Pacific Stroke Association



Thursday, May 18 & Friday, May 19, 2023
Microsoft Conference Center – Mountain View, CA

In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month in May, we invite you to join us for an exciting 2-day neurovascular conference where we’ll cover the latest advancements in a wide range of issues on acute stroke/TIA management, latest chemical and mechanical interventions, rehabilitation breakthroughs and the latest evidence based clinical practice guidelines to optimize stroke patient  outcomes at the bedside, Basilar Artery Thrombectomy, Lifestyle Medicine, Neuro ICU, Cognitive Recovery after Stroke, Neurosurgery, New ICH Guidelines, Thrombectomy for Large Core and low NIHSS, A half day Nursing session with EMS, Nursing Assessment, physician discussion on Thrombolytics Risk/Benefits, motivational speakers and Q & A sessions and more!  We look forward to the opportunity to talk “all things stroke” with you and our multidisciplinary panel of expert speakers. CEs are offered.

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


Last year, close to 350 medical professionals, and representatives from pharmaceutical and medical device companies from the Bay Area and beyond attended the in-person conference. 24 medical speakers, panelists, and moderators provided the latest information and research on stroke treatment and stroke rehabilitation during the two-day conference. Except for three out of the area presenters, all speakers happily made in-person presentations.


TOPICS PRESENTED AT THE STROKE CONFERENCE IN 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 IN 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

THE 1ST LEONARD & SHIRLEY ELY STROKE AWARD was presented at the Stroke Conference in honor of the PSA longtime co-founder and supporter Leonard and Shirley Ely. The PSA long-time supporter and educator, Peter Nelson, MD (retired) who survived a stroke 26 years ago was the recipient of the
Stroke Award in 2022.





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 offer 14 CEUs for RNs and Certificate of Attendance for all other disciplines.