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Staten Island University Hospital strives for comprehensive stroke care


Dr. Mohammed Moussavi was appointed as director of Neuro-Endovascular Services and director of Neurovascular Program at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). This program is part of Northwell Health's Neuroscience Institute. It aims to achieve Joint Commission (JCAHO) - accredited comprehensive stroke center status.

In a borough that sees some of the highest rates of stroke in New York City, the goal of comprehensive stroke status comes at a time of expanded service at SIUH. In 2017, the hospital's South Site became a designated stroke center by the New York State Department of Health. It also added four telestroke units to the emergency rooms at both sites, allowing a neurologist to remotely participate in acute stroke care at the bedside, dramatically reducing the time for clot busting tPA medications to be administered.

At the 2018 International Stroke Conference, SIUH received the Gold Plus Quality award for stroke care from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).

"Dr. Moussavi's arrival brings all disciplines together for total comprehensive stroke care for Staten Island," said Dr. Souhel Najjar, executive director of the neurology service line at Northwell Health. "It's our obligation to provide this level of world-class care for a community of over 500,000 residents."

"We have a very effective multidisciplinary, 24-hour stroke team that's dedicated to this goal," said Dr. Moussavi. The residents of Staten Island need this care, they deserve this care. We need to get to this level as soon as possible. With the help of the community, we can do more, and we can serve it better."

Before joining SIUH, Dr. Moussavi was the director of JFK Medical Center's Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology in New Jersey and was the leader of the Cerebrovascular Research Team during his fellowships. He is fellowship-trained and board certified in Neurology, Vascular neurology/Stroke, Neurocritical Care, and Neuro-Endovascular Surgery. He has mentored fellows, residents, and students in the above subspecialties throughout his career.

In 2013 and 2015, Dr. Moussavi was awarded the Teacher of The Year by New Jersey Neuroscience Institute Training program at Seton Hall University. Dr. Moussavi finished his fellowships at New Jersey Neuroscience Institute and did his residency in neurology at UMDNJ. In the last year of his residency, he was Administrative Chief resident of the main hospital under UMDNJ Neuroscience program, including Newark main campus, Robertwood Johnson East Brunswick, and East Orange VA hospital. Dr. Moussavi attended Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences in Iran. He has published extensively and led many research projects, as well as, clinical trials in the field of cerebrovascular disease.

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