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Nishant Kumar Mishra

Assistant Professor of Neurology; Stroke Director, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute of Global Health

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Nishant Kumar Mishra, MD, PhD, FRCP, FAHA

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Nishant K. Mishra, MD, PhD, FRCP, FESO, FAHA, is a stroke neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine's main hospital in New Haven and the Stroke Director at the West Haven Veteran Affairs Medical Center. He enjoys serving veterans and making a meaningful contribution to their lives. Dr. Mishra enrolled in Government Medical College/ Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in July 1999. He finished medical school in 2003 and his internship in January 2005.

Dr. Mishra's journey in stroke medicine started in 2005 at the Lilavati Hospital and Research Center, Bandra, Mumbai, where he found Praful M Dalal, MD, and Shirish M Hastak, MD, as his mentors, who introduced him to the art of clinical neurology, particularly vascular neurology. Dr. Dalal would tell him how he extracted tissue plasminogen activator from blood during his time at Oxford, studied the vascular anatomy by injecting dyes in the human brain, and how his approach was shaped working with his mentor Miller Fisher a long time ago. Young, enthusiastic, and focused, Dr. Mishra began looking for opportunities and went to Lausanne, known for the Lausanne Stroke Registry, in 2006. The Swiss Government fully funded this, and he learned clinical stroke and behavioral neurology under the mentorship of Antonio Carota, MD, Jean Marie Annoni, and many others.

Dr. Mishra was selected by Kennedy Lees, MD, at Glasgow, where he was fully funded to conduct his clinical research at the Western Infirmary Hospital, Glasgow. He was fully supported by the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Government's ORS funding. Through this, Dr. Mishra successfully defended a PhD thesis on using thrombolytic therapy beyond recommendations in acute ischemic stroke.

Subsequently, Dr. Greg Albers recruited him to Stanford, where he closely worked with experts like Maarten Lansberg, MD, PhD, and Soren Christensen, PhD, to develop expertise in perfusion image-based stroke outcome prognostication.

Subsequently, Dr. Mishra spent a year at the US Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health, investigating sex differences in outcomes using TAVR devices.

Then, he spent five years doing a US ACGME residency (two years at Tulane, two years at Icahn School of Mount Sinai, and one year at UCLA) before moving to Yale.

Dr. Mishra has come to Yale and the West Haven VA Medical Center, Connecticut, with the following mission: (1) service through excellent clinical care; (2) build an extensive collaborative research program to promote stroke outcomes, e.g., IPSERC; (3) support the younger generation (trainees, junior faculties) in succeeding with their vision and making a meaningful contribution to society. IPSERC stands for International Post-Stroke Epilepsy Research Consortium, which Dr. Mishra founded together with Dr. Patrick Kwan, Professor of Epileptology at Monash University, Australia.

The research interests include post-stroke epilepsy, outcomes after cardiovascular procedures, women's health, thrombolysis, and prevention of complications from reperfusion therapy

See CURE Epilepsy talk on Post-Stroke Epilepsy Research Effort: .


Funded clinical research opportunities

Clinical research opportunities are funded through the VA/ Yale Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship. Interested candidates can contact Dr. Mishra at

We can host visiting trainees at Yale for collaborative projects.

Education & Training

  • Vascular Neurology ACGME Fellow
    UCLA (2021)
  • NIH StrokeNet Fellow
    UCLA (Mentors: J. Saver, MD; D.S. Liebeskind, MD) (2021)
  • MD
    The University of The State of New York, By Conferral (2020)
  • Neurology Resident
    Mt. Sinai Hospital, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai (2020)
  • Neurology Resident
    Tulane University (2018)
  • Internship
    Tulane University (2017)
  • ORISE Medical Scientist
    US Food and Drug Administration (2016)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Vascular Neurology
    Stanford University (Mentors: G. Albers, MD; M. Lansberg, MD) (2014)
  • PhD
    University of Glasgow, Medicine and Therapeutics (Mentor: K.R. Lees, MD, FRCP) (2012)
  • Visiting Researcher
    UT Houston (Mentors: J. Grotta, MD; Collaborator: TA Kent, MD; P Mandava, MD) (2011)
  • Visiting ESO researcher
    Karolinska University (Collaborator: N. Wahlgren, MD) (2009)
  • ESKAS Clinical Fellow
    University of Lausanne, CHUV (Mentors: A. Carota, MD; J.M. Annoni, MD) (2008)
  • MBBS
    Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, India (2005)


