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Albany Med’s expert stroke team is ready 24/7 to provide patients the most leading-edge treatments available in our region. The stroke team is led by physicians and nurses with specialized training in diagnosis and treatment of stroke. Our team includes:

Neurocritical Care and Stroke Neurologists

Gary L. Bernardini, MD, PhD
Director of Stroke and Neurocritical Care 

General neurology
Stroke and critical care

Colum Amory, MD, MPH

General neurology
Stroke and critical care
Transcranial dopplers
Thrombolysis for acute stroke

Kathleen Ward, DO

General neurology
Stroke and critical care

Neuro-endovascular Neurosurgeons

Alan Boulos, MD
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery

Acoustic neuromas
Arteriovenous malformations
Carotid disease
Cerebrovascular and endovascular surgery
Skull-based surgery

John C. Dalfino, MD

Carotid and intracranial vessel stenosis
Cerebral aneurysms
Cerebrovascular disorders
Complex spine cases
Endovascular surgery
Functional neurosurgery

Junichi Yamamoto, MD, PhD

Arteriovenous malformations
Benign skull-base tumor
Carotid/vertebral artery disease
Cerebral aneurysms
Endovascular and surgical treatments

 Other critical members of the team include:

  • Neuro-endovascular and neurosurgery fellows
  • Neuroscience nurse practitioners and nurses
  • Neuroscience intensive care unit staff
  • Neuroscience progressive care unit staff