Dr. Babak Jahromi: April 25, 2017



May is National Stroke Awareness Month

How Many People Suffer from Stroke in Your Area?


BABAK S. JAHROMI, MD, co-director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

As we gear up for Stroke Awareness Month in May, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke to help increase the chances of survival.To bring attention to this, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the #1 hospital in Illinois and one of the top ten neurology/neurosurgery programs in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report wants your listeners to know that during a stroke, every minute counts. By knowing the signs and symptoms, you can take quick action and perhaps save a life. In fact, the three-hour window after a stroke occurs is crucial for patients to take clot-busting drug to boost chances of full recovery.

Did You Know?

·         Stroke kills more than 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths.

·         Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every 4 minutes, someone dies of stroke.

·         Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.


Dr. Babak Jahromi, co-director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is available for live interviews to help raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of stroke. He will also be able to discuss some of the latest research available to help stroke victims and Northwestern Memorial’s role in advancing treatment.


Dr. Babak Jahromi completed medical training and neurosurgical residency at the University of Toronto. During residency he studied cellular and molecular changes underlying cerebral vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage, leading to a PhD from the University of Chicago. He subsequently completed fellowships in neuroendovascular surgery (at the Universities of Miami and Buffalo) and was then recruited to establish the endovascular program at the University of Rochester, where he served as the Surgical Director of the URMC Comprehensive Stroke Center. He joined the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2015 as Chief of Cerebrovascular/Neurointerventional Surgery (a joint division of the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Radiology), and serves as Surgical Director of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center. His clinical interests include intra-arterial treatment of stroke, surgical and endovascular treatment of extra/intracranial occlusive disease, aneurysms, AVM’s, trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm. His research interests include outcomes following stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage, use of advanced imaging to guide treatment of acute stroke, and imaging/intervention in carotid disease, with over 160 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and book chapters to date.

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