Meet the Stroke Team
David M. Brown, M.D.
Program Director, Hoag Stroke Program
As medical director of Hoag’s Stroke Program, Dr. Brown has developed
a dedicated, multidisciplinary acute stroke response team that provides
immediate care to stroke victims throughout the hospital. In addition,
the stroke program offers support groups and community outreach to educate
potential stroke patients about the warning signs of stroke.
Hoag is an official Get With The Guidelines Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) participant
of the American Stroke Association, and as the program requires that hospitals
meet a five-step standard including identification of a champion to develop,
direct and mobilize teams that will implement patient treatment and discharge
guidelines, Dr. Brown leads this entity.
Dr. Brown is a neurohospitalist, a neurologist who specializes in the
acute care of hospitalized patients, and focuses on providing continuous
quality improvement of acute stroke treatment and ischemic stroke prevention.
And as an active researcher in neurology, Dr. Brown has authored several
articles, abstracts and studies. He frequently lectures at many professional
Deborah Mastrolia, RN, CCRN
Nurse Navigator, Hoag Stroke Program
With the mission of delivering the best health care to our community, Hoag
established one of the first neurohospitalist (hospital-based neurologists)
programs in the nation. With the number of stroke patients reported each
year, it’s critical to aggressively and expediently treat neurologic
illness with an in-hospital team. When experiencing a stroke or other
neurological emergency, you will most likely be transported to the closest
hospital, not to the nearest neurologist office. So why not house these
experts right at the hospital?
Hoag believes it’s essential to have neurologists available at the
hospital, especially during emergencies such as stroke. Our commitment
is not only to pioneer this progressive concept, but also to continually
expand our vision and work toward delivering the finest neurological care
to the patients we serve.
Our team of Neurohospitalists