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2021 Stroke Conference and 16th Annual Neuroscience Nursing Symposium


Friday, October 29, 2021

Tri-C Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Road, Room 126
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

Or virtual conference via Zoom


The University Hospitals 2021 System Stroke Conference and 16th Annual Neuroscience Nursing Symposium is designed to present the current guidelines on the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with cerebrovascular disorders based on the latest advances in the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, neuro-interventional, neuro-critical care, and neuroscience nursing. This information is important to improving the quality of care for our
patients and supports our mission: To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.


At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize the expanding eligibility of stroke patients that may benefit from mechanical thrombectomy.
  • Describe cerebrovascular anatomy.
  • State imaging preferences for stroke diagnoses.
  • Discuss assessment and management of airway and respiratory failure in an acute stroke patient.
  • Verbalize weaning and monitoring protocols for ventilated stroke patients.
  • Summarize the diagnosis and management of a patient with an arteriovenous malformations (AVM).
  • Explain nursing implications for the AVM patient experiencing a sympathetic storm.
  • Identify pharmaceutical management for the AVM patient experiencing sympathetic storm.
  • Describe the assessment of a post ICU syndrome.
  • Define how implementing a mobility program can minimize Post-Intensive Care Syndrome.
  • Recognize COVID-19 neurological syndromes.
  • Describe post COVID-19 neurological complications and the benefits of a supportive clinic.
  • Review the assessment and management of a patient with a spinal cord infarct.
  • Explain the therapy interventions for a spinal cord infarct patient.
  • State the benefits for patients to recover and heal at home.
  • List components of a comprehensive stroke family assessment.
  • Describe goals and criteria for acute inpatient rehabilitation.


7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:55 – 8 a.m. Welcome
Cathy Sila, MD

8 – 9 a.m. Keynote Presentation
Expanding Eligibility for Mechanical Thrombectomy
Amrou Sarraj, MD

9 – 10 a.m. Back to Basics
Cerebrovascular Anatomy – Rose Duncan, MD
Stroke Neuroimaging 101 – Yifei Duan, MD

10 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 11:05 a.m. Airway and Respiratory Management in Acute Stroke
Assessment and Management – Riley Grosso, MD
Monitoring Protocol – Anthony Crino, RT

11:05 a.m – 12:05 p.m. Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
Diagnosis and Treatment – Yin Hu, MD
Sympathetic Storm Nursing Implications – Jen Jochum, CNP
Pharmacology – Maribel Llama Rangel, PharmD

12:05 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Post-Intensive Care Syndrome
Assessment and Case Studies – Jan Kloos, PhD
Early mobilization – Mike Dzigiel, PT

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Transitions of Care
Healing at Home – Peter Pronovost, MD
Stroke Family Assessment – Brittany Ryan, RN
Acute Rehabilitation of the Stroke Patient – Sarah Pastoriza, MD

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 – 3:35 p.m. Spinal Cord Infarct
Diagnosis and Treatment – Maulik Purohit, MD
Therapy Interventions – Stephanie Kubec, OT

3:35 – 4:25 p.m. Neurological Complications of COVID-19
Thrombosis and Stroke – Amanda Opaskar, MD
Chronic Brain Fog / Post COVID clinic – Jill Winegardner, MD

4:25 – 4:55 p.m. Case study/Patient Experience
Patient and Family story

4:55 – 5 p.m. Wrap up


Cathy Sila MD, FAHA
Mary Beemiller, BSN, RN
Melissa Brately, BSN, RN, CNRN
Matthew Eckinger, BSN, RN, PCCN
Kim Findura, RN
Julie Fussner, BSN, RN, CPHQ, SCRN
Kelly Montgomery, BSN, RN, SCRN
Danielle Sindelar, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Chase Vlad BSN, RN, CCRN


Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


2021 Symposium Faculty List

Anthony Crino, RT
Coordinator Respiratory Education
UH Cleveland Medical Center

Rose Duncan, MD
Department of Neurology
UH Cleveland Medical Center

Yifei Duan, MD
Department of Neurological Surgery
UH Neurological Institute

Mike Dzigiel, PT
Physical Therapist-Clinical Specialist
UH Cleveland Medical Center

Riley Grosso, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
UH Cleveland Medical Center
Clinical Instructor Emergency Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Yin Hu, MD
Department of Neurological Surgery
UH Neurological Institute
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Jennifer Jochum, MSN, APRN-CNP, CNRN
Neuroscience Intensive Care
Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Coordinator
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Janet Kloos PhD, RN, APRN-CCNS, CCRN
Department of Medicine-Cardiovascular Medicine,
UH Cleveland Medical Center

Stephanie Kubec, OT
Occupational Therapist- Senior
UH Cleveland Medical Center

Amanda Opaskar, MD
Department of Neurology
UH Cleveland Medical Center
Stroke Medical Director
UH St. John’s Medical Center

Sarah Pastoriza, MD
Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
UH Regional Hospitals
Clinical Instructor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD
Chief Quality & Clinical Transformation Officer
University Hospitals

Maulik Purohit, MD
Associate Chief Medical Information Officer
University Hospitals
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Maribel Llama Rangel, PharmD
Critical Care Pharmacy Resident
UH Cleveland Medical Center

Brittany Ryan, RN
Transitional Care Coordinator
UH Cleveland Medical Center

Amrou Sarraj, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
McGovern Medical School
The University of Texas
Health Science Center at Houston

Cathy Sila, MD
Chair, Department of Neurology
Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center
UH Neurological Institute,
UH Cleveland Medical Center
Professor of Neurology
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Jill Winegardner, PhD
Department of Neurology, Neuropsychology
UH Cleveland Medical Center


Live in Person – Space is limited
Physicians $75
Other Healthcare Providers $50

Virtual via Zoom
(All registrants will have access to sessions after the conference)
Physicians $50
Other Healthcare Providers $25

For more information, call 216-286-6458