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Alison Baird, MD, PhD, FRACP

Professor of Neurology and Vice-Chair for Mentoring, Professor of Physiology/Pharmacology
Medical Director, SUNY Downstate Stroke Center
Director, Division of Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke

Dr. Baird is Professor of Neurology and Physiology/Pharmacology and Vice-Chair for Mentoring in the Department of Neurology. Throughout her career, Dr. Baird has combined clinical and translational stroke research with clinical practice. Her research has focused on advanced neuroimaging techniques to study the mechanisms and predictors of tissue and clinical recovery after stroke. She has since expanded her studies of neuroimaging markers to blood-based biomarkers, using cellular and molecular profiling of the peripheral blood, to develop clinical and genomic markers for early stroke detection.

Dr. Baird joined Downstate in 2007 as the Director of the Stroke Program and Professor of Neurology and Physiology/Pharmacology. She came from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD where she was chief of the Stroke Neuroscience Unit and Principal Investigator at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

A Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Dr. Baird received her medical degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Master of Public Health from Harvard. After completing a Clinical Stroke Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard University in Boston, she joined the Neurology faculty at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Baird lectures worldwide and has published over 110 peer-reviewed original journal articles, editorials, review articles and book chapters. She has performed extensive clinical and translational research and holds a number of patent applications. She serves on the editorial boards of a number of medical journals.

Dr. Baird is recognized as one of America's Best Doctors®. Dr. Baird is a Fellow of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the European Stroke Council and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, the New York State Neurological Society, the Society for Neuroscience, the Australian Association of Neurologists and the Stroke Society of Australasia.

Academic Qualifications:

  • MB, BS: University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Fellowship: Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (completion of post-graduate specialist training in neurology and internal medicine)
  • Clinical Fellowship: Cerebrovascular Diseases, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • PhD: University of Melbourne
  • MPH: Harvard School of Public Health

Clinical Subspecialty:

  • Stroke
  • Cerebrovascular Disease

Research interests:

  • Neuroimaging of Stroke
  • Clinical Trials
  • Gene Expression Profiling

Patient Appointments:

Thursday afternoons.

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Stroke Center