Scott Kasner, M.D.

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Comprehensive Stroke Center, University of Pennsylvania

Scott Kasner, M.D is the Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Comprehensive Stroke Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Scott E. Kasner earned his B.S. in Physics and Zoology from Duke University, M.D. from Yale University, and Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (M.S.C.E.) from the University of Pennsylvania. He trained in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, and then in Stroke and Neurocritical Care at the University of Texas at Houston.  He joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and is currently the Ruth M. & Tristram C. Colket Jr. President’s Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Chief of the Division of Stroke and Vascular Neurology, Vice Chair of Neurology, and until recently served as the Director of the Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. He is a member of Penn’s Academy of Master Clinicians.  He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and was a longstanding member of its Stroke Council Leadership Committee.  He was awarded the 2000 Michael Pessin Stroke Leadership Award by the American Academy of Neurology and the 2012 Stroke Council Award by the American Heart Association.  Dr. Kasner has had leadership roles in many trials of novel interventions for acute stroke treatment, prevention, and recovery.

Philip Bath, M.D., D.Sc.

Chair and Head of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Nottingham

Philip Bath, M.D., D.Sc., is Stroke Association Professor of Stroke Medicine, and Chair and Head of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham. He is also a convener for the Neuroscience@Nottingham and Vascular Research multidisciplinary groups, and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Associate Director for Industry and Prevention in the Stroke Research Network. With 339 publications, he was the Stroke Association Keynote Lecturer in March 2015.

Clinically, he contributes to the NUH Stroke Service (in-patient and out-patient stroke care) and Hypertension Clinic. As an NIHR Senior Investigator, his main research interests cover the treatment of acute stroke (blood pressure lowering), prevention of stroke recurrence and cognitive impairment (antiplatelets, blood pressure, and lipid-lowering), and enhancement of recovery using stem cells. He uses preclinical studies, clinical trials (phase I to IV), and systematic reviews to address these questions.

Dr. Bath received his M.D. from King's College London, University of London, and his D.Sc. from the University of Nottingham.

Michael Hill, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Professor for the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences, Community Health Sciences, Medicine and Radiology at the University of Calgary

Dr. Michael Hill is a Professor for the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences, Community Health Sciences, Medicine and Radiology at the University of Calgary.  He is also Director of the Stroke Unit for the Calgary Stroke Program, Alberta Health Services. 

Dr. Hill completed undergraduate training at McGill University in biochemistry and went on to the University of Ottawa medical school. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Ottawa and received his FRCPC (Internal Medicine) in 1997. Subsequently, he completed a neurology residency at the University of Toronto and received his FRCPC (Neurology) in 1999. Dr. Hill moved to Calgary to undertake a stroke fellowship and clinical epidemiology training at the University of Calgary and was appointed to faculty in 2001.  He then completed his MSc thesis in 2003, and is currently Director of the Stroke Unit at the Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary Health Region. 

Dr. Hill’s research interests include stroke thrombolysis, stroke epidemiology, and surveillance and clinical trials.  He is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and holds the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta/NWT/Nunavut professorship in Stroke Research. He holds and has held operating and clinical trials grants from the CIHR, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta/NWT/Nunavut and from various industry partners as well as  NIH (NINDS). Dr. Hill has also received a number of awards, including the Barnett, The Pessin Award and the ARP merit award and the Performance Recognition award for his role in research and his outstanding publication record.

John Volpi, M.D.

Co-Director of the Eddy Scurlock Stroke Center, Houston Methodist

John Volpi, M.D.,  is the Co-Director of the Eddy Scurlock Stroke Center at Houston Methodist and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Institute for Academic Medicine.  His research interests are in the management and prevention of ischemic stroke and the critical care of patients with neurological illnesses such as intracerebral hemorrhage, epilepsy, and nervous system infections.  His studies also involve the use of ultrasound in the evaluation of blood flow to the brain and the development of novel therapies for improving patient outcomes in stroke. 

Dr. Volpi received his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine.