Neurovascular Disease and Comprehensive Stroke Center

The UCSF Neurovascular Disease and Comprehensive Stroke Center provides expert care to patients with cerebrovascular disease, or conditions involving the brain and its blood vessels. We treat patients both in the hospital and in our outpatient clinic.

Our inpatient service delivers emergency care to hospitalized patients with acute ischemic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage and intracerebral hemorrhage of any cause, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients may be transferred from other hospitals or admitted through the UCSF Emergency Department. After discharge, patients receive follow-up care in our outpatient stroke clinic or the Neurorecovery Clinic, or both.

Our outpatient clinic offers consultations for patients with an established or suspected cerebrovascular condition, such as ischemic stroke, brain aneurysm, intracerebral hemorrhage and vascular malformation. Patients receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations to prevent future strokes. Recommendations may include surgical procedures, medications and lifestyle changes. We also provide specialized care for pulsatile tinnitus from an expert team of specialists from relevant disciplines.

Interested patients may have access to experimental therapies by joining a clinical trial. Patients who've had strokes, for example, may be eligible to join the UCSF Stroke Recovery Initiative, a research program focused on improving the healing process after stroke.

Our team is proud of the recognition we've received for providing exceptional care. We're the first center in San Francisco to be designated a comprehensive stroke center by the Joint Commission, an independent national accreditation organization for health care institutions. In addition, two advocacy organizations, the Angioma Alliance and Cure HTT, have named UCSF a center of excellence for treating 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 make sure the outcomes for our patients reflect that. For example, for the two-year period between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020, we have maintained a stroke or mortality complication rate after an elective diagnostic angiogram of 0 percent, our overall rate of elective aneurysm clipping mortality rate was 0 percent, our elective aneurysm coiling mortality rate was 0.9 percent, and we reported a complication rate for carotid revascularization procedures of 0 percent for asymptomatic carotid stenosis and 1.8 percent for symptomatic carotid stenosis.

Complications or In-Hospital Mortality After Diagnostic Angiogram 1/2019 - 12/2020
24-hour stroke complication rate 0.0%
24-hour mortality complication rate 0.0%

In-Hospital Mortality After Elective Cerebral Aneurysm Clipping and Coiling 1/2019 - 12/2020
Aneurysm clipping 0.0%
Aneurysm coiling 0.9%

Stroke or Death Within 30 Days After Carotid Revascularization Procedure 
1/2019 - 12/2020
Asymptomatic carotid stenosis 0.0%
Symptomatic carotid stenosis 1.8%

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

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    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

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    Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building

    1651 Fourth St., Suite 232
    San Francisco, CA 94158

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