HOPKINS HIRES STROKE DIRECTOR TO CAPITALIZE ON NEW STROKE TREATMENTS

November 6, 1996
Media Contact: Michael Purdy
Phone: (410) 955-8725
E-mail: mpurdy@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

Stroke expert Robert Wityk, M.D., becomes Johns Hopkins' new director of clinical stroke services on November 1. His goals include streamlining stroke care and expanding and advancing use of clotbusters, chemical brain protectors and other new and experimental drugs for stroke victims.

Wityk plans to develop of an inpatient/outpatient stroke consultation unit, as well as a dedicated stroke treatment unit, which has been shown to improve the effectiveness of stroke treatment and reduce costs.

"It's my objective at Hopkins to set up an acute stroke team a step above most teams," says Wityk. Wityk is an expert on a number of potential new stroke treatments brought forth by recent research: new drugs to break up clots that cause stroke, prevent their formation, and protect nerve cells endangered by the strokes.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Wityk served as a neurology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and a stroke fellow at Tufts University before coming to Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, where he was co-director of Sinai's stroke team. During that time, he also held a joint appointment as an assistant professor of neurology at Hopkins for two years.

Wityk is a member of the National Stroke Association and the Maryland affiliate of the American Heart Association's Stroke Initiative Task Force.


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