University Of California, San Diego Medical Center

UCSD’s Stroke Center specializes in the use of advanced therapeutics in acute stroke, after-stroke care, and stroke prevention. UCSD is a leader in the field of endovascular intervention for stroke, using specially-designed instruments to remove blood clots and restore blood flow to the brain. The Center is San Diego’s first Joint Commission-certified stroke center and has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. UCSD is conducting a number of clinical trials of new stroke treatment therapies such as hypothermia (cooling the brain to extend the window of treatment), medications and neuro-endovascular therapy (including the Merci Retriever). The Stroke Center accepts one to two fellows each year. In addition to seeing clinic patients and Stroke Codes, the fellows are trained in clinical investigation. The primary goal of training in clinical investigation is to develop skills that enable a trainee to organize and participate in clinical investigations of new methods for stroke therapy.

Clinical Trials

  • CLEAR-ER - Study of the Combination Therapy of Rt-PA and Eptifibatide to Treat Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • CUFFS - Safety Study of External Counterpulsation as a Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • STOP-IT - The Spot Sign for Predicting and Treating ICH Growth Study
  • ICTuS2/3 - The Intravascular Cooling in the Treatment of Stroke 2/3 Trial
  • SPS3 - Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes Trial
  • Intravenous Thrombolysis Plus Hypothermia for Acute Treatment of Ischemic Stroke
  • Visualization of the Cerebral Arterial Circulation Using Contrast-Enhanced Transcranial Ultrasound in Code Stroke Patients
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Current fellows

  1. Amy Guzik, MD
  2. Nabeel Herial, MD
  3. Kiet Loc, MD
  4. Konrad Schlick, MD
  5. Ajeet Sodhi, MD

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Associate Professor

Brett C. Meyer, MD