Pacific Stroke Association


Annual Stroke Conference

Save the Date! The 2019 Regional Stroke Conference will be held on May 17, 2019 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. 


About the 2018 Conference:

In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month in May, Pacific Stroke Association (PSA) and our co-sponsors presented the 2018 Annual Regional Stroke Conference on Wednesday May 9 in Millbrae and on Thursday May 10 & Friday May 11 in Palo Alto.

Thanks to all of the speakers, sponsors, partners and attendees who made the conference a success. We had more than 500 attendees and 26 speakers over the three-day event! Watch this page for an announcement about next year’s event soon.

GOAL OF THE CONFERENCE – The PSA Annual Regional Stroke Conference provided the most current information to nursing and other healthcare professionals who treat patients and families in all phases of stroke treatment. The goal is to share best clinical practices that have been developed to optimize patient outcomes at local stroke centers. Lunch, free parking and CEUs are included.

About CEU’s for the conference

CEU’s for RNs are provided by El Camino Hospital. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing; Provider Number: CEP532. May 9: 3.5 CEUs, May 10: 8.0 CEUs, May 11:  7.0 CEUs

CEU’s for SLPs are provided by Rehab Without Walls, PDP189, recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California. May 9: 2 CEUs; May 10: 6 CEUs, May 11: 5 CEUs.


Wednesday May 9, 11AM-2:30PM – The Magnolia of Millbrae, 201 Chadbourne Avenue, Millbrae CA


Moderator: Nancy Houston Miller, RN – Pacific Stroke Association

Aneurysms and their Treatment:  Nick Telischak, MD – California Pacific Medical Center

Revisiting Stenting for Intracranial Atherosclerotic Disease: Results of the WEAVE Trial and Future Approaches:  Peter Adamczyk, MD – Eden Valley Medical Center

An Update from California’s Stem Cell Agency, CIRM:  Lila Collins, PhD – California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Stroke Education, Use of Data/Technology:  Jennifer Cave-Brown, RN – John Muir Medical Center


Thursday, May 10, 8AM-4PM – Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Cultural Arts Hall, Palo Alto CA


Moderator: Vivek Rao, MD – Kaiser Permanente

Wake up Stroke/Dawn/Defuse 3:  Jeremy Heit, MD, PhD – Stanford Medical Center

2018 AHA Stroke GuidelinesGreg Albers, MD Stanford Medical Center

Post-Stroke Shoulder Pain:  Ninad Karandikar, MD VA Palo Alto

The “Art” of BP Management: What’s a Nurse to do?  Fern Cudlip, RN – Good Samaritan Hospital

Transport of Stroke Patients – Mobile Stroke Unit:  Joey English, MD, PhD – Mills-Peninsula Medical Center

Use of Telemedicine in Acute Stroke Care:  Molly Burnett, MD Kaiser Permanente

Cardiac Source of Embolus: What, How, Why?  Brad Angeja, MD – Mills-Peninsula Medical Center

My Stroke of Luck:  Diane Barnes, MD

Update on Cryptogenic Stroke & Patent Foramen Ovale:  Chad Rammohan, MD El Camino Hospital

Expect the Unexpected — Unusual Stroke Cases:  Arash Padidar, MD – Regional Medical Center 


Friday, May 11, 8AM-3PM — Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Cultural Arts Hall, Palo Alto CA


Moderator: Chitra Venkat, MD – Stanford Medical Center

Microsurgery for Hemorrhagic Stroke – Emerging Role for Neuronavigation and Robotics:  Soren Singel, MD – El Camino Hospital

Stem Cells – Recent Findings/Developments:  Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD – Stanford Medical Center

Vascular Malformations:  Theresa Bell-Stephens, RN – Stanford Medical Center

Visual Dysfunction in Stroke Patients:  Lee Q. Vien, OD – VA Hospital Palo Alto

Update on Efforts Towards Evidence-Based Stroke Rehabilitation and Current Applications of Technology:  Roberta Wang, MD – Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine:  Alexander Flint, MD, PhD – Kaiser Permanente

Panel: Improving Flow for Stroke Patients:  Christina Mijalski Sells, MD; Becky Jackson, RN; Nicole Cromwell, RN & Gary Yip, RN – Stanford Medical Center

Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CFL) and the Complexity of Fixing it:  Reza Malek, MD – Minimally Invasive Surgical Solutions

Prehospital Large Vessel Occlusion Detection:  Kevin Keenan, MD – University of California San Francisco

For information about 2018 sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact

Many Thanks to our Conference Sponsors! 


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