Welcome to the Stroke Fellowship Training Program at McMaster University.
We aim to offer a vibrant academic atmosphere combined with a focus on clinical excellence in all aspects of stroke care making for an exciting and extraordinary training experience.
Our ten specialty-trained stroke faculty provide a range of expertise and hands-on teaching. The stroke program is the regional referral site for 2.2 million people in Central South Ontario and cares for over 700 acute stroke patients annually at its 62-bed integrated stroke service, consisting of 24 acute stroke beds and 38 rehabilitation beds. There are state-of-the-art neuroimaging and interventional stroke treatment, with ~150 annual mechanical thrombectomies. Over 2500 patients with stroke and threatened stroke are seen annually in our regional stroke prevention and stroke follow-up clinics. Research activities center on our internationally recognized clinical trials, clinical epidemiology, and thrombosis and hemostasis research groups at McMaster University and its affiliated Population Health Research Institute. Fellows will receive closely supervised training in state-of-the-art clinical stroke medicine, and for those fellows undertaking a second year, clinical research training in preparation for an academic career.
There is a full academic schedule, which includes weekly stroke rounds, neuroradiology and neurointerventional rounds, stroke journal clubs, research seminars and neuroscience rounds.
To ensure that upon completion of the fellowship, trainees will be well prepared to lead stroke programs at other institutions, the standardized first year will be comprised of core block rotations, including stroke prevention clinic/neurosonology, inpatient stroke unit care, and stroke consult service. Moreover, we provide supervised exposure to hyperacute stroke and endovascular mechanical thrombectomy decision-making during on-call shifts and an opportunity to pursue dedicated blocks in interventional neuroradiology. Additional electives can be arranged in neurorehabilitation, neurointensive care, or neuroradiology.
The successful completion of the fellowship will grant a Fellowship McMaster Certification. Our fellowship is also recognized nationally by the Canadian Stroke Consortium which provides a second certificate of Fellowship completion.
American Society of Neuroimaging Neurosonology CertificationTo date, 4 fellows have taken this the ASN Neurosonology examination with 100% pass rate.
The fellowship program is designed for current residents or recent graduates of:
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. Recent graduates are required to submit:
The deadline for applications' submission is July 1st of the year prior to the commencement of their fellowship. Interviews are performed during the month of August. Final decisions are communicated by the end of August.
Self-funded fellows can apply no later than 9-months in advance.
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Aristeidis obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Ioannina, School of Medicine, Ioannina, Greece in July 2011, and completed his training in Neurology (2014-2018) at the University of Ioannina, School of Medicine, Ioannina, Greece & at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece. During the years 2011-2015 he also completed my PhD thesis at the Department of Neurology, University of Ioannina, School of Medicine, Ioannina, Greece, investigating the contribution of transesophageal echocardiography in the diagnostic work-up of patients with stroke.
After the completion of his PhD thesis and training in Neurology he was granted by the European Academy of Neurology with a 6-month Research Fellowship at the Ruhr University of Bochum, Bochum, Germany for his research proposal to investigate the utility of transorbital sonography in patients with optic neuritis. Since July 1st 2019, he joined as a Clinical Fellow for Stroke Medicine at the Division of Neurology, McMaster University and Population Health Research Institute, Hamilton, Canada.
Aristeidis has actively participated in numerous research projects and international collaborations on acute stroke treatment and secondary stroke prevention, and has published more than 160 papers in high-impact medical journals to date (2394 citations, H-index 29). He has served to date as an external consultant for research grants for the Health Research Board, Republic of Ireland and as a peer-Reviewer for over 45 medical Journals. For the quality of his peer-reviewing in stroke literature he has received the Outstanding Reviewer Award 2019 from Stroke Journal and an Award from Web of Science-Clarivate analytics for placing in the top 1% of reviewers for the year 2018-2019 in Neuroscience and Behavior on the Publons Global Reviewer Database.
