Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center is hosting its 19th annual stroke symposium at the The Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown on May 18, 2019, with a focus on the “ABCs” of rapid stroke care. The medical center is known for excellent care of people with stroke and other neurological conditions.

Overlook Medical Center is home to the only stroke program in New York and New Jersey to be recognized as 100 Best in the nation by Healthgrades® six years in a row. Since 2017, Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center has been named among the Top 5% of hospitals in the U.S. for excellence in Treatment of Stroke, Cranial Neurosurgery and Neurosciences more times than any other hospital in NY or NJ.

The symposium will feature presentations by a number of neurology and neurosurgery experts at Overlook Medical Center, along with several distinguished guests. The keynote speaker is Gregory W. Albers, MD, professor of neurology, neurological sciences and neurosurgery at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Stroke Center, who will present “How the Stroke Stopwatch Was Shattered.” Other noteworthy attendees include John Lynch, MD, a neurologist from the National Institutes of Health who will discuss pediatric stroke, and Daniel Antoniello, MD, a neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York who will cover the essentials of vascular cognitive impairment.

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The symposium will delve into topics such as the role of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), an FDA-approved IV-administered drug therapy, to break up blood clots (presented by stroke neurologist John Hanna, MD, the medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center and neurosurgeon Ronald Benitez, MD, chair of endovascular neurosurgery); the MIND Trial, which evaluates the success of Artemis™, a Minimally Invasive Neuro Evacuation Device, in removing intracerebral hemorrhage (presented by neurosurgeon Paul Saphier, MD, principal investigator); stroke during pregnancy (presented by stroke neurologist Gary Belt, MD, FAAN); stroke intervention options beyond anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation patients (presented by stroke neurologist Robert A. Felberg, MD and interventional cardiologist David Bartov, MD); and how neuromuscular disorders can mimic acute stroke (presented by neurologist Andrew Tarulli, MD). The goal of the symposium is to facilitate an understanding of how cutting-edge research and treatment advances translate into rapid stroke care and more positive outcomes for patients.

In addition to the presentations, a case study session will feature several neurologists outlining specific cases. The day will conclude with a panel discussion, closing remarks and evaluations.

The symposium is designed for health care professionals interested in stroke care, especially pre-hospital healthcare providers (EMS), emergency room physicians and staff, stroke coordinators, stroke medical directors, nurses and other physicians such as hospitalists, intensivists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional radiologists.

The registration deadline is Monday, May 13, 2019.  To register, visit:  or call 1-800-247-9580 to register by phone.

Please call 908-522-6394 with any questions regarding the symposium.


About Atlantic Health System Neuroscience

Atlantic Health System Neuroscience, anchored at Overlook Medical Center, with active programs at Morristown, Newton, Chilton and Hackettstown Medical Centers, is the region’s leader in neuroscience care. Overlook Medical Center, with a helipad dedicated to emergency neurological patient transport, as well as a Neuro-ICU and 29-bed neuroscience inpatient unit, has established a reputation for excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of advanced neurological, neurosurgical and neuro-diagnostic services.


Overlook Medical Center performs more brain tumor surgeries than any other hospital in the state and is named by Healthgrades® among the top 5% in the nation for Neurosciences for five years in a row (2015-2019) and is a recipient of their Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award for two years in a row (2018-2019), which places Overlook Medical Center at the top 5% in the Nation for Cranial Neurosurgery in 2019.  CareChex®, a medical quality rating system that reviews hospital clinical quality, patient safety and performance of nearly all acute care hospitals and health systems in the U.S., ranked Overlook Medical Center as number one in New Jersey and Top 100 in the Nation for Excellence in Major Neurosurgery.


Atlantic Health System’s most complex stroke patients are treated at Overlook Medical Center’s Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, a designation reserved for approximately 100 hospitals in the United States. Overlook is the only hospital in New Jersey named as one of Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ for 7 years in a row (2013-2019).


The Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook Medical Center has established centers of excellence in the areas of brain tumor, concussion and traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular disease, including stroke and aneurysm, epilepsy, memory and cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, neuromuscular disease, pain and headache, and spine disorders.