  • Prevention of Post-Stroke Epilepsy
    New York, NY, United States 2024
    Invited Talk, ICahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, New York
  • Prevention of Post-Stroke Epileptogenesis
    University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA 2023
    Frontiers in Neurology (UCLA)
  • Role Of Active Bilingualism In Promoting Cognitive Reserve And Resilience In Individuals At Risk Of Vascular Cognitive Impairment And Dementia
    Goa Velha, GA, India 2022
    International Symposium on Bilingualism and Cognition
  • Update on Contemporary Stroke Practice
    Invited talk to the CAPI. 2022
    CAPI - Journal Club
  • Stroke management during the COVID pandemic: An International Perspective
    Invited Speaker: Stroke management during the COVID pandemic: An International Perspective. Date: May 1st 2020. Audience: Indian Stroke Association. Chair: Shirish Hastak MD, Subhash Kaul MD 2020
    Stroke management during the COVID pandemic: An International Perspective
  • Use of iv alteplase beyond guidelines
    Mumbai, MH, India 2015
    Use of iv alteplase beyond guidelines
  • Perfusion Imaging to select stroke patients for recanalization therapy
    Mumbai, MH, India 2013
    Mumbai Stroke Society Meeting, Chaired by Dr. Bhim Singhal.
  • Outcomes After Thrombolysis Amongst Patients Aged greater than/=80 Years and Patients Having Diabetes or Previous Stroke: A Synopsis (Plenary Session)
    Barcelona, CT, Spain 2010
    Plenary Session, European Stroke Conference, Barcelona, 2010
  • Mismatch based delayed thrombolysis
    Mumbai, MH, India 2010
    Invited Talk, Grant Medical College, Mumbai. Chaired by Dr. Satish V Khadilkar.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Fellow of Royal College of PhysicianRoyal College of Physician, Glasgow2023
StrokeNet Fellow, 2020-2021NIH/ UCLA2020
R25 NIH awardNational Institutes of Health2020
Leon Levy Foundation awardLeon Levy Foundation2020
Exceptional ReviewerAnnals of Internal Medicine2019
Exceptional ReviewerAnnals of Internal Medicine2017
ORISE awardOWH/ US FDA/ Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education2015
Jim Gatheral Scholarship, UT Houston (Mentor: Dr. J Grotta)University of Glasgow, Scotland2011
Department to Department SITS-ISTR collaboration award, Karolinska University, SwedenEuropean Stroke Organisation2010
Overseas Research Studentship Award (ORSAS), University of Glasgow, Scotland, UKUK Secretary of State for Education and Science (ORSAS)2009
Roberts Travel AwardUniversity of Glasgow2009
Stipend award, University of Glasgow PhD StudentshipUniversity of Glasgow2008
Tuition award, University of Glasgow studentshipUniversity of Glasgow2008
Fellowship in Clinical Neurology (Stroke and Behavioral Neurology)Switzerland Government (ESKAS/ FCS award);Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne2006, 2008
Ratan Tata Trust Merit ScholarshipRatan Tata Trust, Government Medical College2002

Professional Service

United Kingdom Research and Innovation/ Medical Research Council (UKRI/MRC)Grant reviewer2023 - Present
American Indian Neurologist AssociationExecutive Committee Member; - Present
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, IndiaExternal examiner of a Ph.D. in Neurology thesis; Ref: AIIMS/ExamSec/Ph.D/12-04/20222022 - Present
Association of Indian Neurologist AssociationMember2022 - Present
American Heart AssociationFAHA2022 - Present
Neurology (Green Journal)Editorial Board Member2022 - Present
Clinical Neurology and NeurosurgeryReviewer2022 - Present
Alzheimers Disease and Associated DisordersReviewer2022 - Present
BMJ Surgery, Interventions, and Health TechnologiesReviewer2022 - Present
International Post-Stroke Epilepsy Research Consortium (IPSERC)Convenor, IPSERC.2021 - Present
PLOS OneAcademic Editor2021 - Present
American Epilepsy SocietyMember2021 - Present
Epilepsy and BehaviorReviewer2021 - Present
Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and MetabolismAd-Hoc Reviewer2020 - Present
Indian Stroke AssociationMember2020 - Present
Frontiers in Neurology (Stroke)Associate Editor (2019- present)2019 - Present
Frontiers NeurologyLaunched the following two research topics in my area of scientific interests: (1) Reperfusion Therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke (2017-2019; Co-editor: Bruce Campbell) (2) Intracranial Bleeding After Reperfusion Therapy in Acute Ischemic Stroke (2020-2021; Co-editors: Richard Leigh and Bruce Campbell).2017 - Present
Stroke JournalRecognized by the Editor, Dr. Marc fisher2017 - Present
BMJReviewer2016 - Present
Frontiers NeurologyAssociate Editor since 20192013 - Present
CMAJReviewer2013 - Present
Diabetes CareReviewer2013 - Present
Annals Internal MedicineReviewer2013 - Present
European Stroke OrganisationFellow of European Stroke Organization (FESO)2012 - Present
ADIS Drug EvaluationAlteplase: A review of its use in the management of Acute Ischemic Stroke. Co-reviewers: HP Adam, D Leys, S Lorenzano, and D Toni.2012
NeurocaseReviewer2012 - Present
BrainAd-Hoc reviewer2011 - Present
European Journal of NeurologyReviewer2011 - Present
Neurology JournalEditorial Board Member (2021-present) Ad-hoc reviewer (2006-2021)2010 - Present
Stroke JournalAd-hoc reviewer2006 - Present
World Stroke OrganisationMember2006 - Present

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