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                                                           CHAIR-ELECT NOMINEES

                        Antonio Culebras, MD, FAAN

                        Professor of Neurology, Upstate Medical University, State University of New York at Syracuse.
                        Born in Madrid, Spain. Graduated in Medicine at the University of Madrid in 1963. Certified by
                        the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1975. Received the doctorate of Medicine
                        (PhD equivalent) from the University of Alicante, Spain, in 1990. Certified by the American
                        Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Sleep Medicine, in 2008.

                      Dr. Culebras has participated as local principal investigator in many national and international
clinical research trials in stroke that have brought advances such as carotid endarterectomy for the prevention of
stroke (NASCET), the introduction of clopidogrel in clinical practice (CAPRIE), and the investigation of triflusal for
the secondary prevention of stroke (TAPIRSS).

Dr. Culebras has lectured in English and Spanish in over 35 countries around the world. He has co-edited 2 books on
cerebrovascular disease, has published over 200 articles in professional journals, and has served or serves in the
editorial board of 15 national and international neurological publications.

Dr. Culebras has held or holds leadership positions in national and international professional organizations. He has
served as secretary of the American Academy of Neurology. Also served in the International Committee of the
American Heart Association that formulates international policy for the American Heart Association. He is past-chair
of the Sleep Section of the American Academy of Neurology, past-president of the World Neurology Foundation,
former director of the International Stroke Society, and founding president of the World Stroke Federation. As
founding president of the World Stroke Federation (WSF) and as principal architect of the bylaws adopted by the
International Stroke Society (ISS) in 2001, Dr. Culebras has been in center stage of all the steps leading to the
formation of the World Stroke Organization, where he currently serves in the board of directors.

As chair-elect and then chair of the AAN Stroke and Vascular Neurology Section, Dr. Culebras would be able to lead
the Section with special sensitivity for the international sector and with intimate knowledge of pathways to work
jointly with AHA/ASA program leaders.

                        Adnan Qureshi, MD, FAAN

                      Dr. Qureshi is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Radiology and Executive Director of
                      the Stroke Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Qureshi is
                      recognized as an international leader in stroke research and acute stroke management by
                      physicians from multiple disciplines. He has written over 250 scientific publications in
                      prestigious journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Archives of
                      Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Neurology, Stroke, and Circulation. In addition, he
                   has made over 500 presentations in various national and international meetings. He has served as
                      an invited speaker at numerous national and international forums. He has also been invited as
visiting professor to universities in the United States and abroad. He serves on editorial boards for several peer-
review journals and guideline committees for American Heart Association and American Society of Neuroimaging.
He is the past chair of the interventional section of the American Academy of Neurology. He is also the chair of the
research committee of the American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology.

Dr. Qureshi’s work has led to the development of new concepts for therapies and research pertaining to prevention of
stroke. The work has importance for the general population and has appeared in numerous public information sources
such as ABC, NBC, American Heart Association News, American Medical Association News, Web MD, Men’s
Health and USA Today. His work has impacted upon the management of stroke by other physicians and

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incorporation into practice guidelines. Dr. Qureshi has received several prestigious awards at the national level
including the AMA Foundation Leadership award, the AAN-AB Baker Teacher Recognition award, NAPH Safety
Net Community and Patient Service Award, Excellence in Care Award, the AHA/NCQA Achievement of
Recognition for Delivery of Quality Stroke Care, and AMA Community Service award. He has been selected by his
peers as one of The Best Doctors in America and was selected by the Consumer Research Council of America as one
of America’s Top Physicians.

Dr. Qureshi has mentored several fellows and medical students. He has trained several clinical fellows in
cerebrovascular diseases and endovascular procedures and is presently the program director for endovascular surgical
neuroradiology program at University of Minnesota. Several of his students and fellows have won national awards
for research performed under his direct supervision. He continues to serve as course director for various educational
seminars at a regional and national level.

