Neurovascular Disease and Stroke Center

The UCSF Neurovascular Disease and Stroke Center provides comprehensive care for stroke and other complex disorders affecting blood supply to the brain and spinal cord, including brain aneurysms, carotid artery disease, cervical artery dissection and vascular malformations. Our team also specializes in preventive care and screening for patients at high risk for these conditions.

We offer the full range of treatments, from medications to surgery and rehabilitation, and our patients may benefit from new therapies under evaluation in clinical trials. Patients who have had strokes, for example, may be eligible to join the UCSF Stroke Recovery Initiative, a research program focused on designing and evaluating new approaches to healing after stroke.

Our team is proud of the recognition we've received for providing exceptional patient care. Our center is a designated comprehensive stroke center, certified by the Joint Commission, an independent national accreditation organization for health care institutions. We are the only center in San Francisco with this designation. In addition, two patient and research advocacy organizations, the Angioma Alliance and Cure HTT, have named UCSF a center of excellence for treating patients with vascular abnormalities.

Our quality outcomes

We are dedicated to continually raising the bar on what exceptional neurovascular care means for our patients, and we work to ensure that outcomes for our patients reflect that. For example, in our effort to deliver care with better outcomes, we lowered the complication rate after a diagnostic angiogram from 0.6 percent in 2017 to 0.0 percent in 2018.

Complications or In-Hospital Mortality after Diagnostic Angiogram 2017 2018
Complications 0.6% 0%
In-hospital mortality 0.2% 0%

In-Hospital Mortality after Elective Cerebral Aneurysm Clipping and Coiling 2017 2018
Clipping 0% 0%
Coiling 0%


Stroke or Death within 30 Days after Carotid Revascularization Procedure 
2017 2018
Asymptomatic carotid disease 0% 2.3%
Symptomatic carotid disease 5%  0%

Our center is part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

Our locations

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    Decorative Caduceus

    Sleep for Stroke Management and Recovery Trial

    The primary outcome is a time-to-event outcome defined as a participant having at least one of the following events within 6-months from randomization: new ischemic stroke, acute coronary syndrome or all-cause mortality


    Decorative Caduceus

    Stroke Recovery Initiative - Registry for Stroke Research Studies

    Total Number of Participants in the Registry


    Decorative Caduceus

    AtRial Cardiopathy and Antithrombotic Drugs In Prevention After Cryptogenic Stroke

    Recurrent stroke of any type (ischemic, hemorrhagic, or of unclear type)


    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • usnews-neurology

      Best in the West in neurology & neurosurgery

    • Certified comprehensive stroke center

    • Recognized for quality achievement in patient care

    Support services

    Patient Resource

    Case Management and Social Work

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    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.

    Support Group

    Neurology Support Groups

    The UCSF Aneurysm and Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Support Group encourages all patients with these blood vessel disorders to join. Find more info here.

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    Patient Relations

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    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Department of Neurology Research

      The UCSF Department of Neurology conducts research to improve understanding of neurological disorders, with the goals of finding better treatments and methods of prevention.

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