A national leader in stroke care and research, and a hub for expert emergency cerebrovascular care at hospitals throughout Ohio
Ohio State’s Comprehensive Stroke Center treats the most complex strokes and cerebrovascular diseases, with physicians, scientists, nurses and therapists from across Ohio State’s Neurological Institute collaborating to advance the science and success of stroke treatments, both at Ohio State and at our partner hospitals across Ohio.
Ohio State was one of the first hospitals in the country and one of only five Ohio hospitals to be designated a comprehensive stroke center by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This means Ohio State can deliver emergent surgical and endovascular treatment for ischemic (clot) and hemorrhagic (rupture) strokes any hour of the day, any day of the year.
Until recently, clot-dissolving drugs were the only treatment for ischemic stroke. Our endovascular neurosurgeons can remove clots with a stent retriever in a procedure called a thrombectomy that leads to better patient outcomes. Our surgeons are also trained in a specialized procedure to ensure that hemorrhagic strokes caused by ruptured brain aneurysms do not re-rupture and cause further damage.
This advanced approach to stroke treatment carries over to our facilities. We have a hybrid operating room outfitted with an interventional radiology suite and an operating table that is transparent to X-rays. This unique setup allows us to provide all emergency stroke care, both surgical and endovascular procedures, in the same room. Our “one patient, one physician, one room” model accelerates treatment and limits patient exposure to a single round of anesthesia.
At the Comprehensive Stroke Center, our multidisciplinary team collaborates to provide cutting-edge patient care while researching the latest treatments and discoveries.
Braving the recovery rapids
Dr. Gauthier helps neuro patients regain arm function through computer-based gaming
Turning off anticoagulants
Dr. Nimjee is developing a drug-antidote pair that shows promise in preventing thrombosis
Stroke reveals aneurysm lying in wait
As Dr. Powers was retrieving Stephanie's clot, he discovered another major medical concern