Stroke Center

Care You Can Count On

Providing a Continuum of Care, From Prevention and Diagnosis to Intervention and Recovery.

The Division of Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke provides comprehensive and state-of-the-art stroke care and advanced teaching and research in all aspects of cerebrovascular disease. SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is a New York State Department of Health Designated Stroke Center with awards for excellence in stroke care.


Listed below are some of the many features of our division.

Our Stroke Center

Stroke Surgical Treatment
Stroke Prevention


The center was established in July 2002 as part of the Stroke Center Pilot Demonstration Project for NYS and was officially approved as a Pilot Stroke Center site in 2003.  


SUNY Downstate Stroke Center is at the forefront of diagnosis, management, prevention and research of cerebrovascular disorders. SUNY Downstate is a Primary Stroke Center designated by the New York State Department of Health.  The tight collaboration with Kings County Hospital Center and Maimonides Medical Center enhances our patients' access to endovascular procedures, neurosurgical intervention, neurological critical care, stroke patients' education, cerebrovascular followship training, and clinical research are important components of our program.

Rapid Treatment:

The stroke team is ready to evaluate and treat patients within minutes of arrival.


We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Stroke Numbers, Statistics, and Basics

More than 795,000 people experience a stroke each year.
Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States and one of the leading causes of adult disability.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). Without the oxygen carried by the blood, brain cells begin to die immediately.

Prior to a major stroke, people sometimes experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) in which a clot obstructs an artery for a short time and creates stroke-like symptoms. Since these "temporary" or "mini-strokes' last only minutes or hours, people often ignore them. Do not dismiss such an episode! Prompt medical treatment after a TIA can often prevent a fatal or disabling stroke.

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Act Fast!

Prompt treatment at a Primary Stroke Center offers your best chance for preventing death and recovering from a stroke. In addition to standard tPA therapy, we use new catheter-based techniques to directly break up and dissolve clots within the brain as long as eight hours after a stroke starts.


Quick Links

5 Signs of Stroke (PDF) Neurovascular Study / Referral Form (PDF)