Doctors Who Treat Acute Stroke

Any individual diagnosed with a stroke should be evaluated as quickly as possible by an experienced neurosurgeon. The faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine includes some of the very best world-renowned specialists in treating acute stroke, including intracerebral hemorrhage, carotid occlusive disease, and other cerebrovascular disorders that can cause ischemic stroke:

Philip E. Stieg, Ph.D., M.D., the chair of Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery and neurosurgeon-in-chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, leads the cerebrovascular team. Dr. Stieg is one of the top neurosurgeons in the nation, having been named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly each year since that designation was created nearly two decades ago. Dr. Stieg has developed an international reputation in the area of cerebrovascular disorders and surgery; his work has been broadly published, and he has contributed to groups such as the Joint Sections of Cerebrovascular Surgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS). He is the past President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons and has received multiple awards and honors for his work. (Read more about Dr. Stieg.)

Dr. Jared Knopman, Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology at Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgeryspecializes in the treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spine and is one of the few neurosurgeons in New York City with dual expertise in both open neurosurgical and minimally invasive interventional techniques. Dr. Knopman has done specialized fellowship training in endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and is an expert in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms, AVMs, carotid stenosis, stroke, and pre-operative embolization.  (Read more about Dr. Knopman.)

Dr. Y. Pierre Gobin  is an internationally recognized expert with 20 years of experience in the treatment of acute stroke and other vascular conditions of the brain and spine. A pioneer in endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms, Dr. Gobin was one of the inventors of the Concentric MERCI Retriever that is used in removing blood clots and other obstructions. He has developed and established minimally invasive surgical approaches to treating acute stroke and has particular expertise in arterial stenting and other treatments for cerebrovascular disorders. (Read more about Dr. Gobin.)

Dr. Justin Schwarz is an award-winning neurosurgeon with fellowship training in stroke, AVMs, and other neurovascular conditions. He specializes in advanced, minimally invasive approaches to treating cerebrovascular disorders, using the most innovative new tools and technologies. He has expertise in endovascular embolization, venous stenting, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, and other cutting-edge techniques that use only the tiniest of incisions. (Read more about Dr. Schwarz.)

Ning Lin, M.D. brings a unique combination of neurosurgical and endovascular experience in treating a wide range of vascular diseases of the brain and spine. He has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and presented in national neurosurgery conferences on the topic of stroke. Dr. Lin sees patients and performs surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. (Read more about Dr. Lin.)

Dr. Srikanth Boddu is an interventional neuroradiologist who specializes in minimally invasive endovascular treatments for cerebrovascular and spinal disorders. In addition to stroke, Dr. Boddu’s specialties include aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, compression fractures, tumors, pseudotumor cerebri, and tinnitus. Dr. Boddu sees patients and performs surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center on the upper east side on Manhattan. (Read more about Dr. Boddu)

Dr. Heidi A. Bender is an award-winning, board-certified neuropsychologist and the director of neuropsychological services at Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery. Dr. Bender has expertise in cognitive remediation therapies appropriate for patients with a wide variety of cognitive challenges (i.e., after neurological surgery, cerebrovascular accidents, and other events). Dr. Bender has a special interest in the neuropsychological needs of non-native English speakers and patients born outside of the United States, and is active in professional groups working to reduce disparities in healthcare. More about Dr. Bender

Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in cognitive remediation after stroke or other brain trauma. Dr. Sacks has extensive experience in treating patients who suffer from cognitive and emotional difficulties that may be the result of a wide range of neurological conditions, including trauma; epilepsy; radiation or chemotherapy; cardiopulmonary bypass procedures; cerebrovascular disease; and others.  (Read more about Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman.)

The team at Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery has the state-of-the-art facilities of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the top hospitals in the United States, available to them for their lifesaving work. The combined resources and expertise of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center allow us to offer the very best in patient care, with excellent outcomes.

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What our Patients Say

Older adults are at the greatest risk for stroke, but the truth is that anyone can have a stroke at any time. Stroke is less common in young adults, but they can and do happen.
You may have seen Ramit Malhotra on TV or on social media lately. The healthy 28-year-old suffered an acute ischemic stroke three months before his planned wedding, but he was fortunate enough to be brought quickly to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens....
Cognitive remediation helps a stroke survivor find her new normalNothing was normal in 2020, but by the summer of that first pandemic year 47-year-old Tania Saiz and her fiancé felt good about traveling from their home in White Plains, New York, to...
Vascular specialists, who work with patients experiencing conditions and disorders of the blood vessels, often talk of the “Lazarus effect,” a phenomenon in which a patient revives after coming to the brink of death, as happens in stroke or heart...
It started out like any other normal day for Keri Mahe, a 40-year-old mother of two from Erie, Colorado. After her daily Spin class, she dropped her kids off at school and preschool, then stopped by a local coffee shop before settling down to work....
 A stay-at-home mom is stricken when an aneurysm she never knew she had suddenly ruptures. Thanks to Dr. Ning Lin and the neurosurgery team at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell, she is back home with her husband and...
Nancy Jarecki became one of the luckiest people ever to suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm when the ambulance took her to NewYork-Presbyterian... and Dr. Stieg. She was featured in one of the "Amazing Things Are Happening Here" TV ads. Watch the video:

Our Care Team

  • Chair and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief
  • Margaret and Robert J. Hariri, MD ’87, PhD ’87 Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Vice Provost of Business Affairs and Integration
Phone: 212-746-4684
  • Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
Phone: 718-670-1837
  • Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Fellowship Director, Endovascular Neurosurgery
Phone: 212-746-5149
  • Professor of Radiology in Neurological Surgery
Phone: 212-746-4998
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology in Neurological Surgery (Manhattan and Queens)
Phone: 212-746-2821 (Manhattan) or 718-303-3739 (Queens)
  • Director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist
Phone: 718-780-3070
  • Associate Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurological Surgery
  • Director of Neuropsychology Services
Phone: 212-746-3356
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Associate Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurological Surgery
Phone: 212-746-3356
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery (Brooklyn and Manhattan)
Phone: 212-746-2821 (Manhattan); 718-780-3070 (Brooklyn)

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