Meet the Stroke Team

David M. Brown, M.D.

Program Director, Hoag Stroke Program

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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 medical conferences.

Victoria Tomczak, RN

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