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Stroke Treatment Center at Winthrop-University Hospital

A multidisciplinary team of stroke recovery specialists committed to excellence in patient care, research, and education.

Winthrop-University Stroke Center is composed of a multidisciplinary team of stroke recovery specialists -- neurologists, interventional neuroradiologists, and neurosurgeons -- who are renowned for advanced patient care. We are committed to the highest quality stroke care services, and are dedicated to advancing stroke treatment through research and education.

A New York State-Designated Primary Stroke Center

A destination for patients across the region, our stroke recovery and care  team holds the specialized expertise to diagnose and treat a wide range of cerebrovascular diseases, including arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas, hemorrhagic strokes, ischemic strokes, atherosclerosis, and carotid stenosis. As a regional leader in the field of neuroscience, our Stroke Treatment Center was designated a New York State Stroke Center in 2005. Designated centers include a specialized unit — such as the Neuro ICU — 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.

Expertise You Can Count on to Maximize Stroke Recovery

Because of our volume of patients and the advanced services and care, Winthrop became the first hospital on Long Island and in Queens to receive the American Heart and American Stroke Association’s“Gold” level performance achievement award for stroke patient care. To receive the award, the Winthrop 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, our Stroke Treatment 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.

Our Stroke Treatment Center Team

Elizbieta Wirkowski, MD
Director, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NeuroICU)
516-663-4525

Jay Yasen, MD
Director, Stroke Services
516-663-4525

Jonathan Brisman, MD
Director, Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery
516-255-9031

Kathleen Michel, NP
Administrative Director & Coordinator/Cerebrovascular Program
516-663-4525