Stroke & Neurology Clinic
The new Stroke & Neurology Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto aims to provide rapid and timely access to our patients needing stroke and neurological care in Toronto. This clinic aims to provide the highest level of cerebrovascular expertise available in Canada. With quick access to see a stroke neurologist, this clinic aims to build partnerships with family doctors and clinicians to ensure they have access to neurological and cerebrovascular expertise.
St. Michael’s Hospital’s comprehensive stroke and neurology clinic comprises of specialty-trained expert vascular neurologists, clinical stroke nurse specialists, and administrators dedicated to treating even the most complex of strokes and cerebrovascular diseases here in Canada. Our neurologists work very closely with interventional neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, hematologists, and cardiologists ensuring that you get world-class cerebrovascular and neurological expertise.
Dr. Atif Zafar, Medical Director of the Stroke Program, is dual board certified and a Diplomate of American Board of Neurology and Vascular Neurology. Having completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and his training at the Cleveland Clinic, he recently relocated from the United States to Canada to help expand the Stroke Program at St. Michael’s Hospital and Unity Health.
Dr. Meah Gao is a stroke neurologist trained in General Neurology and Vascular Neurology at the University of Toronto. She is a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital and a faculty member at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Jeff Wang is a stroke neurologist and a site director for Neurology trainees at St. Michael's Hospital. He is a graduate of McGill University and did his neurology training at the University of Toronto. Dr. Wang completed his fellowship in Vascular Neurology from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Dr. Gustavo Saposnik is a senior stroke research scientist and the Director of the Stroke Outcomes Research Centre at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. His main focus is in stroke outcomes and health services research. He has many years of experience in managing stroke patients, especially in stroke prevention clinic.
Mary Ann Willett is a Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Rita Tungcol is the Stroke Clinic Clerk & Scheduler.
Our clinic’s goal is to provide care for stroke survivors, improve quality of life, and together with patients and families create an action plan to help prevent future strokes. This includes determining the type and severity of your stroke, identifying the possible causes, strategizing optimal recovery solutions and management options with the goal of preventing future strokes and easing your discomfort. In addition, Dr. Atif Zafar brings in years of experience of managing patients with cerebrovascular malformations and other cerebrovascular anomalies. In collaboration with interventional neuroradiology, neurosurgery, cardiology, physiatry and rehabilitation, you will get exceptional high-value care for every cerebrovascular and neurological disease.
We offer comprehensive stroke & vascular neurology evaluations including:
- Physical exams
- Risk screening
- Stroke treatment and management
- Post-stroke clinic
- Stroke prevention
- Rapid Stroke Evaluation Clinic
- Neurological consultation
Our areas of expertise in cerebrovascular medical conditions include:
- Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
- Stroke prevention
- Carotid angioplasty and stenting consideration
- Carotid artery stenosis or occlusion (extracranial or intracranial)
- Small vessel white matter disease
- Dissection of carotid, vertebral or basilar artery
- Amyloid angiopathy of the brain and vascular cognitive impairment
- Antiphospholipid antibody syndromes with neurological symptoms
- Arteriovenous malformations and fistulas (brain or spinal cord)
- Arteritis (vasculitis) of brain or neck arteries
- Brain aneurysm (ruptured or unruptured)
- Carotid bruit
- Carotid endarterectomy consideration
- Cavernous malformation (brain or spinal cord)
- Primary angitis of the CNS
- Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarct and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL)
- Genetic disorders of stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases including MELAS
- Metabolic stroke syndromes including Fabry’s
- Cerebral microbleeds by MRI
- Cerebrovascular insufficiency syndromes
- Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis
- Moyamoya disease and moyamoya syndrome
- Ocular-neurovascular syndromes like
- Transient ischemic attack
- Vasculitis (including Giant Cell Arteritis, Takayasu arteritis) of central nervous system
- Vertebral or basilar artery stenosis or occlusion.