Pacific Stroke Association



Last month on May 18 & May 19, the PSA 23rd Annual Stroke Conference was successfully presented at two locations: JCC in Palo Alto and Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View. 20 medical speakers and moderators provided the latest breaking news & information and research in stroke treatment,
neurocritical care and stroke rehabilitation.

Close to 450 medical professionals, representatives from local hospitals, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies were in attendance and raved about the quality of information presented at this year’s conference.

The GOAL of this Annual Stroke Conference is to share the best clinical practices that have been developed to optimize patient outcomes at stroke centers.

We sincerely thank the conference sponsors, medical presenters, exhibitors, attendees, volunteers, and the Conference Planning Committee for making this year’s program possible. Special thanks to our
hospital partners among them: El  Camino Health, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, Stanford Medicine, and El Camino Healthcare District for their continued generous support.



A Stroke Survivor Story – Emerging From the Smoke: A Collection of Warrior Voices 
Orlena Fong Shek – Author
A Tour of Mobile Stroke Unit with Ilana Spokoyny, MD – Sutter West Bay Medical Group
Acute Painless Vision Loss: A (Potential) Neurologic Emergency
David Cisewski, MD – Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara
Adjunctive therapies to enhance the effectiveness of speech-language intervention
Michelle Gravier, Ph.D., CCC-SLP – California State University East Bay
Challenges of the Inpatient Code Stroke Alert
Kathryn Snow, RN, MS, CNRN, SCRN –Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City
Chronic Post-Stroke Cognitive / Behavioral Morbidities

Jack T. Wang, MD PhD – Stanford Medical Center
Cryptogenic Stroke – Hooman Kamel, MD – Cornell Medical Center, New York
Expanded Use of Thrombolytics including TNK
Nobl Barazangi, MD, PhD –California Pacific Medical Center
Expect the Unexpected  – Neurological Changes – Fern Cudlip, NP
Ischemic Strokes in the Young
Ali Razmara, M.D., Ph.D – Kaiser Permanente, Orange County
Neurosurgical Treatment of Hemorrhagic Stroke
Giyarpuram N Prashant, MD – Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City
New ICH Guidelines – Hannah Louise Kirsch, MD – Stanford Medical Center
Post –Stroke Seizure – Rana Moosavi, MD – Sutter Health
Take Aways with References & ISC Nursing Highlights – Speakers Panel
The Road to Recovery After Stroke: One Patient’s Rehab Journey
Meagan Littlepage, MD – El Camino Health
Thrombectomy for large Core & low NIHSS – Joey English, MD, PhD – Sutter Health, Mills-Peninsula
Tick Tock: Time is Tissue – Dawn Meyer, NP, PhD – UC San Diego
Time is Tissue – Chad Henry, MBA, Paramedic – San Mateo County Emergency Medical Services
What’s new in Neurocritical Care of Stroke? Embracing Technology to Improve Outcomes
Chitra Venkat, MD – Stanford Medical Center
What’s new in Neurointerventional Stroke Treatment in 2023?
Jeremy Heit, MD, PhD – Stanford Medical Center

Program Moderators:
Nobl Barazangi, MD, PhD – California Pacific Medical Center
Karen de la Cuesta, NP – O’Connor Hospital
Henry Huie, MD – Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Vivek Rao, MD – Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City

Among the Conference exhibitors: AstraZeneca, Abilitypath, Biogen, Chiesi, Genentech, Microvention, Medtronic, Neuroptics, Neurastais, Nico Corporation, Pfizer, Rehab Without Walls, Stryker, Telespecialists
Additionally, California University East Bay, Champion the Challenges, Stroke Awareness Foundation and TR Care joined our exhibitors





 STROKE CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE 2023: 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

Community Collaborators: