The UCSF Stroke Clinic provides expert consultations and outpatient care to patients who are at risk of a stroke or have had a stroke due to conditions involving the vessels that supply blood to the brain. These conditions include carotid artery disease, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and other abnormalities of the brain's blood vessels.
Using advanced imaging technologies and drawing on the expertise of doctors from multiple specialties, our clinic provides evaluations, diagnoses, second opinions, hospitalization follow-up care, and treatment recommendations, which can range from lifestyle changes to endovascular procedures for unblocking arteries and repairing aneurysms. Our experience with a range of therapies – including traditional surgery, minimally invasive procedures, radiotherapy and medications – allows us to effectively manage even the most complex cases. We work closely with vascular surgeons, neurointerventional radiologists and other specialists to tailor treatment plans to each patient's condition.
UCSF is renowned for providing outstanding care for neurovascular disease (conditions in which a blood vessel problem affects the brain). We are part of the Comprehensive Stroke Center, which has been named a center of excellence by two organizations that advocate for patients with these disorders, the Angioma Alliance and Cure HHT. We are also part of NIH StrokeNet, the National Institutes of Health's network of 25 regional centers recognized as leaders in comprehensive care and research on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery.
Our commitment to research means our patients may have access to experimental therapies by joining a clinical trial. Patients who have had strokes, for example, may be eligible to join the UCSF Stroke Recovery Initiative, a research program focused on improving the healing process.
Learn more about clinical trials and how they work.
Awards & recognition
Among the top hospitals in the nation
Best in California and No. 2 in the nation for neurology & neurosurgery
Rated high-performing hospital for stroke
Certified comprehensive stroke center
Recognized for quality achievement in patient care
S. Andrew Josephson
MD, MSVascular neurologist
Nerissa U. Ko
Wade S. Smith
MD, PhDNeurologist and critical care specialist
Validation of Early Prognostic Data for Recovery Outcome After Stroke for Future, Higher Yield ...
UE-FM score, as a continuous scale, adjusted for baseline score in analysis
Stroke Recovery Initiative - Registry for Stroke Research Studies
Total Number of Participants in the Registry
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
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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
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.