Course Information

UCLA Brain Attack! '17

UCLA Carnesale Commons
Los Angeles, California

May 06, 2017

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The UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center presents its annual Brain Attack symposium to review the practical, clinical aspects of stroke prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The course will cover stroke risk factors, diagnostic testing, and medical and interventional therapy. 

Intravenous tPA and neuroendovascular thrombectomy are now proven therapies for treatment of acute ischemic stroke. The results of recent studies indicate that neurointerventional techniques of thrombectomy are beneficial up to six hours after symptom onset in most patients, and beyond six hours in select patients. A highly coordinated team approach is required to provide these treatments safely and effectively. 

Neuroimaging techniques are playing an increasingly important role in the evaluation of stroke patients. Faculty will provide an in-depth discussion of innovative MR and CT techniques. 

Target Audience

Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Interventional Neuroradiologists, Emergency Physicians,  Family Practice Physicians, Internists, and other health care professionals who want to enhance  their knowledge of the management of patients with cerebrovascular diseases. 

Registration Fees

Includes course registration, syllabus, continental breakfast, break refreshments, and lunch.

Your registration will be confirmed by email. Without the confirmation email, your registration is not complete.

  • $200 - Early Registration
  • $225 - Registration after April 7th
  • $150 - UC Faculty/Staff
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By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Brain Attack! '17
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512


Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to the Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA at (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620


Cancellations must be received in writing by April 7, 2017, and will be subject to a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be given after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be canceled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided. You may fax your refund request to 310-794-2624.

UCLA Course Director

Sidney Starkman, MD
Director, Emergency Neurology, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Neurology

UCLA Faculty Planning Committee

Bruce Dobkin, MD
Director, Neurological Rehabilitation and Research Program, Department of Neurology

Gary Duckwiler, MD
Director, Division of Interventional Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology

Jeffrey Saver, MD
Director, Stroke Neurology, Department of Neurology

Paul Vespa, MD
Director, Neurocritical Care, Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology


Marvin Bergsneider, MD

Professor and Residency Program Director
Department of Neurosurgery*

Manuel M. Buitrago Blanco, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology*

Noel G. Boyle, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Medicine*
UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center

Gary R. Duckwiler, MD
Professor and Section Chief of Diagnostic Interventional Neuroradiology of Radiology*
Division of Interventional Neuroradiology

Gregory W. Hendey, MD
Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine*

Jason D. Hinman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology*

Reza Jahan, MD
Professor and Director of Academic Affairs*
Division of Interventional Neuroradiology

David S. Liebeskind, MD
Professor of Neurology*
Director, Neurovascular Imaging Research Core
Director, Outpatient Stroke and Neurovascular Programs
Associate Neurology Director
UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center

May Nour, MD, PhD
Medical Director, UCLA Mobile Stroke Rescue Program
Department of Neurology and Division of Interventional Neuroradiology

Neal M. Rao, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology*
Director, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Stroke Program

Jeffrey L. Saver, MD
Professor and Senior Associate Vice-Chair of Neurology*
Director, UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center

Latisha K. Sharma, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology*
Director, Stroke Center Medical Quality
Director, UCLA TeleStroke Program
Associate Director, UCLA Vascular Neurology
Residency Program

Sidney Starkman, MD
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurology*
Co-Director, UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center
Director, UCLA Stroke Network

Satoshi Tateshima, MD, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology*
Division of Interventional Neuroradiology

Paul Vespa, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology*
Director, Neurocritical Care

Bryan Y. Yoo, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology*
Division of Neuroradiology

* David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Saturday, May 6, 2017

7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome
Marvin Bergsneider, MD
8:10 Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: Update on New Medical and Device Therapies
Noel G. Boyle, MD, PhD
8:40 Neuroimaging of Acute Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke: New Developments
Bryan Y. Yoo, MD
9:10 Applying Neuroimaging to Patient Selection for Intravenous Thrombolysis and Endovascular Thrombectomy
David S. Liebeskind, MD
9:40 The Need for Speed: Accelerating Door-to-Needle and Door-to-Puncture Times
Neal M. Rao, MD
10:10 Break
10:30 Endovascular Thrombectomy: State of the Art
Reza Jahan, MD
11:00 Quality Improvement in Stroke Care
Latisha K. Sharma, MD
11:30 Bringing the Hospital to the Patient: The Mobile Stroke Unit Paradigm
May Nour, MD, PhD
12:00 Lunch and UCLA Mobile Stroke Unit Tour
1:30 Afternoon Remarks
Gregory W. Hendey, MD
1:40 Care of Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke in the Intensive Care Unit
Manuel M. Buitrago Blanco, MD, PhD
2:10 Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Minimally Invasive Evacuation and Other Recent Advances
Paul Vespa, MD
2:40 Arteriovenous Malformations: Multimodal Management
Satoshi Tateshima, MD, PhD
3:10 Break
3:30 Aneurysm Management: Flow Diverters, Coils, and Additional Advances
Gary R. Duckwiler, MD
4:00 Inducing Neuroplasticity and Recovery from Stroke
Jason D. Hinman, MD, PhD
4:30 Cryptogenic Stroke: Embolic Strokes of Undetermined Source, Long-Term Cardiac Monitoring, and Other Recent Advances
Jeffrey Saver, MD
5:00 Adjourn

At the conclusion of this program participants should be able to: 

  • Summarize recent developments in endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke
  • Apply methods to accelerate time to thrombolysis and time to endovascular intervention
  • Utilize treatment options for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
  • Employ recent developments in management of arteriovenous malformations and intracranial aneurysms

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy now mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.


UCLA Carnesale Commons
251 Charles E. Young Drive, West
Los Angeles, CA 90095


From 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM, a $12 pre-paid parking permit will be supplied by the course and provided to you at the Sunset Village parking structure entrance for non-UCLA attendees. 

Please convey that you are attending the UCLA Brain Attack! Symposium and the attendant will issue you the pre-paid parking permit. 

If you arrive outside the specified time frame, you may purchase a parking permit at the Westwood parking kiosk off Westwood Boulevard at your own expense of $12, cash only.

Accommodation Suggestions

Although not specifically endorsed by this conference, a list of hotels conveniently located to UCLA is available here:

Driving Directions

From the 405 Freeway Exit on Sunset Blvd.. Proceed EAST on Sunset Blvd. and enter the campus by turning RIGHT onto Bellagio Drive. Proceed to the stop sign at the top of the hill. Turn LEFT at the stop sign onto De Neve Drive. Proceed 3/10 of a mile down the hill to the SV (Sunset Village) parking structure. The structure will be on your right. Turn RIGHT into the parking structure.