Mobile Stroke Unit Saving Long Island Lives | Dr. David Fiorella
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Interim President Michael Bernstein

About Dr. Fiorella:

Dr. David J. Fiorella, Director of the Stony Brook Cerebrovascular Center, Co-Director of the Stony Brook Cerebrovascular and Comprehensive Stroke Center, and  Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology joined the Department of Neurosurgery in 2009. Dr. Fiorella is considered a pioneer in the field of neuro-interventional therapies, advancing new devices and techniques for the treatment of Cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Fiorella spearheaded the acquisition of 2 Mobile Stroke units for Stony Brook University Hospital, the first program in Suffolk County. He is the Principle Investigator or Co-PI on numerous national trials evaluating new devices and techniques for the treatment of aneurysms, acute stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage. He is a senior member of the Society for Neuro-interventional Surgery (SNIS) and senior associate editor of the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. Dr. Fiorella has been named amongst the best interventional radiologists/endovascular surgeons in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for several years in a row.

About the Episode:

Stony Brook Medicine Mobile Stroke Unit founder, Dr. David Fiorella, is considered a pioneer in the field of neuro-interventional therapies -- advancing new devices and techniques for the treatment of Cerebrovascular disease.

He took that pioneering inspiration one step further in 2019 when he and a team of Stony Brook clinicians and colleagues launched the first two Mobile Stroke Units on Long Island.

These Mobile Stroke Units enable stroke patients to be triaged and treated in the field, wherever the patient is located. Clinicians can administer IV TPa, a medication that minimizes brain injury, at any remote location and then immediately transport the patient to the closest appropriate care facility, where physicians can initiate further care.

In this episode of “Beyond the Expected,” Michael Bernstein talks to Dr. Fiorella about his trajectory as a vascular brain surgeon and what inspired him to pursue the complex initiative of starting a Mobile Stroke Unit program. You’ll also hear heartwarming stories of patient survival, and learn what this groundbreaking program has meant for Long Island stroke care since it launched in April 2019.


Thanks to Dr. David Fiorella

Guest Host: Michael Bernstein

Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta

Producer: Lauren Sheprow

Art Director: Karen Leibowitz

Assistant Producer: Emily Cappiello

Assistant Producer: Joan Behan-Duncan

Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Casey  Borchick

Podcast photography and YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray

Podcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman

Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere

Production Manager: Tony Fabrizio

Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald

Camera: Brian DiLeo

Camera: Greg Klose

Original score: “Mutti Bug” provided by Professor Tom Manuel

Special thanks to the Stony Brook University School of Journalism for use of its podcast studio.

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