Aristeidis currently serve as an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Neurology (Section Stroke), Academic Editor for PLoS One, member of the Editorial Board of Stroke (the official Journal of the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association), member of the Journal of Neuroimaging (the official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging) and as an Invited Editor for a special thematic issue for stroke treatment and prevention for the Journal of Clinical Medicine. Aristeidis also serves as a member of the International Liaison Committee of the European Stroke Organization and as a member of the Resident and Research Fellow Section of the Scientific Panel Neurosonology of the European Academy of Neurology.
Aristeidis has particular enthusiasm for epidemiology, biostatistics and meta-research and focuses his research on the evidence-based evaluation of emerging diagnostic and therapeutic approaches on acute stroke treatment and secondary stroke prevention. During his fellowship he is actively involved as a co-investigator in multiple clinical trials and research projects (ENRICH-AF, SATURN, CATIS-ICAD, AXIOMATIC-SSP, TIMELESS, OPERA, ANNEXA-I, CVasc COVID19) and will be leading his first pilot randomized controlled clinical trial on the management of blood pressure following successful endovascular thrombectomy (DETECT).
Danielle de Sa Boasquevisque, MD, graduated from Federal University of Espirito Santo in Brazil. She did her neurology training at the University of Sao Paulo and received her Master’s Degree in Health Sciences at the Israel Institute of Education and Research from Hospital. She recently completed two years of clinical stroke fellowship at McMaster University. She is currently joining McMaster University as a PHRI Research fellow/MSc candidate to complete her training in Vascular Neurology . Her research interest is acute stroke treatment and stroke rehabilitation.
Aslam Alaykum, "peace be upon you". I graduated from Umm Al-Qura Medical College, Makkah in Saudi Arabia in 2011, and completed the Saudi Board of Neurology in 2018. I worked at King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah as a Neurology Resident and then as an Associate Consultant. In Oct 2020, I joined the Stroke fellowship program at McMaster University. I chose McMaster because of the awesome and lovely staff. The environment is full of teaching and research opportunities and mentorship. My areas of interest include stroke prevention and acute stroke care.
Dr. Abhilekh Srivastava completed his medical school in 2010 from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) in Delhi University, India. He was adjudged as the best outgoing medical graduate in his final year of medical school. He then went on to finish a 3 year residency in Internal medicine from 2011-2014 followed by a 3 year residency from 2014-2017 in Neurology from the same university (MAMC and GB Pant Hospital). He was working as a consultant neurologist from 2017-2021 at Fortis Hospital, New Delhi. He was then selected for a clinical stroke fellowship at McMaster university which he started in September 2021. His areas of special interest are therapeutics in acute stroke care and research into population based primary prevention strategies in acute stroke.
The Stroke Medicine fellowship will prepare trainees to be experts in the continuum of stroke care through exposure to a wide variety of patients with stroke and threatened stroke under the supervision of senior stroke program faculty. Upon completion of the fellowship, trainees will be well prepared to lead stroke programs at other institutions, to continue life long learning in stroke management, and to have experience in conducting stroke research.
Fellows will be expected to prepare and submit at least one scholarly article for publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or present at a national/international conference under the supervision of a faculty mentor. These include critical narrative reviews, systematic reviews, or research data (see below). Fellows will present and discuss clinical cases monthly to the weekly stroke rounds conference, with selected cases published on the stroke program website. Fellows will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to carry out research projects using the databases available from the Registry of the Canadian Stroke Network, Population Health Research Institute,
and Regional Health Network. Projects will be developed with and supervised by one of the fellowship co-directors. For selected fellows anticipating a second year of stroke fellowship training, research activities will be expanded and self-initiated projects and grant writing required. Fellows will additionally participate and be trained in the conduct of clinical trials at the site level.
1-2 years. The stroke fellowship program consists of 4 fellows per annum. 2 are fully funded (commensurate) and 2 spots are held for self-funded applicants.
We are very grateful for the generous support of the Marta and Owen Boris Foundation which has been pivotal in the expansion and success of our Stroke Fellowship Program which has trained 18 fellows from 6 countries as of July 2020.
Additional sources of funding:
Salient, distinctive aspects of the stroke fellowship program include: