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Vascular Neurology - Stroke Center

The Division of Vascular Neurology evaluates, treats and studies diseases which affect the structure and function of the blood vessels supplying the brain. Our main purpose is to provide the best possible care for our patients with stroke cerebrovascular disease.

The academic mission is two-fold:

  1. Represent the principal educators of cerebrovascular disease for the Yale School of Medicine, the Yale Neurology Residency Program, and practitioners throughout New England.
  2. Investigate novel translational approaches to more effective acute stroke treatments, implement better secondary stroke prevention strategies, and improve stroke recovery and rehabilitation.

Vascular neurologists hold teaching appointments at the Yale School of Medicine and are clinical faculty within Yale Medicine. They provide outpatient consultations in a multidisciplinary setting at the Yale Physician's Building or at the VAMC in West Haven, CT. Consultative services are also provided at Gaylord Hospital, one of the major rehabilitation hospitals in Connecticut. Yale conducts numerous acute and secondary stroke prevention clinical research trials, including those sponsored by industry and the National Institutes of Health.

The stroke program was certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission in 2005 and by the Connecticut Department of Public Health in 2008. Its mission is to provide safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable care to patients with cerebrovascular disease at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The Stroke Center serves as a primary referral center for acute stroke management and has multidisciplinary outpatient stroke clinics for secondary stroke prevention and stroke recovery.

Joseph Schindler, MD serves as the Clinical Director of the Yale New Haven Stroke Center and leads the acute stroke team activities. The hospital's resident-staffed acute stroke team is available 24/7. In collaboration with clinical staff from neurosurgery, neuroradiology and emergency medicine, the acute stroke team provides acute stroke consultation, treatment and cutting-edge interventional treatment aided by state-of-the-art imaging.

Yale-New Haven Hospital is the only hospital in Connecticut to offer acute vascular neurology consultation through the Yale New Haven Telestroke Network. Now in its fourth year of operation, the Network allows a team of neurologists to provide 24/7 telemedicine coverage to two outlying hospitals in Connecticut and work in collaboration with the clinical staff in the Emergency Department to evaluate and treat patients presenting with acute neurological emergencies. These patients are also offered the opportunity to be transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital for neuro-interventional procedures, monitoring in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit and enrollment in clinical trials.

3 Critical Breakthroughs in Stroke Research

Discover innovative advances in stroke research at Yale from Drs. Kevin Sheth, Lauren Sansing, Joe Schindler, and Nils Petersen.


Stroke 101

In a presentation given in partnership with the New Haven Health Department, Dr. Rachel Forman teaches the basics of stroke, stroke risk factors, and how to identify symptoms.


Administrative Staff

  • Fellowship Program Coordinator, Senior Administrative Assistant, Neurology

    Pat serves as Program Coordinator for the Vascular Neurology (Stroke) Fellowship and works in partnership with the Program Director to ensure that regulatory and accreditation standards are met and educational activities that support the curriculum and recruitment strategies are implemented. Pat also coordinates activities for Yale Stroke faculty and the Yale Stroke Center. Pat came to Yale with twenty plus years' experience in Human Resources and Office Administration.Human Resource ManagementFairfield University, 1998