OUR STROKE PROGRAM


A multidisciplinary team that provides clinical care to stroke patients, while conducting ...

NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

  • May 2017: The members of the Ottawa Stroke Program received multiple nominations at the Ottawa Hospital Annual Excellence Awards. Isabelle Martineau was the winner of the Excellence Award in the Working Together category. Laura Dunn was nominated in the Commitment to Compassion category. The Stroke Unit and the Ottawa Stroke Program research team were each nominated for a Team Excellence award.

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  • January 2017: Dr. Stotts publishes an article defining the role of the stroke physician during endovascular therapy of acute ischemic stroke. Stotts G, Poppe AY, Roy D, Jovin TG, Lum C, Williams D, Thornton J, Baxter BW, Devlin T, Frei DF, Fanale C, Shuaib A, Rempel JL, Menon BK, Demchuk AM, Goyal M, Hill MD. Stroke. 2017 Jan 31. pii: STROKEAHA.116.015385. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.116.015385. [Epub ahead of print]

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  • January 2017: Dr. Shamy and Dr. Fedyk (research associate) publish a letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine, introducing their work on clinical trial ethics.
    Shamy MCF, Fedyk M. Clinical Trials Involving Hypertension. N Engl J Med2017;376:289-90.

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  • December 2016: The STRIVE-30, project to lower door-to-needle times has tripled the rate of times < 30 mins in 2016 (46 cases)

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  • November 2016: The second Annual Ottawa Stroke Summit, was a huge success and was run in conjunction with the Champlain Regional Stroke Network. Guest speakers included Dr. Tony Hakim, founder of the Canadian Stroke Network; Dr. Patrice Lindsay, Director, Canadian Heart and Stroke, Stroke Services and Dr. Shazam Hussain, Director, Cerebrovascular Services, Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

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  • Sept 2016: Ms. Gocan, Dr. Stotts and team show how a fast-track system in our Stroke Prevention Clinic can lead to timely carotid endarterectomy. See Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27670208

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  • Sept 2016: Dr. Dowlatshahi leads an international team of researchers to advance our ability to diagnose high-risk patients with intracerebral hemorrhage. See Stroke 2016 Mar;47(3):695-700

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  • August 2016: Dr. Shamy and collaborators in Canada and the United States present the results of their international survey on acute stroke decision-making. Shamy MCF, Pugliese M, Meisel K, Rodriguez R, Kim AS, Stahnisch FW, Smith EE. How Patient Demographics, Imaging and Beliefs Influence Tissue-Type Plasminogen Activator Use. Stroke 2016;8:2051-2057.

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  • April 2016: Dr. Shamy and members of the Ottawa stroke team report the first known use of endovascular thrombectomy in a pregnant woman with stroke. Boyko M, Iancu D, Dowlatshahi D, Shamy MCF. Decision-Making and the Limits of Evidence: A Case Study of Acute Stroke in Pregnancy. Neurohospitalist 2016;6:70-75.

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  • July 2015: Dr. Shamy argues for the importance of CT Angiography in acute stroke decision-making. Douglas V, Shamy M, Bhattacharya P. Should CT Angiography Be a Routine Component of Acute Stroke Imaging? Neurohospitalist 2015;5:97-100.

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  • April 2015: The new Neurovascular Unit (NVU is launched! The NVU is an inpatient clinical stroke teaching unit responsible for all stroke code coverage during the workdays.

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  • January 2015: Dr. Shamy and collaborators introduce the philosophical concept of fallibility to resolve ethical controversies surrounding clinical trials like ESCAPE. Shamy MCF, Stahnisch FW, Hill MD. Fallibility: A New Perspective on the Ethics of Clinical Trial Enrollment. Int J Stroke 2015;10:2-6.

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  • Jan 2014: The first Ottawa patient is enrolled into the ESCAPE endovascular clinical trial.

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  • Dr. Michel Shamy successfully defended his master’s thesis on “Acute Stroke Decision-Making in Historical & Philosophical Context, 1960-2014” (May 6, 2014)

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  • The Ottawa Stroke Program welcomes Dr. Ghazala Basir as a new clinical and research fellow (August 18, 2014)

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  • Drs. Dowlatshahi, Shamy, and Basir presented research at the Canadian Stroke Congress in Vancouver BC (October 5-7, 2014)

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  • Dr. Shamy’s study on acute stroke decision-making is featured on the front page of the Vancouver Sun (October 7, 2014)

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  • The 2014 World Stroke Conference has accepted research abstracts from Stroke Fellow Dr. Deshpande and Neurology Resident Dr. Van Gaal.  Dr. Dowlatshahi will also present at the conference as an invited speaker.

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  • Dr. Dowlatshahi and team publish their second manuscript from the ongoing OSRICH-1 study in the journal PLoS One: Chakraborty S, Alhazzaa M, Wasserman JK, Sun YY, Stotts G, Hogan MJ, Demchuk A, Aviv RI, and Dowlatshahi D. Dynamic Characterization of the CT Angiographic ‘Spot Sign’. PLoS One. 2014 Mar 3;9(3):e90431.

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  • Dr. Anirudda Deshpande starts Stroke Fellowship with the Ottawa Stroke Program February 1, 2014

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  • Ottawa Stroke Program enrolls their first patient into ESCAPE trial. January 23, 2014. Ottawa initiates their involvement in the the ESCAPE trial examining intra-arterial therapy in selected patients.

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  • Dr. Al-Hazzaa, Stroke Fellow, obtains carotid doppler certification. With training received through his fellowship, Dr. Al-Hazzaa was able to obtain certification in reading carotid and transcranial dopplers. January 19, 2014

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  • Dr. Grant Stotts receives award to analysis the efficacy and safety of a new Neurosciences Acute Care Unit in the Ottawa Hospital. January, 2014

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  • Dr. Dowlatshahi receives Department of Medicine Clinician-Scientist Research Chair Award January, 2014

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  • Dr. Dowlatshahi leads Ottawa Stroke Research Group publication demonstrating that the “spot sign” is consistent with active extravasation by using CT time-resolved imaging Stroke. 2014 Jan;45(1):277-80

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  • Dr. Michel Shamy publishes on the complexities of acute stroke decision-making. Neurology. 2013 Sep 24;81(13):1130-3

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  • Dr. Dylan Blacquiere presents at Canadian Stroke Congress October, 2013. Stroke Fellow Dr. Blacquiere presented on delay factors to stroke clinic at the annual Canadian Stroke Congress

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