                        Michael J. Schneck, MD, FAAN*

                     I am currently Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Loyola University
                     Chicago, with a conjoint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery. At Loyola, I am the
                     Director of the Neurosciences ICU and Associate Director of the Stroke Unit. I completed my
                     residency in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and a Vascular Neurology Fellowship
                     under Dr. Lawrence Brass and Dr. Pierre Fayad. My clinical and clinical research activities
                     focus on clinical trials and utilization of technologies and I have been actively involved in
                    programs here at Loyola focused on hemorrhagic stroke, carotid and intracranial interventions,
                     the interface between cardiology and neurology, and secondary stroke prevention. I have
participated in multiple facets of stroke care at multiple levels locally and nationally. I have been involved in
residency and fellowship training (and have been a stroke fellowship director) in clinical trials (as investigators, study
DSMBs, other study committees) as a member of advisory boards, and quality improvement committees.

I have been an active participant in AAN activities for several years including activities such as the stroke module of
the Quintessentials Program and participation on the Member Demographics and Surveys Subcommittee.
Additionally, I was a member of the executive committee of the interventional section in its formative years and also
participate in the critical care section. I have also been involved in the American Heart Association and recently
completed a term of service on the Chicago Metropolitan Board. Of particular note, I am currently a member of the
Stroke Section executive committee serving as the communications workgroup leader for the Stroke Section. As
communications workgroup leader I have tried to improve awareness of the section activities by assisting in the
revamping of the Stroke Section Newsletter to keep members more informed about ongoing stroke issues and future
directions. My involvement as a member of the AAN Stroke Section has been one of my most professionally
gratifying experiences. It has been a privilege to participate in the section during a time of rapid transition in the
practice of cerebrovascular disease.

Stroke Neurology is evolving to encompass participation by other neurologic sub-specialists including neuro-
hospitalists, critical care neurologists and endovascular neurologists. Furthermore, there is renewed interest in stroke
by other specialties (i.e. neurosurgery, cardiology, rehabilitation, radiology and general hospitalists). Thus, the
leadership of the stroke section will need to focus on collaborative integration with other AAN committees to
promote the ongoing importance of stroke neurologists with the AAN and with other organizations. This is an
important time for stroke specialists given the complexities the evolving systems of stroke care with an ongoing
shortage of personnel, new educational needs and training requirements, economic issues related to cerebrovascular
disease, rapid developments in new treatment paradigms. I believe that my multidisciplinary experiences and
contacts, as well as my perspective as a workgroup leader in the importance of involving more of the section
membership, will serve the Stroke Section well in this important time. I have been privileged to work with many of
you in section activities and I appreciate your consideration of my candidacy.

* Candidate endorsed by the Stroke Section’s Executive Committee for his work as Communications Work Group Leader 
    on the Section’s Executive Committee
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                                                 COUNCILOR NOMINEES

                        Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD, FAAN

                        Dr. Cruz is Professor in the Department of Neurology & Psychiatry at Saint Louis University.
                        He is director of the stroke section Souers Stroke Institute and the Mid America Stroke Network
                        which currently has 25 hospital members in the Missouri and Illinois bistate region. The network
                        helps provide access to stroke care and education. He has published a spate of manuscripts in
                        topics of stroke and critical care.

                     Dr. Cruz has been a member of the AAN since 1993 and recently became a fellow. He
                     participated in the AAN 2009 class of the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum. He is a
member of the AHA being a fellow for several years now. He chairs the writing group on “Racial disparities in stroke
care” and is also member of the minority committee for the AHA. In addition, Dr. Cruz is a fellow of the American
College of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Cruz has been a principal site investigator for many clinical trials involving
acute stroke treatment and prevention.

If accepted to serve as councilor I would be interested in helping with the Education or Practice groups. I think we
need to work to further the role of telemedicine in stroke care.

