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University of Louisville Hospital


Kentucky’s First Joint Commission-Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center

In February 2013, University Hospital was named the first Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Kentucky and the 20th in the nation. This accreditation recognizes University Hospital’s ability to provide the most comprehensive stroke treatments available.

Led by Kerri Remmel, MD, PhD, Director of University Hospital’s Stroke Center, the Stroke Team is above the national average in the administration of IV tPA (intravenous tissue plasminogen activator) for acute ischemic stroke (stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain), the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of ischemic strokes. IV tPA is a drug that breaks up the clot causing the stroke, but it must be given within the first three hours of the first sign of the symptom and only after confirming the patient meets all of the necessary criteria.

Dr. Kerri Remmel

University Hospital’s Stroke Team treats 20 percent of stroke patients with IV tPA (national average is 3-5 percent). That number includes patients who had the drug administered at University Hospital, as well as patients that had it administered at an outlying hospital after talking with one of our stroke neurologists. Those patients are often then transferred to University Hospital for additional care.

Our Credentials as Stroke Leaders 

Community Education

While the University Hospital Stroke Team can provide the best stroke care, one of its core areas of focus is prevention. The Stroke Team is involved in many community events, business health fairs and other educational programs to educate the public about stroke and how it can be prevented. Eighty percent of all strokes are preventable if you:

  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Eat healthier
  • Exercise regularly
  • Don't smoke
  • Lower cholesterol

How likely are you to have a stroke? Find out by completing this stroke risk assessment.

Our Physician Team 

University Hospital’s Stroke Team is comprised of experts in the field of neurology and neurosurgery:

  • Kerri Remmel, MD, PhD, Director of University Hospital’s Stroke Center
  • Wei Liu, MD, Interventional Stroke Neurologist
  • Michael Wilder, MD, Interventional Stroke Neurologist
  • Jignesh Shah, MD, Stroke Neurologist
  • Robert James, MD, Endovascular Neurosurgeon



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