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.