Neil Schwartz, MD, PhD

Stroke and vascular neurologist

Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences Clinical Associate Professor, Neurosurgery
Dr. Schwartz joined the Stanford Stroke Center in 2004 as a Fellow in Vascular Neurology and has remained on as Faculty since 2007. Currently, his primary focus is the care of patients with cerebrovascular disease in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. His expertise extends to critically ill patients in the Neurointensive Care Unit with ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. He has a particular interest and expertise in cervical artery dissection, non-atherosclerotic vasculopathies, and stroke in young adults.

Dr. Schwartz is a national leader in neurological education and is the Program Director for the Stanford Neurology Residency Program and serves the Medical Director for Clinical Neurosciences (G1/H1) at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

Learn more about the Neurology Residency Program: http://neurology.stanford.edu/education/adult_residency.html.

Stroke Center

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-6469
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Neurocritical Care Program

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 866-742-4811
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Professional Education

Board Certification: Vascular Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2008)

Board Certification: Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2006)

Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center (2005) CA

Residency: Stanford University Medical Center (2004) CA

Internship: California Pacific Medical Center (2001) CA

MD, Northwestern University (2000)

PhD, Northwestern University, Neurophysiology Neuropharmacology (1998)

Medical Education: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2000) IL

Administrative Appointments

Program Director, Neurology Residency Program, Dept. of Neurology & Neurological Sciences (2010 - Present)

Medical Director, Clinical Neurosciences (G1/H1), Stanford Hospital & Clinics (2010 - Present)

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Cervical Arterial Dissections and Association With Cervical Manipulative Therapy A Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
Biller, J., Sacco, R. L., Albuquerque, F. C., Demaerschalk, B. M., Fayad, P., & Tirschwell, D. L. (2014). Cervical Arterial Dissections and Association With Cervical Manipulative Therapy A Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. STROKE, 45(10), 3155-3174.

Clinical Assessment of Standard and Generalized Autocalibrating Partially Parallel Acquisition Diffusion Imaging: Effects of Reduction Factor and Spatial Resolution
Andre, J. B., Zaharchuk, G., Fischbein, N. J., Augustin, M., Skare, S., & Bammer, R. (2012). Clinical Assessment of Standard and Generalized Autocalibrating Partially Parallel Acquisition Diffusion Imaging: Effects of Reduction Factor and Spatial Resolution. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NEURORADIOLOGY, 33(7), 1337-1342.

Automated Perfusion Imaging for the Evaluation of Transient Ischemic Attack
Kleinman, J. T., Zaharchuk, G., Mlynash, M., Ogdie, A. A., Straka, M., & Olivot, J.-M. (2012). Automated Perfusion Imaging for the Evaluation of Transient Ischemic Attack. STROKE, 43(6), 1556-1560.

Predicting outcome after acute basilar artery occlusion based on admission characteristics
Greving, J. P., Schonewille, W. J., Wijman, C. Ac., Michel, P., Kappelle, L. J., & Algra, A. (2012). Predicting outcome after acute basilar artery occlusion based on admission characteristics. NEUROLOGY, 78(14), 1058-1063.

Antithrombotic and Thrombolytic Therapy for Ischemic Stroke Antithrombotic Therapy and Prevention of Thrombosis, 9th ed: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines
Lansberg, M. G., O'Donnell, M. J., Khatri, P., Lang, E. S., Nguyen-Huynh, M. N., & Akl, E. A. (2012). Antithrombotic and Thrombolytic Therapy for Ischemic Stroke Antithrombotic Therapy and Prevention of Thrombosis, 9th ed: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. CHEST, 141(2), E601S-E636S.

Antithrombotic and thrombolytic therapy for ischemic stroke: Antithrombotic Therapy and Prevention of Thrombosis, 9th ed: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Lansberg, M. G., O'Donnell, M. J., Khatri, P., Lang, E. S., Nguyen-Huynh, M. N., & Akl, E. A. (2012). Antithrombotic and thrombolytic therapy for ischemic stroke: Antithrombotic Therapy and Prevention of Thrombosis, 9th ed: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. Chest, 141(2), e601S-36S.

