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Victor C. Urrutia, M.D.

Victor Cruz Urrutia, M.D.
Director, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center
Associate Professor of Neurology

Male  | Languages: English, Spanish

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  • Director, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Associate Professor of Neurology

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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Phone: 410-955-2228


Acute Stroke Care, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Neurology, Stroke, Stroke Prevention

Research Interests

Acute Stroke Treatment; Disparities in Stroke; Stroke in Latin America; Prevention of Stroke


Dr. Victor Urrutia serves as the medical director of the stroke service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He focuses on the clinical aspects of cerebrovascular disease (stroke), specifically acute stroke therapy and prevention.

Dr. Urrutia currently sees patients at the Stroke Prevention Clinic, located in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in Baltimore on Wednesdays, and cares for patients in The Johns Hopkins Hospitals Brain Rescue Unit.

Dr. Victor Urrutia received his medical degree from the University of Panama School of Medicine. He completed his neurology training at MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, now Drexel University College of Medicine. After his residency training, he completed fellowship training in neurocritical care and acute stroke at Drexel University College of Medicine and became a faculty member in the neurocritical care and acute stroke division. He then returned to Panama for two years where he was the first to treat patients with IV thrombolytic therapy for acute stroke. more

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    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • University of Panama School of Medicine / MD (1992)


    • MCP Hahnemann University / Neurology (1999)


    • MCP Hahnemann University / Neurological Critical Care (2000)


    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Neurology (2001, 2011)
    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Vascular Neurology (2005, 2016)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Urrutia’s research includes multiple clinical trials of acute stroke treatment. These are focused on testing new treatments for acute stroke patients, including the application of IV tPA to new patient groups ("wake up" stroke patients), new thrombolytic agents ("clot busting" medications), and new models of delivery of acute stroke care. Learn about current clinical trials.

    Other research efforts include studying the impact and methods of community education and screening for stroke risk factors in the Northeast Market Project, The Johns Hopkins Stroke Center Community Outreach Program, and studying the impact of a new secondary stroke prevention delivery model, as well as interventions to reduce recurrence and enhance recovery in stroke patients.

    Clinical Trial Keywords: Wake Up Stroke

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    • Clinical Collaboration and Teamwork, 2015 Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards
    • Heroes Award in the category of Advancements in Health Care
    • Selected as Finalist, Daily Records Health Care, 2008
    • Frank A. Ford Award for Outstanding Teaching in Neurology, 2009
    • 2010 JHU Department of Medicine, Osler service award for¬†Outstanding Teaching., 2010
    • Fellow of the American Heart Association, American Heart Association, 2010


    • American Academy of Neurology, 1997
    • American Society of Neuroimaging, 2001 - 2005
    • American Stroke Association, 1999
    • Neurocritical Care Society, 2003 - 2006
    • Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2001 - 2005
    • World Stroke Organization, 2009 - 2010
  • Videos & Media +

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    A New Way to Treat Ischemic Stroke, NeuroLogic (Fall 2015)

    How to Survive a Stroke, Everyday Health (8/2/2015)

    Keeping Previous Stroke Patients from Becoming Inpatients, NeuroNow (Spring 2015)

    After stroke treatment advances, hospitals changing approach, Chicago Tribune (05/07/2015)

    Few stroke patients get clot-busting drug, USA Today (02/13/2014)

    Press Release: Johns Hopkins Becomes First Hospital in Maryland to Earn 'Comprehensive Stroke Center' Designation (07/24/2013)

    Recorded Seminar: Updates in Stroke Risk and Prevention

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