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Rush TeleStroke Network Team

James J. Conners, MD, MS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. He is head of the section of cerebrovascular diseases and medical director for the Rush TeleStroke Network. He received his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a Master of Science degree in neuroscience from Loyola University, where his research focused on neuronal regeneration.

He then completed a medical internship, neurology residency and vascular neurology fellowship at Northwestern University. His interests include the acute treatment of stroke, cryptogenic strokes and stroke prevention.

Shawna M. Cutting, MD, is an instructor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn.

Her training consists of an internship in medicine, a residency in neurology and a fellowship in vascular neurology at Rush University Medical Center. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Heart Association, and is board-certified in neurology. Her clinical and research interests include acute stroke evaluation and management, motor recovery after stroke, and stroke in the young.

Vivien Lee, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. She received her medical degree at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

Her training consists of a medicine internship and neurology residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She completed a stroke fellowship and neurocritical care fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. See a list of her publications.

 

Sarah Song, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor and vascular neurology fellowship director in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. She received her medical degree and master of public health degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Song is board-certified in neurology and vascular neurology. 

Song is the recipient of a prestigious UCLA Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research pilot project grant through NIH/NIA, a UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institution Catalyst Award, and the American Neurological Association Junior Academic Neurologist Scholarship. Her work has been published in Neurology and Stroke. Song’s academic research interests include race and stroke outcomes, emergency medical services and acute stroke, and stroke prevention interventions for minority communities.

Elida Bader, RN, is the neuro transfer coordinator and is responsible for case management for all patients that are transferred to Rush through the 2-Brain Rapid Neuro Transfer Program and the Rush TeleStroke Network.

Joshua Bock is director of the Neuro Emergency Response Programs, which includes the 2-Brain Rapid Neuro Transfer Program and Rush TeleStroke Network.