                       David S. Liebeskind, MD**

                       David S Liebeskind, MD, FAHA, is Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of
                       California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he serves as the Associate Neurology Director of the
                       UCLA Stroke Center and the Neurology Director of the Stroke Imaging Program. He is Co-
                       Director of the UCLA Cerebral Blood Flow Laboratory and Director of the UCLA Vascular
                       Neurology Residency Program.
                  He trained in chemical engineering at Columbia University and completed his MD at New York
University School of Medicine. Postgraduate medical training included internship at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston and
neurology residency at UCLA. After residency, he completed a fellowship in stroke and cerebrovascular disease at
UCLA and subsequently joined the faculty in the Departments of Neurology and Radiology at the University of

He has maintained extensive clinical activity across a broad range of cerebrovascular disorders ranging from carotid
disease to unusual causes of stroke. Clinical expertise includes cerebral venous thrombosis, arterial dissection,
moyamoya syndrome and other causes of stroke in the young. His principal research interests include novel
neuroimaging approaches to elucidate fundamental pathophysiologic correlates of cerebrovascular disease in humans
with a particular focus on collateral circulation. His work on collateral perfusion in acute ischemic stroke draws on
advances in noninvasive, multimodal CT and MRI and detailed analyses of digital subtraction angiography. He
directs an angiography core laboratory that has participated in central readings of MERCI, Multi MERCI, IMS-III,
and the International Merci Registry.

Based on his experience as a clinician, researcher, and educator he is well-poised to serve as AAN Stroke Section
Councilor. He wishes to further his commitment to the AAN Stroke Section, championing Practice issues. He intends
to utilize his deep involvement as an active committee member in several societies including the ASN, ASNR, ASA,
and ISCBFM to help advance common needs between Stroke and Neuroimaging.

**Candidate endorsed by the Stroke Section’s Executive Committee for his contribution on the Strategic Plan Work Group

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                          James Meschia, MD, FAAN

                       Graduating from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1992, Dr. Meschia went on
                       to complete an Internal Medicine year in his home state at the University of Colorado. He
                       completed Neurology Residency at Washington University in St. Louis in 1996. Under the
                       mentorship of Dr. Biller and colleagues, he completed a Vascular Neurology fellowship at
                       Indiana University in 1997. From there he joined the staff at Mayo Clinic Florida. Under his
                       leadership, Mayo Clinic Florida became the first site in the Mayo Foundation to receive
                       disease-specific certification for stroke by the Joint Commission, and the Florida State Agency
                       for Health Care Administration recognized Mayo Clinic Florida for the first time in its history
as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Rising through the ranks, Meschia now directs the Cerebrovascular Division
across the Mayo Clinic Foundation. His research has focused on genetic risk factors for ischemic stroke. He was
Principal Investigator of the first multicenter genome-wide association study of ischemic stroke and is Principal
Investigator of the NINDS-supported 54-center affected sibling pair study known as SWISS. Working closely with
his colleague, Dr. Tom Brott, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Carotid Endarterectomy versus Stenting
Trial (CREST). He is author of greater than 80 peer-reviewed publications and on the Editorial Boards of Stroke, the
Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases and Mayo Clinic Proceedings. He has served on Scientific Review
Groups for NINDS and the American Heart Association. He is Fellow of the AAN and AHA. He has served the
AAN in numerous capacities as presenter, abstract grader, and co-chair of sessions at scientific programs at annual
meetings; as course faculty member at educational programs at annual meeting; as member of the Writing Group for
the Joint AAN/AHA Guideline on antithrombotic treatments for acute ischemic stroke; and as reviewer for

                         Paola Pergami, MD, PhD

                     Dr. Pergami is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of
                     Child Neurology at West Virginia University. After obtaining her MD in 1989 from the
                     University of Pavia in Italy, where she also completed her residency in Neurology, she obtained
                     her PhD in Neurotoxicology through work completed at NIH. Dr. Pergami also worked at the
                     World Health Organization where she developed an international project to train reference
                   centers in multiple countries in the diagnosis and identification of prion diseases and to inform
                     and educate the public in regard to mad cow disease. After moving to the US, she completed her
                     residency in adult neurology at WVU and her fellowship in Child Neurology at Children’s
Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC.

