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Niagara Falls Memorial, UB Neurosurgery launch advanced stroke program

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Thu, Aug 1st 2019 11:00 pm

Niagara’s most experienced stroke center is about to take patient care to a whole new level, provided by world-renowned specialists aided by artificial intelligence technology.

Under the umbrella of advanced stroke program or “ASP,” Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and University of Buffalo Neurosurgery announced Wednesday that UBNS will provide medical care for stroke patients at Niagara Falls Memorial effective Monday.

UBNS’ internationally renowned endovascular team, which includes Dr. Elad Levy, Dr. Adnan Siddiqui, Dr. Kenneth Snyder and Dr. Jason Davies, will provide on-call stroke coverage at Memorial 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

An innovative technology called Viz.ai from Medtronic will enable enhanced CT angiography of the brain at Memorial’s Heart Center/ER1 emergency department to be delivered instantaneously to the UBNS physician for immediate diagnosis and treatment assessment. CT perfusion studies can be transmitted in real time to the on-call stroke specialist.

In the past, many patients presenting with advanced stroke symptoms at Memorial’s emergency department were transferred to Gates Vascular Institute for diagnosis. Most of those transfers will now be eliminated as patients will receive the same stroke care protocol in Memorial’s cardiac stroke unit under the direction of a UBNS physician. UBNS will also provide on-site care to stroke patients who are admitted to Memorial’s Cardiac/Stroke Care Center.

“In essence, we are bringing the technical expertise and cutting-edge stroke care treatment protocols used by these neuro specialists at the Gates Vascular Institute to our campus,” said Niagara Falls Memorial President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo. “This collaboration with UB Neurosurgery completes Memorial’s ‘Circle of Cardiac Care’ at our Heart Center. Now, like patients presenting with a heart attack, stroke patients presenting at our emergency room can avoid a risk-laden trip across the Grand Island bridges to get treatment.”

Serving as Memorial’s medical stroke director will be Snyder, a board-certified and fellowship-trained neurosurgeon and a former research fellow at the Barrow Neurological Institute (known as one of the best neurosurgical training centers in the U.S.). Snyder is a past recipient of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Vascular Fellowship for Cerebrovascular Research, The Toshiba Stroke Imaging Research Fellowship, and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. He has published numerous articles, holds multiple patents, and is an active member of several national neurosurgical and interventional organizations.

The neuroendovascular component of the renowned Kaleida Health Stroke Care Team at Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo, UBNS is a multidisciplinary team of experienced neurosurgeons, neurologists and emergency medical professionals who are expertly trained in comprehensive acute stroke care.

UBNS is a world-leader in the prevention and treatment of cerebrovascular disease – an umbrella term that refers to complex disorders of the complex blood vessels of the brain, including stroke, aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs).

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