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About the Stroke Centers

A stroke is a medical emergency. If you experience these symptoms, please call 911 and go to the hospital immediately. Make sure you and your family can recognize the signs of a stroke, since prompt treatment means the best chance for optimal recovery.

The Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins has two stroke centers certified by the Joint Commission and Maryland’s Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), one at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and one at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. These certifications recognize that our centers offer the critical elements for long-term success and improving outcomes.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital: The First Comprehensive Stroke Center In Maryland

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, directed by Dr. Victor Urrutia, has earned the Joint Commission's and MIEMSS's stroke center certifications as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. This ensures specialized care for patients with even the most challenging strokes throughout the course of their diagnosis, treatment and recovery, at both the state-of-the-art inpatient hospital unit and the Stroke Prevention And Recovery Center (SPARC).

Patients benefit from a range of comprehensive medical, surgical and minimally invasive treatment options, as well as access to Johns Hopkins clinical trials and research and skilled nursing care. Our multidisciplinary team of doctors and specialists offers you comprehensive treatment plans from the moment you arrive at the hospital, with world-class emergency medicine physicians, vascular neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, neuroradiologists, neurointensivists, rehabilitation specialists and stroke care experts working together on your evaluation and treatment. The Neuro-Critical Care Unit (NCCU) ensures expert care, informed by the latest research and tailored to the specific needs of individuals with stroke and other neurologic and neurosurgical conditions.

Why Choose the Johns Hopkins Stroke Center

We are proud to report that our compliance rates are at or above the national safety standard and meet or exceed the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association's "Get with the Guidelines" performance targets. Our quality statistics:

  • Compliant: Compliance with the American Heart Association's "Get with the Guidelines" performance measures at or above 85 percent, better than the national benchmark.
  • Compliant: Carotid endarterectomy data are tracked by the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) and meet the national benchmark.
  • Compliant: Serious complication rates for diagnostic angiogram are less than 1 percent: better than the national benchmark.

#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Recovering After a Stroke – Argye Hillis, M.D.

Argye Hillis, M.D., and her team use brain imaging and functional assessments over the first year after a stroke to identify changes in blood flow in the brain, see what parts of the brain are active during certain tasks and observe how different parts of the brain work together during tasks, such as naming and reading.

Stroke Surgery | Tabatha's Story

When 21-year-old Tabatha had a stroke one morning at work, a team of Johns Hopkins physicians, nurses and staff rushed to save her life. Tabatha talks about her treatment and recovery at the Comprehensive Stroke Center.


  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital Stroke Center: 410-955-2228
  • The Stroke Prevention and Recovery Center: 443-287-8514

Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award

The American Heart Associations's 2015 gold plus seal

The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s commitment to success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care, according to evidence-based guidelines, is reflected in several awards granted by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The Johns Hopkins Hospital has achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for nine consecutive years, 2009 - 2017. The hospital has achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with 5 of 8 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures, which are designed to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. The Target Stroke Elite award reflects the institution's achievement of treating 75 percent of stroke patients with a clot-busting drug within 60 minutes of arrival. (Improving Door to Needle Time for IV Thrombolysis in Stroke)

Learn more about our Centers' performance and accountability.

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Maryland Patients

To request an appointment or refer a patient, please call:
Neurology: 410-955-2228
Neurosurgery: 410-614-1533

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Adult Neurology: 410-955-9441
Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259
Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337


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