UC San Diego Stroke Center

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The UC San Diego Stroke Center, directed by Dr. Thomas Hemmen, is a worldwide leader in the development of novel therapeutics and diagnostics for stroke care.

UC San Diego was the first to use IV tPA for stroke, a treatment developed in the laboratory of  Dr. Justin Zivin at UCSD. 

Current research projects include novel endovascular therapies for ischemic stroke, neuroprotection through hypothermia, and exciting new cures of hemorrhagic stroke.

Residents and fellows learn state-of-the-art stroke care from leaders in the field and participate in the discovery and development of new cures for cerebrovascular disease.

The Stroke Program at the University of California San Diego is part of the Department of Neurosciences and was accredited by the ACGME in November 2006.

A maximum of four fellows are accepted each year. A clinical fellowship ordinarily can be completed in one or two years


Directly involved hospitals

  • UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest 
  • UC San Diego Thornton Hospital  / Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center 
  • San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Affiliated sites

  • Scripps Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • El Centro Regional Medical Center
  • Eisenhower Medical Center
  • Rancho Springs Medical Center
  • Inland Valley Medical Center 
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center, La Jolla 


For more information on stroke or stroke prevention, please visit the following links:


Contact Information

Please contact Jennifer Kruse for Stroke Center administrative inquiries:
Phone: (619) 543-7760
Fax: (619) 543-7771
Email: jkruse@ucsd.edu