Stroke is among the leading causes of death in the United States. However, when symptoms are recognized and treated quickly by an experienced team of medical professionals, lives are saved. NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn has built one of the most comprehensive stroke care programs in the region—and Shadi Yaghi, MD, will further enhance that care as the new director of vascular neurology.
Board certified in neurology and vascular neurology, Dr. Yaghi will oversee the Joint Commission–accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. He brings more than a decade of experience in advanced neurology and internal medicine practice. In addition to being a skilled practitioner, Dr. Yaghi is a prolific researcher.
“The brain is a fascinating organ,” says Dr. Yaghi, who will also direct clinical vascular neurology research for NYU Langone Health. “There are still so many things we do not yet know about the brain. Nevertheless, it is an exciting area to study, particularly in understanding the causes of stroke and how best to treat and prevent the disease.”
Dr. Yaghi, a fellow of the American Heart Association, has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in neurology journals, including the Journal of American Medical Association Neurology, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Stroke. His studies investigate cardiac abnormalities that act as indicators of stroke risk and treatments to reduce plaque buildup in brain arteries.
“Dr. Yaghi brings a passion for discovery and innovating new methods for delivering life-saving stroke care,” says Aaron S. Lord, MD, chief of neurology at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. “His clinical expertise will add tremendous value to our Comprehensive Stroke Center.”
Previously, Dr. Yaghi was an attending vascular neurologist in the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and held a stroke faculty appointment in the Department of Neurology at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He completed advanced vascular neurology and vascular neurology fellowships at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and was elected chief neurology resident during his training at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Yaghi received his medical degree from American University in Beirut, Lebanon.