Concurrent stenoocclusive disease of intracranial and extracranial arteries in a patient with polycythemia vera.
Hua, L. H., Dodd, R. L., & Schwartz, N. E. (2012). Concurrent stenoocclusive disease of intracranial and extracranial arteries in a patient with polycythemia vera. Case reports in medicine, 2012, 151767-?.

Yield of CT perfusion for the evaluation of transient ischaemic attack.
Kleinman, J. T., Mlynash, M., Zaharchuk, G., Ogdie, A. A., Straka, M., & Olivot, J. M. (2012). Yield of CT perfusion for the evaluation of transient ischaemic attack. International journal of stroke : official journal of the International Stroke Society.

Greater Effect of Stroke Thrombolysis in the Presence of Arterial Obstruction
De Silva, D. A., Churilov, L., Olivot, J.-M., Christensen, S., Lansberg, M. G., & Donnan, G. A. (2011). Greater Effect of Stroke Thrombolysis in the Presence of Arterial Obstruction. ANNALS OF NEUROLOGY, 70(4), 601-605.

TWO ACES Transient Ischemic Attack Work-Up as Outpatient Assessment of Clinical Evaluation and Safety
Olivot, J.-M., Wolford, C., Castle, J., Mlynash, M., Schwartz, N. E., & Albers, G. W. (2011). TWO ACES Transient Ischemic Attack Work-Up as Outpatient Assessment of Clinical Evaluation and Safety. STROKE, 42(7), 1839-1843.

The Albumin in Acute Stroke Part 1 Trial An Exploratory Efficacy Analysis
Hill, M. D., Martin, R. H., Palesch, Y. Y., Tamariz, D., Waldman, B. D., & Ginsberg, M. D. (2011). The Albumin in Acute Stroke Part 1 Trial An Exploratory Efficacy Analysis. STROKE, 42(6), 1621-1625.

Mri Based Tia Triage Study
Wolford, C., Mlynash, M., Schwartz, N. E., Purushotham, A., Lansberg, M., & Olivot, J.-M. (2011). Mri Based Tia Triage Study. STROKE, 42(3), E210-E210.

TIA Clinic Triage Strategy Reduces the Cost of TIA Evaluation
Mlynash, M., Castle, J., Olivot, J.-M., Wolford, C., Schwartz, N. E., & Albers, G. W. (2011). TIA Clinic Triage Strategy Reduces the Cost of TIA Evaluation. STROKE, 42(3), E250-E250.

MRI Profile of the Perihematomal Region in Acute Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Olivot, J.-M., Mlynash, M., Kleinman, J. T., Straka, M., Venkatasubramanian, C., & Wijman, C. Ac. (2010). MRI Profile of the Perihematomal Region in Acute Intracerebral Hemorrhage. STROKE, 41(11), 2681-2683.

Acute Basilar Artery Occlusion in the Basilar Artery International Cooperation Study Does Gender Matter?
Arnold, M., Fischer, U., Compter, A., Gralla, J., Findling, O., & Schonewille, W. J. (2010). Acute Basilar Artery Occlusion in the Basilar Artery International Cooperation Study Does Gender Matter?. STROKE, 41(11), 2693-2696.

Intravenous Thrombolysis Plus Hypothermia for Acute Treatment of Ischemic Stroke (ICTuS-L) Final Results
Hemmen, T. M., Raman, R., Guluma, K. Z., Meyer, B. C., Gomes, J. A., & Lyden, P. D. (2010). Intravenous Thrombolysis Plus Hypothermia for Acute Treatment of Ischemic Stroke (ICTuS-L) Final Results. STROKE, 41(10), 2265-2270.

Dabigatran Challenges Warfarin's Superiority for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
Schwartz, N. E., & Albers, G. W. (2010). Dabigatran Challenges Warfarin's Superiority for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation. STROKE, 41(6), 1307-1309.

Endovascular Thrombectomy for Acute Ischemic Stroke in Failed Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator Versus Non-Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator Patients Revascularization and Outcomes Stratified by the Site of Arterial Occlusions
Shi, Z.-S., Loh, Y., Walker, G., & Duckwiler, G. R. (2010). Endovascular Thrombectomy for Acute Ischemic Stroke in Failed Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator Versus Non-Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator Patients Revascularization and Outcomes Stratified by the Site of Arterial Occlusions. STROKE, 41(6), 1185-1192.

