Laurel Cherian, MD, MS, Named Division Chief of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease

Division plays integral role in RUSH’s Neurology, Neurosurgery departments
Laurel Cherian

Laurel J. Cherian, MD, MS, an associate professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at RUSH University Medical Center, has been appointed division chief of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease at RUSH.

Cherian will oversee a division that plays an integral role in RUSH’s Neurology and Neurosurgery program, which is ranked No. 4 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. RUSH is nationally recognized for its delivery of timely, effective stroke care and expertise in treating some of the most complex stroke cases. Within the past year, three multidisciplinary subspecialty clinics, cardiac-stroke, neurosurgical-stroke and stroke prevention, were opened to provide an even greater level of specialty stroke care for patients.

RUSH is certified by the Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center, the most demanding stroke certification designating hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. In addition, RUSH received the American Heart Association’s Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Award, which recognizes how RUSH provides timely and effective stroke care that is among the best in the country.

Cherian also serves as assistant dean of advising for RUSH Medical College and is director of research for the Division of Cerebrovascular Diseases, director of the Transient Ischemic Attack Observation Unit and secretary/treasurer of the Illinois State Neurological Society. Her clinical interests include acute stroke interventions, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, lifestyle modification and post-stroke cognition. Her work has been published in a variety of scientific journals and featured in media outlets including NPR, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Good Morning America and The Atlantic.

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