MORRISTOWN, NJ - Focusing on the 'ABCs' of rapid stroke care, Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center will hosti its 19th annual stroke symposium at the The Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown on May 18. The medical center is known for excellent care of people with stroke and other neurological conditions.

Summit's 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, Overlook 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 May 13. To register, visit: AtlanticHealth.cvent.com/Stroke2019  or call 1-800-247-9580 to register by phone.

For further information, call 908-522-6394.