Her research and clinical interests include stroke and spasticity and methods to improve recovery after lesions to the
brain. Dr. Pergami is currently working to establish a Pediatric Stoke Center at WVU, the only one in the state and
one of the few in the country. She is a member of the International Pediatric Stroke Study Group (IPSS) and she is
working to raise awareness and understanding among Neurologist and Child Neurologists as well as the general
public about pediatric stroke. Her current research focus is on using transcranial magnetic stimulation and fMRI to
study the mechanisms of brain plasticity in children with stroke.

It would be an honor to serve as a councilor in the executive committee of the AAN Stroke and Vascular Neurology
Section. If I am selected for this position I would like to focus on an education campaign to raise awareness of
pediatric stroke in local communities, and enhance research collaboration amongst Neurologists and Child
Neurologists. Additionally, I would like to support the development of telemedicine and use of community resources
for identification and treatment of children with stroke.

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                            Meenakshi Sundaram Ramachandran, MBBS

                        I am a physician in training at a multi specialty teaching hospital in USA. I am a gold
                        medalist in Internal Medicine and in March 2007, I have graduated with a doctoral degree
                        (MBBS – Equivalent to MD) from Madras Medical College, Chennai, India. After that, I
                        have worked as senior intern in Internal Medicine in Madras Medical College, Chennai,
                        India. During that period, I have worked as a clinician and cared about ward administrative
                        work. I have completed various research projects in various specialties of internal medicine
including stroke and vascular neurology, and presented in more than 15 international conference presentations, and
published more than 10 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

I am immersed in the clinical practice. I have completed a project “Stroke and Yawning”, a new evolutionary topic
for Neurologists. I am writing a chapter “Clinical Neurology and Yawning” which is going to be included in the book
to be published by Karger, in Switzerland as part of their series entitled "Frontiers of Neurology and Neurosciences”.
Also, I am a professional member of American Heart Association (AHA) and US Endocrine Society. I was actively
involved in various advocacy actions and council meetings of AHA and American Academy of Neurology. I have
been awarded by Endocrine Society for my academic performance. This year, I have been selected as an awardee for
“International Scholar Award” by AAN. I got “Professional Life Time Achievement Award in the field of Medicine
& Health Care” from American Biographical Institute for my clinical and academic performance towards health care.
Apart from my profession, I am a volunteer for UNICEF, USA. Last year, I have been awarded by US President for
my volunteering.

I am interested to participate in the Council of AAN Stroke & Vascular Neurology Section. It would be of great
honor in my career.

                         Brian Silver, MD

                         I am currently a senior staff neurologist at Henry Ford Hospital in the Division of
                         Cerebrovascular Diseases and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Wayne State University in
                         Detroit. My current responsibilities include Program Director of the Vascular Neurology
                         Fellowship (which was re-accredited this year by the ACGME for the maximum of 5 years),
                         Director of the Neurology Clerkship with oversight of over 200 medical students, and Director
                         of the Transcranial Doppler Laboratory. I have volunteered as a mentor for the AAN Stroke
                         and Vascular Neurology Resident and Fellows Mentorship Program and have received the AAN
                         AB Baker Teacher Recognition Award.

I have served as co-chair of the Michigan Stroke Initiative, as a spokesperson for the American Stroke Association,
as chair of the Young Physicians' Committee for the Wayne County Medical Society, and as a delegate to the
Michigan State Medical Society. I was recently awarded a travelling fellowship to the National Advocacy
Conference for the American Medical Association in Washington, DC and met with several state representatives to
discuss issues related to health care and medical education. I have drafted resolutions that will be introduced at the
next Michigan State Medical Society House of Delegates Meeting specifically addressing the gaps in healthcare and
medical education funding.

My research interests include neuroregenerative strategies after stroke, disparities in stroke care, and stroke
educational strategies for patients and physicians. I am currently working with several residents and medical students
on research projects with an aim to cultivate an interest in stroke care.

The efforts of the American Academy of Neurology to improve education, research, and advocacy for stroke have
been robust and effective. It would be a privilege to serve as a Councilor for the executive committee of the AAN
Stroke and Vascular Neurology section.

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