The UAMS Stroke service was the first in the state to be certified by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC). It is the only CSC in central Arkansas and remains one of only two in the state. The UAMS CSC provides dedicated neurocritical care beds staffed by the states only neurointensivist physicians. The center treats adult patients of all ages, with all types of strokes, including those caused by both ischemia (blood clots) and intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding). The Joint Commission defines a CSC designation as the most demanding stroke certification and is designed for those hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.

UAMS has full time Neuroradiology interventional services available to provide acute intravascular procedures including direct clot removal.  As a certified Level 1 Trauma Center, we have advanced imaging services, a dedicated Neurological ICU service, a vascular neurosurgeon, and a dedicated trauma neurosurgeon. We provide training in stroke and critical care neurology to both neurology and neurosurgery residents who rotate through the Neuro ICU and Stroke services.  We admit around 500 patients with ischemic strokes each year and 200 plus with intracerebral hemorrhage. We also admit 50-70 patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhages annually.

The Stroke Service of the Department of Neurology at UAMS interacts extensively with physicians and other healthcare professionals in the departments of Vascular Surgery, Neurosurgery, Cardiology, Neuroradiology, Rehabilitation, and Speech/Swallowing Disorders — all of whom make important contributions to the care of the patient with threatened or established stroke.

Neurology Stroke Faculty

Sanjeeva Reddy Onteddu, M.D., Medical Director of Stroke Program and Director of AR Saves Program
Krishna Nalleballe, M.D.
Kelly-Ann Patrice, M.D.
Deonna Wissler, APRN
Marzella Backus M.N.Sc., RN CEN, Stroke Program Director

Neurocritical Care Faculty

Vishank Shah, M.D.

Muhammad E. Zaghlouleh, M.D.

UAMS Institute for Digital Health and Innovation Telestroke Program

One of the unique features of our program is the collaboration with the very well developed telestroke service called The UAMS IDHI Stroke Program. The UAMS IDHI Stroke Program connects 56 spoke hospitals throughout the state, making this the largest telestroke (and telemedicine) network in the United States. Referring doctors from these sites across the state can contact a stroke specialist 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and receive immediate consultation regarding acute stroke care, particularly regarding use of tPA and recommendation for endovascular rescue therapy.

Stroke Research

The Stroke Program was accepted into Stroke Net in 2019 and is currently enrolled in three separate Stroke Net Studies; ASPIRE: Anticoagulation for Stroke Prevention & Recovery after ICH, ARCADIA: AtRial Cardiopathy & Antithrombotic Drugs in prevention A cryptogenic stroke and SATUN: StATns Use in intRacerebral hemorrhage patieNts. Another exciting research project is ERNICH: Early Minimally-invasive Removal of Intra-Cerebral Hemorrhage (ICH) (ENRICH).

Additional research efforts in the department include multiple studies, abstract submissions, peer reviewed publications and current clinical trial participation and development.

The UAMS IDHI Stroke Program network also has a prospectively collected database which is being used for epidemiological studies and other research projects. The stroke program participates in the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines program collecting a vast amount of data that is used to evaluate and guide care throughout the state.