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Kerri Remmel, MD, PhD
Kerri Remmel, MD, PhD

    Dr. Remmel is the interim chair of the Department of Neurology and is also the director of the University of Louisville Stroke Program.  Prior to becoming a neurologist, she received her PhD in Communication Disorders and Linguistics and practiced as a Speech Pathologist rehabilitating stroke patients.  Her passion for understanding the etiology of stroke and its debilitating effects propelled her to seek a medical degree.

    Dr. Remmel is a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.  She serves as the State Stroke Champion for Kentucky and has been successful in working with the State Health Department to assess the knowledge of stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in Kentucky and implement plans to develop stroke systems of care within the state by working with the state government to pass Resolutions and Legislature.  In addition, she serves on the local board of the American Heart Association, National Stroke Association and is a member of the National Strokebelt Consortium.

    Under Dr. Remmel's leadership the University of Louisville Hospital Stroke Center has been recognized as a national model of excellence by becoming the first healthcare facility in Kentucky to receive national accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center, awarded by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  In 2006 U of L was one of only five hospitals in the nation to receive the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Annual Performance Achievement Award for providing appropriate, evidence-based care to patients at least 85% of the time.

    She is a funded researcher in acute stroke treatments and serves as the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials.  Her individual research efforts focus on cryptogenic stroke and disparities in stroke risk factors.

    In 2005 Dr. Remmel's dedication to teaching and education was recognized nationally through the award of one of the most prestigious mentoring honors.  She was designated a McCann Scholar by the Joy McCann Foundation for her excellent mentoring in medicine and praised by the McCann Foundation for creating a highly effective team approach to caring for stroke patients.  She has also received the Academy of Neurology National Teaching Scholarship and Excellence in Teaching Neurology Awards.

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