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UChicago Faculty Physicians

Shyam Prabhakaran, MD, MS

James Nelson and Anna Louise Raymond Professor of Neurology Chair, Department of Neurology

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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.

Board Certifications

  • Vascular Neurology
  • Neurology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Neurological Association
  • American Heart Association Stroke Council

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School


  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital


  • Columbia University Medical Center

Other Grad Education

  • Columbia University,MS

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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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