William H. Likosky, M.D.

William H. Likosky, M.D.

Director of the Stroke Program
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

William H. Likosky, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist with Minor & James Medical PLLC who practices between Swedish’s First Hill and Cherry Hill campuses. Since 2000, he has been director of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute's Stroke Program.

Dr. Likosky was recently voted by other local physicians as one of the area’s best neurologists and listed in Seattle magazine’s annual "Top Doctors" list.

In addition to his role at Swedish, Dr. Likosky is chair of the Neurology Department at Minor & James Medical PLLC. He is also a clinical associate professor of neurology at the University of Washington.

Prior to his role as Swedish's Stroke Program director, Dr. Likosky was director of utilization in the Department of Quality and Utilization for The Permanente Medical Group from 1991 to 2000. From 1973 to 2000, he was an attending neurologist at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Santa Clara, Calif., where he was also director of the multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinic from 1975 to 2000.

Dr. Likosky’s research interests include MS clinical care, disease management in and across medical specialties, stroke care, as well as quality and utilization improvement. His current research activities include carotid stenting in carotid artery disease, Patent Foramen Ovale closure and stroke prevention, Novel aortic occlusion procedures to improve stroke outcomes, stroke prevention therapies, secondary prevention of stroke through risk-modification activities, and process improvement in stroke. Over the course of his medical career, Dr. Likosky has written almost 40 articles on various research-related topics that have been published in a variety of medical journals.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Likosky is a member of numerous professional organizations, including American Heart Association, Stroke Council of the American Stroke Association, Puget Sound Heart Association and its Stroke Education Committee, Puget Sound Stroke Interest Group, and Western Consortium of Stroke Centers.

Dr. Likosky earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, where he later graduated from medical school. Following medical school, he did a one-year internship in medicine, a one-year residency in medicine and a three-year residency in neurology at Yale University Hospitals.

If you are a member of the news media and would like to speak with Dr. Likosky, contact in Swedish's Corporate Communications Department at 206-998-5028 or via media@swedish.org

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