Clinical Outcomes in Middle Cerebral Artery Trunk Occlusions Versus Secondary Division Occlusions After Mechanical Thrombectomy Pooled Analysis of the Mechanical Embolus Removal in Cerebral Ischemia (MERCI) and Multi MERCI Trials
Shi, Z.-S., Loh, Y., Walker, G., & Duckwiler, G. R. (2010). Clinical Outcomes in Middle Cerebral Artery Trunk Occlusions Versus Secondary Division Occlusions After Mechanical Thrombectomy Pooled Analysis of the Mechanical Embolus Removal in Cerebral Ischemia (MERCI) and Multi MERCI Trials. STROKE, 41(5), 953-960.

Diagnostic Accuracy of MRI in Spontaneous Intra-cerebral Hemorrhage (DASH): Initial Results
Wijman, C. A., Snider, R. W., Venkatasubramanian, C., Caulfield, A. F., Buckwalter, M., & Albers, G. W. (2010). Diagnostic Accuracy of MRI in Spontaneous Intra-cerebral Hemorrhage (DASH): Initial Results. STROKE, 41(4), E210-E211.

Factors Predicting the Presence of Acute Ischemic Lesions on Diffusion Weighted in the Stanford TIA Study (Two Aces)
Olivot, J. M., Wolford, C., Mlynash, M., Castle, J., Lansberg, M., & Albers, G. W. (2010). Factors Predicting the Presence of Acute Ischemic Lesions on Diffusion Weighted in the Stanford TIA Study (Two Aces). STROKE, 41(4), E273-E273.

Utility of Early MRI in the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Wijman, C. Ac., Venkatasubramanian, C., Bruins, S., Fischbein, N., & Schwartz, N. (2010). Utility of Early MRI in the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage. CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES, 30(5), 456-463.

Clinical and Radiographic Natural History of Cervical Artery Dissections
Schwartz, N. E., Vertinsky, A. T., Hirsch, K. G., & Albers, G. W. (2009). Clinical and Radiographic Natural History of Cervical Artery Dissections. JOURNAL OF STROKE & CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES, 18(6), 416-423.

Improving Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast MRI Measurement of Quantitative Cerebral Blood Flow using Corrections for Partial Volume and Nonlinear Contrast Relaxivity: A Xenon Computed Tomographic Comparative Study
Zaharchuk, G., Bammer, R., Straka, M., Newbould, R. D., Rosenberg, J., & Moseley, M. E. (2009). Improving Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast MRI Measurement of Quantitative Cerebral Blood Flow using Corrections for Partial Volume and Nonlinear Contrast Relaxivity: A Xenon Computed Tomographic Comparative Study. JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING, 30(4), 743-752.

Treatment and outcomes of acute basilar artery occlusion in the Basilar Artery International Cooperation Study (BASICS): a prospective registry study
Schonewille, W. J., Wijman, C. Ac., Michel, P., Rueckert, C. M., Weimar, C., & Algra, A. (2009). Treatment and outcomes of acute basilar artery occlusion in the Basilar Artery International Cooperation Study (BASICS): a prospective registry study. LANCET NEUROLOGY, 8(8), 724-730.

SENSE Diffusion-weighted Imaging Improves Diagnostic Sensitivity in Acute Ischemic Stroke
Schwartz, N. E., Newbould, R. D., Skare, S., Zaharchuk, G., Mlynash, M., & Bammer, R. (2009). SENSE Diffusion-weighted Imaging Improves Diagnostic Sensitivity in Acute Ischemic Stroke. STROKE, 40(4), E115-E115.

Tissue Plasminogen Activator Does Not Benefit Most Eligible Patients With Stroke
Lansberg, M. G., & Schwartz, N. E. (2009). Tissue Plasminogen Activator Does Not Benefit Most Eligible Patients With Stroke. ARCHIVES OF NEUROLOGY, 66(4), 540-541.

