Program Director's Welcome
Thank you for your interest in the Vascular Neurology Fellowship training program at Ochsner Health.
For the last two decades, the care for patients with cerebrovascular disorders has changed drastically. Diseases that used to belong to the back of the emergency room are now considered neurological emergencies requiring prompt evaluation and care. From alteplase to thrombectomies to aneurysm embolizations, the landscape of vascular neurology has changed for the better.
At Ochsner Health, we have developed a high-volume program that allows us to take care of patients from New Orleans, as well as from all over the state of Louisiana and even Mississippi. We have been a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center by Joint Commission since 2013. We also have one of the largest tele-stroke networks in the country with over 50 spokes across the Gulf South.
Our institution leads the way in our area with a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to stroke care which includes a dedicated stroke unit plus a 35 bed NeuroCritical Care Unit. Our team is supported by residents and advanced practitioners, as well as a fantastic ancillary team. There is direct collaboration and interaction with other services such as neurosurgery, neurocritical care, neurointerventional radiology, neuroradiology, vascular surgery, and cardiology among others.
In the past year we took care of more than 1,600 patients with cerebrovascular disorders at our institution and over 4,000 patients via telestroke. We believe that with our dedicated vascular neurology faculty we can provide an excellent environment for subspecialty training.
Gabriel A. Vidal, M.D.