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.