North Shore-LIJ’s Neurosurgery Team Guest Speak At Major Stroke Conference in China

North Shore-LIJ's staff attend SMILE Stroke Conference in China
From left to right: David Langer, MD; Richard Temes, MD; Sumita Yadav, MD, MHA; Paul Wright, MD; Sean Dowling.

MANHASSET, NY -- Several members from North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute and the division of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital (LHH), both part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, were invited to speak at the SMILE stroke conference sponsored by Universal Medical Financial & Technical Advisory Services Co., Ltd.

The conference took place in Zhengzhou, China, Oct.19-23.

North Shore-LIJ’s guest speakers included: David Langer, MD, LHH’s chief, division of neurosurgery; Richard Temes, MD, director, Center for Neurocritical Care at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH); Paul Wright, MD, chair, neurology at NSUH and Long Island Jewish Medical Center; and, Sumita Yadav, MD, MHA, North Shore-LIJ’s assistant vice president, neurosurgery service line.

Topics included: Establishing and managing world class Neuroscience Institute across a complex integrated health system; stroke transfers and benefits of telestroke medicine; diagnosis and management of neurovascular disease including stroke and moyamoya; e-discharge application to enhance patient education about their diagnosis, treatment and post-surgical care; and, clinical and administrative implementation of an e-Neuro intensive care unit (ICU) program.

“In China, stroke is the number one cause of death,” said Dr. Langer. “It is a substantial problem largely due to hypertension, high salt diets and the fact that there are more than 300 million Chinese smokers.  All of these factors combined can lead to an increased risk of stroke.  A conference such as this one allows us to share with the Chinese medical community about the latest advances in neurovascular disease treatments, the importance of telemedicine, and the vital role of post-surgical care of stroke patients which can be greatly enhanced with an e-Neuro ICU.”

One of the highlights of the conference was when one of Dr. Langer’s former patients, a 43-year-old female from New York City, skyped into the conference to talk about how the e-Discharge packet she received from Dr. Langer and his team, made a big difference in understanding her diagnosis, treatment and post discharge instructions. 

“It is our hope by participating in this conference and sharing our expertise and our commitment to staying on top of healthcare information technology, that the infrastructure of the Chinese medical community will evolve,” said Dr. Langer.


About North Shore-LIJ Health System -- North Shore-LIJ is changing its name to Northwell Health in January 2016.
One of the nation's largest health systems, the health system delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. The health system cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. The health system’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 15,000 nurses and have affiliations with nearly 13,600 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, the health system is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to

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