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Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care | More

Professor of Neurology Chair, Department of Neurology

A clinically integrated network of physicians and providers employed by UChicago Medicine who offer care in inpatient, community, ambulatory, acute care or extended care settings.

Shyam Prabhakaran, MD, MS, is an internationally recognized leader in vascular neurology and stroke research and treatment. He has been instrumental in reorganizing ambulance transports for stroke patients in Chicago.

As a renowned leader in neuroscience research, Dr. Prabhakaran has led projects focused on uncovering the underlying causes of recurrent strokes, improving stroke care, and optimizing patient outcomes and recovery. His research explores intersections between clinical stroke, neuroimaging and community health.

Dr. Prabhakaran has led research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is the principal investigator of the Chicago regional coordinating center in the NIH’s stroke trials network (NIH StrokeNet), which aims to bring cutting edge clinical trials to stroke patients in the region.

His areas of expertise and interest include intracranial stenosis (narrowing of an artery in the brain), stroke in young adults, stroke due to patent foramen ovale (congenital hole in the heart), and vascular cognitive impairment/stroke-related dementia.

Medical Education

  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School


  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College


  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Other Grad Education

  • MS, Columbia University
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare*
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology

Languages Spoken

  • English

Misericordia Heart of Mercy and the Future of Neuroscience

Legendary Chicago football coach Mike Ditka, Sister Rosemary Connelly from Misericordia Heart of Mercy and neurologist Shyam Prabhakaran, MD, discuss the future of neuroscience research and treatment breakthroughs.

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