Perfusion MRI (Tmax and MTT) correlation with xenon CT cerebral blood flow in stroke patients
Olivot, J.-M., Mlynash, M., Zaharchuk, G., Straka, M., Bammer, R., & Albers, G. W. (2009). Perfusion MRI (Tmax and MTT) correlation with xenon CT cerebral blood flow in stroke patients. NEUROLOGY, 72(13), 1140-1145.

Antithrombotic agents for stroke prevention.
Schwartz, N. E., Diener, H.-C., & Albers, G. W. (2009). Antithrombotic agents for stroke prevention. Handbook of clinical neurology, 94, 1277-1294.

Acute strokes in the setting of a persistent primitive trigeminal artery.
Schwartz, N. E., & Albers, G. W. (2009). Acute strokes in the setting of a persistent primitive trigeminal artery. BMJ case reports, 2009, bcr2006111773-?.

Risk of Symptomatic Intracerebral Hemorrhage in Patients Treated with Intra-Arterial Thrombolysis
Singer, O. C., Berkefeld, J., Lorenz, M. W., Fiehler, J., Albers, G. W., & Neumann-Haefelin, T. (2009). Risk of Symptomatic Intracerebral Hemorrhage in Patients Treated with Intra-Arterial Thrombolysis. CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES, 27(4), 368-374.

Comparison of Multidetector CT Angiography and MR Imaging of Cervical Artery Dissection
Vertinsky, A. T., Schwartz, N. E., Fischbein, N. J., Rosenberg, J., Albers, G. W., & Zaharchuk, G. (2008). Comparison of Multidetector CT Angiography and MR Imaging of Cervical Artery Dissection. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NEURORADIOLOGY, 29(9), 1753-1760.

Mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke - Final results of the multi MERCI trial
Smith, W. S., Sung, G., Saver, J., Budzik, R., Duckwiler, G., & Gobin, Y. P. (2008). Mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke - Final results of the multi MERCI trial. STROKE, 39(4), 1205-1212.

Use of antiplatelet agents to prevent stroke: What is the role for combinations of medications?
Schwartz, N. E., & Albers, G. W. (2008). Use of antiplatelet agents to prevent stroke: What is the role for combinations of medications?. CURRENT NEUROLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE REPORTS, 8(1), 29-34.

Is there a role for combinations of antiplatelet agents in stroke prevention?
Schwartz, N. E., & Albers, G. W. (2007). Is there a role for combinations of antiplatelet agents in stroke prevention?. Current treatment options in neurology, 9(6), 442-450.

The Basilar Artery International Cooperation Study (BASICS)
Schonewille, W. J., Wijman, C. Ac., Michel, P., Algra, A., & Kappelle, L. J. (2007). The Basilar Artery International Cooperation Study (BASICS). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE, 2(3), 220-223.

Neurological picture. Acute strokes in the setting of a persistent primitive trigeminal artery.
Schwartz, N. E., & Albers, G. W. (2007). Neurological picture. Acute strokes in the setting of a persistent primitive trigeminal artery. Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry, 78(7), 745-?.

Transient isolated vertigo secondary to an acute stroke of the cerebellar nodulus
Schwartz, N. E., Venkat, C., & Albers, G. W. (2007). Transient isolated vertigo secondary to an acute stroke of the cerebellar nodulus. ARCHIVES OF NEUROLOGY, 64(6), 897-898.

Action at a distance: A lumbar spine tumor presenting as trigeminal neuralgia
Schwartz, N. E., Rosenberg, S., & So, Y. T. (2006). Action at a distance: A lumbar spine tumor presenting as trigeminal neuralgia. CLINICAL NEUROLOGY AND NEUROSURGERY, 108(8), 806-808.

Physiological activation of presynaptic metabotropic glutamate receptors increases intracellular calcium and glutamate release
Schwartz, N. E., & Alford, S. (2000). Physiological activation of presynaptic metabotropic glutamate receptors increases intracellular calcium and glutamate release. JOURNAL OF NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, 84(1), 415-427.

Modulation of pre- and postsynaptic calcium dynamics by ionotropic glutamate receptors at a plastic synapse
Schwartz, N. E., & Alford, S. (1998). Modulation of pre- and postsynaptic calcium dynamics by ionotropic glutamate receptors at a plastic synapse. JOURNAL OF NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, 79(4), 2191-2203.