the following emergent and less urgent neurovascular conditions:

Interdisciplinary Team, Comprehensive Expertise

Sometimes, there is more than one way to help patients with neurovascular problems. Our patients benefit from having experts in multiple specialties collaborating to customize care, based on each individual's medical problems, history, and life perspective. Patients will be able to see several specialists in one clinic visit.

Our physician team is led by specialists in:

  • Stroke Neurology, offering the most state-of-the-art neurovascular guidance and care by stroke specialists in an award-winning Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Neurocritical Care, offering advanced monitoring and treatment in our state-of-the-art Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (NeuroICU), which is run by a multidisciplinary team of neurocritical care experts
  • Neurovascular Surgery, providing expert diagnosis, management and surgical interventions
  • Neurointerventional Surgery, performing state-of-the-art imaging and endovascular procedures for diagnosis and treatment

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association recognize UChicago Medicine for consistently exceeding national standards to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Regardless of which specialist a patient initially sees, our physicians review complex cases in a team meeting where we integrate the collective perspectives and recommendations of our dedicated experts. Our physicians meet directly with each patient to explain all treatment options, and to develop an understanding of personal concerns and priorities.

We recognize that some patients are best managed conservatively — without open surgery or neurointerventional procedures. In these cases, our team is confident providing monitoring and medical management.

From the simplest to the most complicated cases, we take the extra steps needed to determine the most appropriate treatment options for each individual. Whether the patient requires urgent treatment or is thinking about prevention, we use the same, thorough process for diagnosis, treatment and management of neurovascular disorders.

Our goal is to fully support patients along their entire journey from stroke to recovery, both while they’re in the hospital and after they have left. We provide the following resources to patients to make their transitions as seamless and safe as possible:

  • Remote patient monitoring (RPM). Stroke patients are sent home with a tablet that provides stroke education and videos on how to appropriately conduct and track various screenings. The RPM device tracks the daily results of their blood pressure, depression and swallow screenings, as well as glucose levels for patients with diabetes. If the results of any of these tests are outside normal parameters, then a specialized nurse will follow up by phone to assess if any interventions are needed.
  • Community health workers work with patients who are discharged to their homes and assist these patients with follow-up appointments and stroke education. They ensure patients are taking medications appropriately, monitoring their vital signs and using the remote patient monitoring tablet correctly. Community health workers also make sure each patient has access to food and a safe home environment.
  • Population health care coordination nurses work with patients who are discharged to a post-acute rehabilitation center to ensure these patients have follow-up appointments with the appropriate providers and are receiving the care they need from their rehab facility.

If you are a healthcare provider and wish to transfer a patient with a neurologic emergency or to speak with our team directly, call our dedicated neuroICU transfer line at 1-773-834-NSICU (6742). It will be answered by an attending neuro-intensivist, addressing ischemic stroke, brain bleeding, status epilepticus, neurotrauma, hydrocephalus, tumors and other neurologic emergencies.

If requested, we will facilitate seamless transfer and make arrangements for bed assignment.

To schedule a consultation for a less urgent neurovascular condition, call us at:

  • Stroke Neurology: 773-834-4604
  • Neurovascular Surgery: 773-702-2123
  • Neurointerventional Surgery: 773-702-5004

At UChicago Medicine, we offer advanced neurovascular care that is not available in some parts of the world. The stroke and neurovascular care team works closely with the Center for International Patients to meet the unique needs of patients traveling from abroad.

We strive to continuously improve the quality of care for our stroke patients. To maintain certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, our facility voluntarily undertakes a regular thorough evaluation by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Achieving Joint Commission certification means that our staff has made an extra effort to review and improve the key areas that can affect the quality and safety of your care. Below you will find some of our key quality measures that are reviewed by the Joint Commission.

Quality Metrics (2019-2021) University of Chicago Medicine Academic Hospitals Nationally Chicago Stroke Center Hospitals
Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Initiated 99% 97% 97%
Patient Discharges on Antithrombotic Therapy 99% 99% 98%
Anticoagulation Therapy for Atrial Fib/Flutter Initiated 97% 91% 96%
Thrombolytic Therapy Completed 94% 93% 75%
Antithrombotic Therapy Initiated by End of Hospital Day 2 98% 97% 98%
Discharged on Statin Medication 98% 98% 99%
Stroke or Death from Carotid Procedures* 3.5% N/A N/A

Source: Publically Reported Data retrieved from American Heart Association's "Get with the Guidelines"

*Based on internal data sources; data not available for other institutions

We never stop looking for innovative ways to treat neurovascular conditions. Our physicians are members of national research groups, collaborating with experts from across the country to offer leading-edge treatments and promising clinical trials.

Learn more about ongoing stroke and neurovascular care research initiatives at UChicago Medicine.


Clinical Trials

Convenient Locations for Stroke & Neurovascular Care