Stroke Prevention and Recovery Center


Message from the Director

A stroke is life-changing event, which is why it is our mission to:

  • Deliver the highest-level patient centered care for stroke, including acute treatment, prevention, and recovery
  • Discover the underlying mechanisms of stroke and recovery, develop new treatments, and improve delivery/implementation to people at risk
  • Prepare the next generation of leaders in the field of cerebrovascular disease

It is our vision that stroke care will be improved for all, with the effective and functional integration of community outreach/education, acute care, prevention/recovery, and research.

We look forward to providing you with the best care available and welcome your comments, questions, and participation. Together we can shape the future of stroke.


Victor C. Urrutia, MD, FAHA

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About the Center

The Stroke Prevention and Recovery Center (SPARC) is a model for stroke risk management and prevention. Implemented in 2011, it serves the medium and long term follow up needs of our stroke patients (after discharge), and patients referred for primary or secondary prevention evaluations.

Our goal is to collaborate with primary care providers to actively provide patient centered care to outpatient stroke and TIA patients. We have organized stroke care in a multidisciplinary and interprofessional center, where a diverse team provides follow up for prevention and recovery, as well as evaluation of new patients. Our team includes researchers and clinicians who are dedicated to improving recovery and prevention.

The Stroke Prevention and Recovery Clinic occurs every Wednesday in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. The clinic provides an opportunity for patients to have in depth examinations and evaluation of their stroke risk factors.

The specialty-trained team of providers includes Dr. Victor Urrutia, vascular neurology fellows, a neurovascular nurse practitioner, and stroke prevention nurse. Members of the team assess patient needs, neurologic status, and develop an individualized treatment plan. Patients and their families also receive personalized education on how they can reduce their stroke risk factors and make positive lifestyle changes.

The purpose of the clinic is to prevent future strokes by controlling the risk factors of each patient through personalized management.

We invite you to participate in important studies and clinical trials to advance the field of stroke recovery and prevention. Our center is dedicated to providing the best prevention, treatment and comprehensive care.

For more information, contact The Johns Hopkins Hospital Stroke Center at 410-955-2228.

If you have questions about the Stroke Prevention and Recovery Center, please call us at 443-287-8514.