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Michigan Stroke Network Conference on Stroke Care
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WSU School of Medicine-Sponsored Program to Educate Health Care Professionals on Aspects of Stroke Treatment

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Michigan Stroke Network, in collaboration with the Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine, will host a Neuroscience conference entitled, “What’s New in Stroke Care,” Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at the Detroit Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy.  The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast.

The half-day educational conference will have the following objectives:

  • Highlight the under-recognized risk of stroke and prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation and the associated morbidity, mortality and cost burdens
  • Discuss strategies to incorporate clinical guidelines and quality measures into patient care to optimize outcomes
  • Examine current guidelines regarding risk factor treatment for stroke prevention
  • Enhance awareness and knowledge of recent data regarding thrombolysis for acute stroke.
  • Analyze current opportunities for endovascular therapies for acute stroke

Faculty members and their topics are:

  • Seemant Chaturvedi, MD, FAHA, FAAN, course director, Medical Director of the Michigan Stroke Network, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Stroke Program at WSU, “Diagnostic Evaluation and Risk Stratification”;
  • Andrew Xavier, MD, course director, SJMO Medical Director of Neuroendovascular Services and Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology, WSU, “Interventional Therapy for Acute Stroke”;
  • Benjamin Atkinson, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Fellowship Director of Neuro ICU and Neurotrauma, Department of Neurology, WSU, “The Latest on Thrombolysis for Stroke”;
  • Pratik Bhattacharya, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurology, WSU, “What’s New in Risk Factor Treatment?”;
  • Ramesh Madhavan, MD, DM, SJMO Medical Director of Telemedicine, Associate Professor of Neurology, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Neurology Residency Program Director, Department of Neurology, WSU, “Stroke Centers and Telemedicine”;
  • Rajiv Nair, MD, SJMO Cardiac Electrophysiologist, “What’s New With Atrial Fibrillation?” and
  • Connie Parliament, RN, MSN, CNRN, SJMO Clinical Director of Neuroscience Services and the Michigan Stroke Network, “Recognition of Michigan Stroke Network Partners and Patients.”

SJMO President and CEO Jack Weiner and WSU School of Medicine Dean Valerie M. Parisi, MD, MPH, MBA, will deliver opening remarks.

The conference is open to medical professionals in the fields of Internal Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Family and General Practice, Emergency Medicine, as well as Advanced Practice and Neuroscience Nurses.

Physicians will receive 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for the course, which is sponsored by the WSU School of Medicine Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery in collaboration with SJMO.

Registration fee is $50 per person and includes all course materials, processing of CME credits, continental breakfast, breaks and lunch.  Registration may be completed by fax, mail, online or by phone at 313-577-1180, Fax 313-577-7554.  To register online, visit

All registrations will be confirmed by email.  Cancellations made on or before Nov. 19 are subject to a $25 processing fee.  There will be no refunds for no-shows.

Hotel reservations are available at the Detroit Marriott Troy.  For reservations, call 248-680-9797 or 877-757-7131.

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