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 ensure that outcomes for our patients reflect that. For example, we've maintained a stroke or mortality complication rate after an elective diagnostic angiogram of 0 percent in 2018 and 2019, our overall rate of elective aneurysm clipping and coiling complications remained 2 percent or lower, and we reported a complication rate for carotid revascularization procedures of 0 percent for both asymptomatic and symptomatic carotid stenosis in 2019.
|Complications or In-Hospital Mortality After Diagnostic Angiogram||2018||2019|
|24-hour stroke rate||0%||0%|
|24-hour mortality rate||0%||0%|
|In-Hospital Mortality After Elective Cerebral Aneurysm Clipping and Coiling||2018||2019
|Stroke or Death Within 30 Days After Carotid Revascularization Procedure
|Asymptomatic carotid disease||2.30%||0%|
|Symptomatic carotid disease||0%||0%|
Our center is part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.
S. Andrew Josephson
MD, MSVascular neurologist
Stroke Recovery Initiative - Registry for Stroke Research Studies
Total Number of Participants in the Registry
Awards & recognition
Best hospital in Northern California
Best in the West in neurology & neurosurgery
Certified comprehensive stroke center
Recognized for quality achievement in patient care
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.
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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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.
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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
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.