Stroke Research

Our center doesn't just launch stroke programs — we study them too, applying our deep experience to each project. 

Learn more about our research into stroke care and outcomes:

Research Presentations

Setting up a Primary Stroke Center in Bogota, Colombia: An International Collaborative Experience

We outline our work with Colombia's first program to achieve Joint Commission International (JCI) certification, covering barriers, improvements and applications for other centers to follow.

Read more about the primary stroke center in Bogota. (PDF)

Implementation of Stroke Centers in Latin America: Demographics, Performance, and Outcomes of Acute Ischemic Stroke

We track stroke treatment trends across different health systems in Panama, Colombia, and the United States: patient demographics, time to treatment initiation, types of intervention and patient discharge destinations.

Read more about stroke centers in Latin America. (PDF)

Organization and implementation of a stroke center in Panamá

Read about our center's work in Panamá from the World Stroke Organization.



Gadani S, P, Gayle F, Jones P, Gailloud P, Faigle R, Urrutia V, C: Successful Thrombectomy for Large Vessel Occlusion after Emergent Transoceanic Patient Transport: An International Hub and Spoke Collaboration. Cerebrovasc Dis 2022. doi: 10.1159/000526295

Nelson, S. E., Aldrich, E., Johnson, B., Groman, S., Thompson, R. E., & Urrutia, V. (2022). Sustainability of Intravenous Alteplase Administration via Telephone-Based Consult: Data from a US Health SystemJournal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases: the official journal of National Stroke Association31(4), 106316. Advance online publication.

Haight Taylor, Tabaac Burton, Patrice Kelly-Ann, Phipps Michael S., Butler Jaime, Johnson Brenda, Aycock Anna, Toral Linda, Yarbrough Karen L., Schrier Chad, Lawrence Erin, Goldszmidt Adrian, Marsh Elisabeth B., Urrutia Victor C. The Maryland Acute Stroke Emergency Medical Services Routing Pilot: Expediting Access to Thrombectomy for Stroke. Frontiers in Neurology. 2021 August. doi:10.3389

Novarro-Escudero Nelson, Moon Yoon Ji, Olmedo Argelis, Ferguson Teresa, Caballero Ileana, Onodera Eduardo, Effio Euclides, Klein Lisa M., Zink Elizabeth K., Johnson Brenda, Urrutia Victor C. Organization and Implementation of a Stroke Center in Panamá, a Model for Implementation of Stroke Centers in Low and Middle Income Countries. Frontiers in Neurology. 2021 August. doi:10.3389

Faigle R, Johnson B, Summers D, Khatri P, Anderson CS, Urrutia VC; OPTIMISTmain Steering Committee. Low-Intensity Monitoring After Stroke Thrombolysis During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Neurocrit Care. 2020 Oct;33(2):333-337. doi: 10.1007/s12028-020-00998-0. PMID: 32514708; PMCID: PMC7279712.

Faigle R, Butler J, Carhuapoma JR, Johnson B, Zink EK, Shakes T, Rosenblum M, Saheed M, Urrutia VC. Safety Trial of Low-Intensity Monitoring After Thrombolysis: Optimal Post Tpa-Iv Monitoring in Ischemic STroke (OPTIMIST). Neurohospitalist. 2020 Jan;10(1):11-15. doi: 10.1177/1941874419845229. Epub 2019 May 5. PMID: 31839859; PMCID: PMC6900650.

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