About Us


The Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease at UTHealth was formed to sustain and grow research and training opportunities in stroke and cerebrovascular disease across the various schools at UTHealth. Stroke is a major global health problem and we are uniquely positioned at UTHealth to take advantage of the wonderful expertise at the McGovern Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and School of Biomedical Informatics to build upon our existing accomplishments and broaden our research footprint into such areas as stroke prevention, stroke recovery, population health, personalized medicine, biomarkers, and health services research.


The stroke program at UTHealth was started by James Grotta in 1979 and was supported by the cerebrovascular disease related research interests of the first two Department of Neurology Chairmen (Bill Fields–management of extracranial carotid disease and Frank Yatsu –stroke risk factors). The program was initially shaped by important collaborations with faculty in stroke epidemiology, clinical trial design, and basic science, and the Houston Emergency Medical Services (EMS). It was the first Stroke Center established in Houston at the Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center hospital and was one of the first established in the world.

Important milestones:

First Clinical Trials for Stroke Prevention

Publication of first clinical trials of Carotid Endarterectomy and of Aspirin for stroke prevention (Dr. Fields).


The stroke program was started by James Grotta upon his arrival in Houston.

Founding Details

Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program begins.

Fellowship Program Details

Clinical Stroke Trials

NIH and industry funded clinical stroke trials get under way.

Clinical Stroke Trials Details

Memorial Hermann Stroke Program

Formation of a separate in-patient clinical stroke service at Memorial Hermann Hospital

Stroke Program Details

Mobile Stroke Unit

Established the first Mobile Stroke Unit in the United States. MSU publication.

Integrated System of Comprehensive Stroke Centers

Implemented the First Joint Commission Certified Integrated System of Comprehensive Stroke Centers


At UTHealth, we have several international leaders in stroke and cerebrovascular disease.

James Grotta, MD
Founder, Stroke Program
Director, Mobile Stroke Consortium

Jaroslaw (Jarek) Aronowski, MD, PhD
Vice-Chair, Research Department of Neurology

Louise McCullough, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Neurology

Dong Kim, MD
Chair, Department of Neuosurgery

Arthur Day, MD
Vice-Chair, Department of Neurosurgery