Top-Tier Stroke Care

Expertise and 24/7 access earns UT Southwestern highest certification

UT Southwestern Medical Center has been certified as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission – its highest level of certification – recognizing UTSW’s capabilities to treat the most complex stroke cases on a round-the-clock basis.

UT Southwestern is one of only 67 medical centers nationwide to earn the certification and the only one in North Texas.

“Having immediate access to medical professionals who are expertly trained to handle complex strokes – together with immediate, 24/7 access to critical imaging equipment and medications – can dramatically improve the outcome for stroke patients,” says Mark Goldberg, M.D., Chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics.  

UT Southwestern’s interdisciplinary stroke care teams include neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroimaging specialists, stroke rehabilitation specialists, and emergency medicine physicians. Stroke-prevention procedures include special lasers to connect arteries without stopping blood flow to the brain, and a special stent designed specifically for blood vessels in the brain to prevent further strokes.

Other UT Southwestern resources include a special CT scanner that creates 3-D images of an organ in real time, allowing physicians to quickly diagnose strokes and heart attacks.

UT Southwestern stroke specialists helped pioneer development of some of the most advanced and effective brain aneurysm procedures and technologies in use today, including helping to refine the fast-acting drug tPA to rapidly dissolve blood clots. The Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern is ranked in the top 20 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual report on Best Hospitals.