13th Annual Cerebrovascular Symposium

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

Thursday & Friday, May 16-17, 2019
Cherry Hill Auditorium
Swedish Cherry Hill
500 17th Avenue
Seattle, WA

Swedish Neuroscience Institute's 13th 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 and the latest information on topics including systems of care, ISC 2019 updates, thrombectomy, acute cervical carotid occlusion, acute ischemic stroke, vasospasm, TCD, vertebral dissection, RCVS, CVST, dysphagia, cryptogenic stroke, carotid disease and post-op 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. Panel discussions and Q&A sessions will allow time for interaction with the faculty members to address audience questions and barriers to optimal patient care.

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

Online Registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome on the day-of the conference.



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. 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.

To describe the many recent changes in the treatment of stroke, the conference begins with highlights of the 2019 International Stroke Conference. Also featured is the first annual Likosky Endowed Lectureship. 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 patient’s to treat and when. This course will combine didactic lectures, case discussions, expert debates and the latest information on the diagnosis and management of challenging cerebrovascular disease and stroke patients. Panel discussions and Q&A sessions will allow time for attendees to interact with faculty members and hear different management approaches across the system.



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 in the field (EMS) and based on patient capacity
  • Apply newly acquired knowledge through discussion of a variety of challenging stroke cases 
  • