16th Annual Cerebrovascular Symposium

A Comprehensive Approach to the Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Patients with Cerebrovascular Disease

Thursday and Friday, May 11-12, 2023
7 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. PT & 7 a.m.- 12 p.m. PT
Swedish Cherry Hill
Education & Conference Center & Seattle Science Foundation
500 17th Ave
Seattle, Washington

Swedish Neuroscience Institute's 16th Annual Cerebrovascular Symposium will provide a comprehensive update on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of various types of cerebrovascular diseases and stroke. Nationally recognized experts will present didactic lectures, case discussions, faculty debates on topics including updates from ISC, hot debates in stroke, cardiac, BP management, imaging, and ICH updates. This year there will also be hands-on time in the lab with current devices/products and breakouts with several topics from nursing to prehospital care. Featuring new data from clinical research and evidence-based updates, this comprehensive program will address best practices and essential learning for all members of the care team.

This symposium is intended for neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, emergency physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and other allied health professionals who are involved in the management of patients with cerebrovascular disease.

View more information about the course below. Registration options and fees are listed under the "Fees" tab.

By attending this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Evaluate treatment options for stroke patients based on updated guidelines
  • Discuss recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who present with symptoms of stroke
  • Select appropriate radiographic studies based on the most current information available
  • Describe systems of care for stroke patients
  • Apply newly acquired knowledge through discussion of a variety of challenging stroke cases and debates
  • Practice and view techniques through a hands-on equipment lab

Thursday & Friday, May 11-12, 2023
*All times listed are in Pacific Time (PT).

Thursday, May 11, 2023

6:45 a.m.
PT Registration Check-in and Continental Breakfast
Seattle Science Foundation

7 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Yince Loh, M.D.

7:15 a.m.
Neurology Grand Rounds
William Likosky, M.D., Endowed Lectureship
Vascular Robotics
Vitor Mendes Pereira, M.D., MSc

8:15 a.m.
Arthur Wang, M.D., FAANS

9 a.m.
VR in Cerebrovascular
Stephen J. Monteith, M.D.

9:30 a.m.
Cerebral Venous Disease and Stents
Cameron G. McDougall, M.D.

10:15 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
New Technology in Cardiac Interventions to Reduce Stroke Risk
Sameer Gafoor, M.D.

11:15 a.m.
Neuro Imaging Updates & AI in Radiology
Brendan J. McCullough, M.D.

11:45 a.m.

12:15 p.m.
Hands on Labs at Seattle Science Foundation

  • Neuroendovascular
  • VR
  • Robotics
  • Cardiac

4:45 p.m.
Adjourn Day One

Friday, May 12, 2023

6:45 a.m.
PT Check-in and Continental Breakfast
Swedish Cherry Hill - Education and Conference Center

7:10 a.m.
Yince Loh, M.D.

7:15 a.m.
Updates and Advances in Neurocritical Care
Kory Herrick, M.D.

8:15 a.m.
2023 International Stroke Conference (ISC) Update
Yince Loh, M.D.

8:45 a.m.
ISC Update - Research and Trials
Tarvinder Singh, M.S., M.D.

9 a.m.
Breakout Sessions - Attendees select one of the tracks below:
Breakout Option 1 & 2 Combined: Nursing and Rehab / EMS and Prehospital Care

  • 9 a.m.
    What's New in Prehospital Diagnostics
    Nerses Sanossian, M.D.
  • 9:45 a.m.
    AI and ML in Interhospital Stroke Care
    Samuel Hou, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 10:30 a.m.
    Cerebrovascular Rehab
    P. Chuwn Lim, M.D.
  • 11:15 a.m.
    Update in Nursing - TBD Topic
    Patricia (Pat) Blissitt, Ph.D., ARNP-CNS, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN, CCNS, CCM, ACNS-BC 

Breakout Option 3: Hot Topics

  • 9 a.m.
    TCAR: What's the experience so far?
    Akshal Patel, M.D. and Gregory Hayes, M.D.
  • 10 a.m.
    Large Core: The debate rages on
    David S. Liebeskind, M.D. and Nerses Sanossian, M.D.
  • 11 a.m.
    Extreme Elderly
    David L. Tirschwell, M.D. and Akshal Patel, M.D.

12 p.m.

Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability in adults with a worldwide prevalence of over 100 million people. Although much progress on stroke has been made, stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide. With the rapid advancements in technology and treatment modalities, stroke team members need to quickly adapt their practices and understand each other’s specialized knowledge and interventions on behalf of the patient to provide optimal care. Diagnosis, treatment and management of cerebrovascular disease and stroke are complex and require ongoing education for neurologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists and other stroke team members who see patients with these conditions.

This CME activity is designed to enhance learner’s knowledge of these advances by presenting topics that address the importance of cardiovascular management in the prevention of stroke, the need for work-up of patients suffering from various types of stroke and identification of which patients to treat and when. This course will combine didactic lectures, case discussions, hands-on equipment labs, expert debates and the latest information on the diagnosis and management of challenging cerebrovascular disease and stroke patients. Panel discussions, Q&A and breakout sessions will allow time for attendees to interact with faculty members and hear different management approaches across the healthcare system.

Accreditation with commendation
Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA category 1 credits™
Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
For nurses
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are accepted for Washington State RN Continuing Education requirements as well as for application and renewal of specialty and advance practice certification through both ANCC and AANP (1 CNE hour is equivalent to 1 CME hour).
Other health professionals
Many credentialing bodies, societies and boards (such as for Nurses, PAs, PTs, Social Workers) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as an equivalent credit hour as long as the topic is relevant to the applicant’s field or discipline. If you have any doubts whether an activity will qualify for CE, please check our planned agenda and contact your board prior to registering for the course.
Registered nurses
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME for the purpose of recertification.
Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certified Program (AANPCP) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
American academy of physician assistant
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 12.75 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this course.

Patricia (Pat) Blissitt, Ph.D., ARNP-CNS, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN, CCNS, CCM, ACNS-BC
Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist
Swedish Medical Center-Cherry Hill
Seattle, WA

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Critical Care Nurse
Neuro-critical Care
Seattle, WA

Sameer Gafoor, M.D.
Medical Director, Structural Heart and Valve Disease
Heart & Vascular Institute
Providence Swedish
Seattle, WA

P. Gregory Hayes, M.D.
Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon
Providence Swedish
Seattle, WA

Kory S. Herrick, M.D.
Attending Physician, Neurocritical Care
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Swedish Health Services
Providence Swedish
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Samuel Hou, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of PNI Stroke and Neurovascular Center
Interventional Neuroradiology for San Fernando Valley
Pacific Neuroscience Institute
Santa Monica, CA

David S. Liebeskind, M.D.
Director of the UCLA Stroke Center
Professor of Neurology
UCLA Department of Neurology
Director, UCLA Stroke Center
Director, Neurovascular Imaging Research Core
Los Angeles, CA

Yince Loh, M.D., FNCS
Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center | Swedish Health System, Stroke
Neurointerventional Surgery and Neurocritical Care | Cerebrovascular Center
Neuroscience Institute
Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology | Colonel, US Army (Ret)
Providence Swedish
Seattle, WA

Brendan McCullough, M.D., Ph.D.
Providence Swedish
Seattle, WA

Cameron G. McDougall, M.D.
Executive Medical Director
Neuroscience Institute
Providence Swedish
Seattle, WA

Stephen J. Monteith, M.D.
Chief, Neurosurgery and Cerebrovascular
Swedish Cherry Hill
Providence Swedish
Seattle, WA

Akshal Patel, M.D.
Cherry Hill Campus
Providence Swedish
Seattle, WA

Vitor Mendes Pereira, M.D. MSc
Director of Endovascular Research and Innovation
Schroeder Chair in Advanced Neurovascular Interventions
Lead Scientist/ RADIS lab/ Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
Division of Neurosurgery - Department of Surgery
St Michael’s Hospital - Unity Health Toronto
Professor of Surgery and Medical Imaging
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nerses Sanossian, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinical Scholar)
Director, Roxanna Todd Hodges Stroke Program
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Tarvinder Singh, M.D., MS
Vascular (Stroke) Neurologist
Medical Director of Neurosciences and Neurology
Providence Swedish
Seattle, WA

David L. Tirschwell, M.D., MSc
Medical Director, Comprehensive Stroke Care
Professor of Neurology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Arthur Wang, MD, FAANS
Director, Division of Endovascular Neurosurgery/Interventional Neurology
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA

Swedish CME maintains full control of the content of every course we provide. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias. It is our policy to identify and mitigate all relevant faculty and planner financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Planning committee
  • Yince Loh, MD, FNCS, Course Chair
  • Kory S. Herrick, M.D.
  • Cameron McDougall, M.D.
  • Aaron Stayman, M.D.
  • Danielle Posadas, PMP, CME Specialist Sr.
  • Michelle Eng, CME Manager
Advance registration

M.D./D.O. $440*
Allied Health Professionals $220*
Fellows/Residents/Medical Students $50

*Starting May 1, add $30 to Advance Registration pricing. Early registration before March 17 is $15 less for starred registration types.

Registration information

Participants who register by May 1 will receive an email reminder. Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment.


To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than Friday, May 5.

Special accommodations

If you require specific accommodations, please contact Swedish CME at cme@swedish.org or 206-386-2755.

Registration fees

Swedish CME is a self-sustaining unit and does not depend on or receive public monies in support of its educational efforts. The fees for this course include all instruction materials, lab access, online syllabus access, online recording access and a digital certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

COVID-19 precautions

The safety of our attendees, faculty, and staff are of highest priority. Precautions will be put in place to ensure safe participation in this program and we will be following all hospital, local, and state COVID-19 guidelines for any indoor meetings. At this time in-person registration is available for this program, especially for planned lab sessions. Based on the current situation 3 week from the symposium date it is possible this program format options may change. Registrants will be notified of any changes or attendance requirements prior to the program date with the opportunity to update their registration to the options available at that time. Please use caution if booking travel accommodations as we cannot be held responsible for any charges incurred for planned participation in this symposium.


This symposium is financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence. A complete listing of commercial supporters is not available at this time. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium.