Elizbieta Wirkowski, MD, Director
Jay Yasen, MD, Director, Neurovascular Laboratory
Jonathan Brisman, MD, Director, Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery
Kathleen Michel, NP, Coordinator
As a regional leader in the field of neuroscience, Winthrop was chosen to be a New York State Stroke Center in 2005. Designated centers include a specialized unit — such as the NeuroICU — dedicated to stroke care with a 24/7, on-call multidisciplinary Stroke Team capable of administering care and adhering to the most up-to-date scientific guidelines and recommendations at a moment’s notice.
Treating more than 500 stroke patients annually, Winthrop recently became the first hospital on Long Island and in Queens to receive the American Heart and American Stroke Associations’ “Gold” level performance achievement award for stroke patient care. To receive the award, the Hospital demonstrated that it aggressively and consistently uses clot-busting medications, (tPA), as well as the Merci® Retriever and Penumbra™ mechanical clot removal systems for emergency patients whose window of opportunity for tPA drug therapy intervention has closed.
Additionally, the Stroke Center offers a Stroke Support Group and a Stroke Peer Visitor Program — the first program of its kind on Long Island — where former stroke patients lend support and encouragement to hospitalized patients.