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Stroke and Vascular Neurology

At USF Health, our neurologists specialize in the treatment of diseases that affect the structure and function of the blood vessels supplying the brain. Our experts lead the USF Health Comprehensive Stroke Center, providing advanced care for complex stroke patients. 

As an academic medical center, our dedicated team of board-certified neurologists can diagnose and treat patients with a full range of vascular diseases affecting the nervous system ranging in levels of complexity, including:
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Carotid artery disease
We manage surgical vascular disorders with a multi-disciplinary patient care approach.  We work closely together with neurologists and radiologists to treat:
  • Vascular malformations
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Intracranial occlusive vascular disorders such as Moya
USF Health is the only health care provider in Florida with a collaborative effort between Neurology and Cardiovascular Services, dedicated to studying and providing care for diseases that affect both the nervous system and the cardiovascular system. The heart and brain are closely linked, and we are only beginning to understand the dramatic impact they have on each other.

We participate in multi-center clinical trials, as well as perform our own original research.

USF Health Comprehensive Stroke Center

When it comes to a stroke, early detection and treatment are essential to a strong recovery. Strokes can become complex. The USF Health Comprehensive Stroke Center, based at Tampa General Hospital, has the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to provide the cutting-edge stroke care you need.  

One of the largest in the country, the Bayshore Pavillion at TGH has a 10-bed Stroke Unit, which includes a 10-bed Trauma Resuscitation Unit and full capability CT and a MRI scan in the Emergency Department (ED); 2 dedicated neuroangiography suites; and a 32-bed Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit.  As an academic medical center, our board certified neurologists, advanced neuro-imaging, complex neurosurgical interventions, and dedicated neurointensive care unit with nurses specifically trained in stroke care are ready to care for you. 

USF Health’s Comprehensive Stroke Center at TGH, is a joint commission-certified Primary Stroke Center and Florida State-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as recognition for excellent stroke patient care. In addition, the USF Health Comprehensive Stroke Center earned the Comprehensive Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), which acknowledges our expertise in the comprehensive care for complex stroke patients.

We also provide outpatient care at the USF Health South Tampa Center for Advanced Healthcare, conveniently located within walking distance of Tampa General Hospital. In our clinics, we provide continuous care for patients after their hospitalization and see new patients for consultation.

Clinical Trials

The purpose of this research study is to compare the effects (good and bad) of apixaban with the effects (good and bad) of aspirin in patients with unexplained strokes and atrial cardiopathy to see which is better at prevention of future strokes. 

For more information on this study please visit this website:

To enroll in this study at USF please contact Tara McTigue at 813-259-8577 or
This study evaluates the use of the investigational drug BIIB093 versus placebo in patients with a large hemispheric infarction.

For more information on this study please visit this website:

For enrollment information about this study at USF please contact Tara McTigue at 813-259-8577 or

To assess the efficacy of intracerebral stem cells by change in degree of dependency and disability. Subjects will be in the stable chronic stage of stroke (6 to 12 months post stroke) with moderate or moderately severe disability as a result of an ischemic stroke.

For more information on this study please visit this website: ( when available) 

For enrollment information on this study please visit this website: (Currently unavailable) 

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