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Victor C. Urrutia, MD

Victor Cruz Urrutia, MD
Director, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center
Assistant Professor of Neurology

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

Centers & Institutes

  • Cerebrovascular Center


Acute Stroke Care, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Critical Care Medicine, Stroke, Stroke Prevention

Research Interests

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


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.


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1997-‐present American Academy of Neurology.
1999-‐present American Stroke Association.
2001-‐2005 Society of Critical Care Medicine.
2001-‐2005 American Society of Neuroimaging.
2003-‐2006 Neurocritical Care Society.
2009-‐2010 World Stroke Organization.

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • Wake Up Stroke

Additional Resources

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  • Education +


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


    • MCP Hahnemann University / Neurology (Philadelphia PA) (1999)


    • MCP Hahnemann University / Neurological Critical Care (Philadelphia PA) (2000)


    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Neurology (2011)
    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Vascular Neurology (2005)
  • 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. 

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  • Activities & Honors +


    02/24/2010: Fellow of the American Heart Association.

    2008 Selected as Finalist for The Daily Records Health Care
    Heroes Award, in the category of Advancements in Health Care, for work done in reaching out to the community to screen and teach about stroke risk factors, symptoms and
    2009 Frank A. Ford Award for Outstanding Teaching in Neurology.
    JHU Department of Medicine, Osler service award for
    Outstanding Teaching.
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    Meet our Expert - Dr. Victor Urrutia

    Dr. Urrutia, Director of The Johns Hopkins Hospital Stroke Center, treats acute stroke patients and focuses on the prevention and recovery of stroke patients in the clinic.

    Recorded Seminar: Updates in Stroke Risk and Prevention

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    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)

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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-2228
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    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-2228
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