Course Information

25th Annual UCLA Brain Attack! ‘2020: Symposium on State-of-the-Art Stroke Management

UCLA Carnesale Commons
Los Angeles, California

April 01, 2020

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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 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 to 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.



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By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
UCLA Brain Attack! ‘20
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 September 11th
  • $150 UC Faculty/Staff


Cancellations must be received in writing by September 11, 2020 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

Mersedeh Bahr Hosseini, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology*

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

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

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

Steven C. Cramer, MD
Professor of Neurology*
Medical Director of Research, California Rehabilitation Institute

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, 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
Associate 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 and Vascular Neurology 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
Professor of Radiology*
Division of Interventional Neuroradiology

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

*David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Saturday, October 17, 2020

7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Hearts Aflutter: An Update on Pharmacologic and Device Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
Noel G. Boyle, MD, PhD
8:30 Hearts Asunder: Secondary Prevention for Patent Foramen Ovale-Associated Stroke and TIA
Jamil A. Aboulhosn, MD
9:00 Evolving Frontiers in Prehospital Stroke Care
May Nour, MD, PhD
9:30 Telerehabilitation after Stroke
Steven C. Cramer, MD
10:00 Break
10:20 Neuroimaging Selection for Intravenous Thrombolysis and Endovascular Thrombectomy
Bryan Y. Yoo, MD
10:50 Expanding IV Treatment Options for Acute Ischemic Stroke
Neal M. Rao, MD
11:20 The Role of Collaterals in Acute Ischemic Stroke and the Potential of Collateral Augmentation Therapies
David S. Liebeskind, MD
11:50 Endovascular Thrombectomy: More Patients, More Vessels, More Time
Reza Jahan, MD
12:20 Lunch
1:40 Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Update on Medical and Surgical Treatments
Manuel M. Buitrago Blanco, MD, PhD
2:10 Advances in Endovascular Treatment of Hemorrhagic Cerebrovascular Disorders: From Subdural Hematomas to Cerebral Aneurysms
Satoshi Tateshima, MD, PhD
2:40 Modern Management of Brain Aneurysms: Selecting the Correct Tool from the Toolbox
Geoffrey P. Colby, MD, PhD
3:10 Break
3:30 Nervous System Stimulation for Acute Stroke Treatment and Recovery
Mersedeh Bahr Hosseini, MD
4:00 Recognizing the Relationship between Cerebrovascular Disease and Dementia
Jason D. Hinman, MD, PhD
4:30 A Historical Perspective: The Thrombolytic Revolution at Age 25, and the Shape of Things to Come
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
  • Apply recent developments in endovascular and intravenous treatment of acute ischemic stroke
  • Employ recent developments in management of intracerebral hemorrhage and intracranial aneurysms
  • Summarize use of telemedicine for stroke rehabilitation

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 $13 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 $13, 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.