Victor C. Urrutia, M.D.

Victor Cruz Urrutia, M.D.

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

Languages: English, Spanish


Acute Stroke Care, Carotid Artery Stenosis, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Ischemic Heart Disease, Moyamoya Disease, Neurology, Stroke, Stroke Imaging, Stroke Prevention, Stroke Recovery, Stroke Rehabilitation, Transient Ischemic Attack more

Research Interests

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

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-2228
601 N. Caroline St.
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Dr. Victor Urrutia serves as the medical director of the stroke service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and director of the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute. 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 Hospital's 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


  • Director, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Director, Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute
  • Professor of Neurology

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


  • Neurology; MCP Hahnemann University (1999)


  • Neurological Critical Care; MCP Hahnemann University (2000)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry And Neurology (Neurology) (2001)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and 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. 

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

Activities & Honors


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


  • 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

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

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)

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