Pacific Stroke Association



In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month in May, Pacific Stroke Association (PSA) and our co-sponsors presented the 2022 Annual Regional Stroke Conference on Thursday, May 19 & Friday, May 20 hosted at the New Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View, CA.

Close to 350 medical professionals, and representatives from pharmaceutical and medical device companies from the Bay Area and beyond were in attendance including 24 medical speakers, panelists, and moderators who provided latest information and research on stroke treatment and stroke rehabilitation. Except for three out of the area presenters, all speakers joined in for in-person presentations.


THE 1ST LEONARD & SHIRLEY ELY STROKE AWARD: In recognition and in honor of the PSA longtime friends and supporters Leonard and Shirley Ely, PSA first Stroke Award was introduced & presented at this year’s Stroke Conference. The PSA long-time supporter and educator, Peter Nelson, MD (retired) who survived a stroke 26 years ago is the recipient of the Stroke Award in 2022.

TOPICS PRESENTED AT THE STROKE CONFERENCE 2022: A Case Presentation – The Wake Up Ischemic Stroke Patient; Anticoagulation after ICH or large stroke or HT Antiplatelet Therapy; Cerebral Venous Thrombosis; Cryptogenic stroke/ESUS; Endovascular Stroke Treatment; Endovascular Patient Journey; Imaging Review “The Wake Up Ischemic Stroke Patient”; Key Acute Nursing Assessments; Latest from ISC – new research possibly re: treatment when patients have large core infarcts; Minimally Invasive tools for hemorrhagic stroke; Mobile Stroke Unit (update & data); Management of Spontaneous and Traumatic Cervical artery Dissection; Nursing Management Complication Prevention; Panel speakers and moderator Q&A;  Product Theatre/Special; Stroke & COVID update; Stroke Treatment and Prevention in Women, Including Pregnancy; Tenecteplase (TNK); Treatment and Eval for Cardiac Source…. PFO Closure

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS & MODERATORS 2022: Greg Albers, MD – Stanford Medical Center; Nobl Barazangi, MD, PhD –California Pacific Medical Center; Jennifer Cave-Brown RN, NP – John Muir Medical Center; Robert J. Darflinger, MD – Kaiser Permanente; Rob Dodd, MD, PhD – Stanford Medical Center; Karen de la Cuesta, FNP-C, NVRN-BC, ANVP-BC – O’Connor Hospital; Warren Fegenbush, PharmD, BCPS- AstraZeneca; Ramesh Gopi, MD – El Camino Hospital; M. Edip Gurol, M.D., M.Sc.- Harvard Medical School; Ursula Kelly-Tolley, RN; Meagan Littlepage, MD – El Camino Hospital; Manoj Mittal, MD – Sutter Sacramento; Christina Mijalski, MD – Stanford Medical center; Dawn Meyer, RN UCSD – AstraZenca; Farah Osmani, AGACNP-BC, NVRN, ANVP – Regional Medical Center; Brian Richardson, MD – Alta Bates Summit Medical Center; Alicia Romero, MD – Kaiser Permanente; Vivek Rao, MD – Kaiser Permanente  ; Alicia Richardson, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG – Penn State University; Deb Shaw – A Stroke Survivor Story; Rahul P. Sharma, MD, MBBS, FRACP – Abbott; Anirudh Sreekrishnan, MD – Stanford Medical Center; Ilana Spokoyny, MD – Mills-Peninsula Medical Center; Chitra Venkat, MD – Stanford Medical Center; Nirali Vora, MD – Stanford Medical Center


STROKE CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE: Khamid Bakhadirov, MD, Kaiser Permanente – 
Nobl Barazangi, MD, California Pacific Medical Center – Debra Blanchard, RN, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Karen de la Cuesta, NP, O’Connor Hospital Ralph Greenspan, PhD, Kavali Institute for Brain & Mind – Christine Kilkenny, RN, El Camino Health – Meagan Littlepage, MD, El Camino HealthRezvan Moghaddam, Pacific Stroke Association – Vivek Rao, MD, Kaiser Permanente – Nithya Sankararaman, Pacific Stroke AssociationChitra Venkat, MD, Stanford Hospital & Clinics – Spring Xu, RN – El Camino Health





The goal of this Annual Conference is to provide the most current information for clinicians and other health care professionals who care for patients and families in all phases of stroke treatment, rehabilitation and recovery issues. The content of the programs is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses and other healthcare professionals. This year’s Conference offered 14 CEUs for RNs and Certificate of Attendance for all other disciplines.