Course Information
UCLA Brain Attack! '19: Symposium on State-of-the-Art Stroke Management

UCLA Carnesale Commons
251 Charles E. Young Drive, West
Los Angeles, California
April 27, 2019
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
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Course Description

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 thrombolysis and neuroendovascular thrombectomy are highly effective techniques for treatment of acute ischemic stroke. The results of recent studies indicate that these reperfusion therapies are beneficial up to 4.5-6 hours after symptom onset in most patients, and up to 24 hours in imaging selected 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 Information



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! ‘19
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

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

Course Fees

  • $200 Early Enrollment
  • $225 (After March 29th)
  • $150 UC Faculty/Staff


Cancellations must be received in writing by March 29, 2019, 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

Geoffrey P. Colby, MD, PhD
Director, Division of Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Paul M. Vespa, MD
Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery*
Assistant Dean of Critical Care Medicine (Research)
Gary L. Brinderson Family Chair in Neurocritical Care

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

*David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Program Agenda

Saturday, April 27, 2019

7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome
S. Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD
8:05 Comprehensive Management of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Geoffrey P. Colby, MD, PhD
8:35 Treatments to Enhance Collaterals: Old and New Tricks
David S. Liebeskind, MD
9:05 The Changing Landscape in Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: Medical and Device Options
Noel G. Boyle, MD, PhD
9:35 Break
9:55 Holes in the Heart, Holes in the Brain: Managing Patent Foramen Ovale-Associated Stroke
Jamil A. Aboulhosn, MD
10:25 Comprehensive Medical Prevention of Atherosclerotic Stroke, Including PCSK9 Inhibitors and EPA
Neal M. Rao, MD
10:55 Neuroimaging of Salvageable Brain: Evaluating Core, Penumbra, and Collaterals
Bryan Y. Yoo, MD
11:25 Pre-Hospital Diagnosis and Treatment of Stroke in the First Minutes after Onset
May Nour, MD, PhD
11:55 Lunch
1:15 Endovascular Thrombectomy – Expanding Indications and Treatment Approaches
Reza Jahan, MD
1:45 Care of the Post-Thrombectomy Patient, Outcomes Good and Bad (Hemicraniectomy)
Latisha K. Sharma, MD
2:15 Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Advances in Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment
Paul M. Vespa, MD
2:45 Understanding Current Management of Arteriovenous Malformations and Cerebral Venous Thrombosis
Gary R. Duckwiler, MD
3:15 Break
3:30 Frontiers of Neurorestoration: Stem Cells, Neuromodulation, Brain-Machine Interfaces, and Virtual Reality
Bruce H. Dobkin, MD
4:00 Vascular Cognitive Impairment and Vascular Dementia
Lucas Restrepo, MD, PhD
4:30 The Future Is Now: Stroke Systems of Care in the New Therapeutic Era
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
  • Summarize recent developments in endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke and management of the post-thrombectomy patient
  • Employ recent developments in management of intracerebral hemorrhage and intracranial aneurysmal hemorrhage
  • Apply methods to manage arteriovenous malformations and cerebral venous thrombosis


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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.


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


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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.

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.