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Don Easton M.D.
S. Andrew Josephson, M.D.
Anthony S. Kim, M.D., M.S.
Nerissa U. Ko, M.D.
Karl Meisel, M.D., M.A.
Neel Singhal, M.D. Ph.D.
Wade Smith, M.D., Ph.D.


Donald Easton, M.D.
Vascular Neurologist
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S Andrew Josephson MDS. Andrew Josephson, M.D.
Vascular Neurologist

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Dr. S. Andrew Josephson is a neurologist who specializes in neurovascular and other neurological disorders. At UCSF Medical Center, he cares for general neurology and stroke patients. Josephson's research interests include cognitive impairment after stroke and other neurological and medical illness as well as improving the quality and safety of hospital care for patients with rare and common neurological disorders.

After graduating from Stanford University, Josephson earned a medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at UCSF, where he was chief resident. He also completed fellowships in neurovascular neurology, specializing in stroke, and behavioral neurology, specializing in dementia, at UCSF. He is an associate professor of neurology, director of UCSF's Neurohospitalist Program, and medical director of Inpatient Neurology at UCSF.

Education
Washington University School of Medicine 2001

Residencies
UCSF Medical Center 2004

Fellowships
UCSF Medical Center, Neurology 2005


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Anthony Kim MDAnthony S. Kim, M.D., M.S.
Vascular Neurologist
Medical director of the UCSF Stroke Center

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Dr. Anthony S. Kim is a vascular neurologist and medical director of the UCSF Stroke Center. He specializes in stroke prevention, management of transient ischemic attack and stroke, and management of cerebral aneurysms. Kim primarily cares for patients in the hospital, including the Neurointensive Care Unit. He also provides follow-up care, initial consultations and second opinions for patients with complex neurovascular disorders in the UCSF Neurovascular Disease and Stroke Center. Conditions he treats include stroke, arteriovenous and cavernous malformations, carotid stenosis, and intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhage.

In his research, Kim's interests include stroke epidemiology, prevention and diagnosis; acute management of stroke; and the use of information technologies to improve the quality of health care. Kim earned an undergraduate degree at Brown University and a medical degree at UCSF, where he completed a neurology residency and served as co-chief resident. He completed a fellowship in vascular neurology and earned a master's degree in clinical research at UCSF. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Heart Association, and American Stroke Association. Kim is an assistant professor of Neurology at UCSF.

Education

UCSF School of Medicine 2002

Residencies
UCSF Medical Center, Neurology 2006

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Vascular Neurology 2009


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Nerissa Ko MD
Nerissa U. Ko, M.D.
Neurointensivist

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Dr. Nerissa Ko is a neurointensivist, or a neurologist with critical care training, who specializes in the care of hospital patients undergoing neurovascular treatment. She earned her medical degree at John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. She completed a residency in neurology and fellowships in critical care medicine and neurocritical care at UCSF Medical Center She is a member of several medical associations, including the American Heart Association, Neurocritical Care Society and Bay Area Stroke Society. Ko's research interests include the study of clinical outcomes of patients who suffer from subarchnoid hemorrhages.

Education
University of Hawaii 1995

Residencies
UCSF Neurology Department, Neurology 1999

Fellowships

UCSF, Critical Care Medicine 2000
UCSF, Neurovascular/Critical Care 2001


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Karl Meisel, M.D., M.A.
Vascular Neurologist
Director, Stroke Clinic

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Dr. Meisel is the director of the stroke clinic in the ambulatory care center. His interests are to provide a thorough evaluation of patients with a stroke from unclear causes (cryptogenic). He is working to use technology to achieve comprehensive care of patients after their acute stroke care. Dr. Meisel aims to use this care strategy to prevent future strokes and the related complications. He also co-directs the pulsatile tinnitus clinic to investigate the causes and potential treatments for this disabling condition.

Education
Michigan State University 2007

Residencies
Brown University, Neurology, 2011

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Neel Singhal M.D., Ph.D.
Neurointensivist
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Wade Smith MDWade S. Smith, Ph.D., M.D.
Neurologist
Director of Neurovascular Services

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Dr. Wade Smith, director of the UCSF Neurovascular Service, specializes in stroke prevention, the management of acute stroke, critical care medicine, cerebral blood-flow monitoring with transcranial Doppler techniques and the medical management of patients after stroke. As a neurointensivist trained in both critical care and neurology, he directs the UCSF Neurological Intensive Care Unit, a 16-bed ICU dedicated to the care and resuscitation of patients with neurological injury. Many of the patients he evaluates are referred for a second or third opinion, but he also sees patients on primary referral.

Smith earned a medical degree along with a doctorate in neurophysiology from the University of Washington. He completed a residency as well as a fellowship in critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Education

University of Washington 1989

Residencies

UCSF, Neurology 1993

Fellowships

UCSF, Critical Care 1994


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