Course Information

UCLA Brain Attack ‘18: Symposium on State-of-the-Art Stroke Management

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

May 05, 2018

*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

Syllabus for Conference Registrants

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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 6th
  • $150 - UC Faculty/Staff
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To enroll click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
UCLA Brain Attack! '18
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512


Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

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


Cancellations must be received in writing by April 6, 2018, 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.

Jamil A. Aboulhosn, MD
Director, Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine*
Divisions of Cardiology and Pediatric Cardiology

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

S. Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD
Frances Stark Chair in Neurology and Professor of Neurology*

Geoffrey P. Colby, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology*
Director, Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery

Bruce H. Dobkin, MD
Professor of Neurology*
Director, Neurologic Rehabilitation and Research Program

Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, FAAP, FAEMS
Medical Director, Los Angeles County EMS Agency
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics*
Clinical Faculty, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine
Investigator, Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute

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
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Radiology*
UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center and
Division of Interventional Neuroradiology

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

Lucas Restrepo, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology*

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

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

Anthony C. Wang, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery*

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

*David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Saturday, May 5, 2018

7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome
S. Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD
8:10 Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: Medical and Device Therapies
Noel G. Boyle, MD, PhD
8:40 Patent Foramen Ovale Closure and Medical Treatment: Decision-Making in the Era of Evidence-Based Device Therapy
Jamil A. Aboulhosn, MD
9:10 Faster and Smarter at Primary Stroke Centers: Door to Needle, Door In Door Out, and Calibrated Patient Care
Neal M. Rao, MD
9:40 Break
10:00 Thrombectomy – Magnitude of Benefit in Early and Late-Presenting Patients and New Devices
Reza Jahan, MD
10:45 Using Neuroimaging to Identify Patients Who Will Benefit from Stroke Therapies
Bryan Y. Yoo, MD
11:15 The Role of Collaterals in Determining Fast and Slow Progressors
David S. Liebeskind, MD
11:45 Changing the Landscape of Stroke Pre-Hospital Care: In-Field Experience from California’s First Mobile Stroke Unit
May Nour, MD, PhD
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Afternoon Remarks
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, FAAP, FAEMS
1:40 Update on Brain Aneurysms: to Treat or Not to Treat
Geoffrey P. Colby, MD, PhD
2:10 Advances in the Endovascular Treatment of Cerebral Aneurysms
Satoshi Tateshima, MD, PhD
2:40 Moyamoya Disease and Pediatric Stroke
Anthony C. Wang, MD
3:10 Break
3:30 Optimizing Recovery Beyond the First Three Months
Bruce H. Dobkin, MD
4:00 Code Brain: Code Stroke Patients without Stroke
Lucas Restrepo, MD, PhD
4:30 Ideal Stroke Prevention: PCSK9 Inhibitors, New Blood Pressure Goals, and the End of Atherosclerosis
Jeffrey L. Saver, MD
5:00 Adjourn

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

  • Utilize recent advances in the treatment of atrial fibrillation and in the treatment of atherosclerosis
  • Apply methods to accelerate time to thrombolysis and time to endovascular intervention
  • Summarize recent developments in endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke
  • Employ recent developments in management of intracranial aneurysms, Moyamoya disease, and pediatric stroke

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 7.00 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 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.

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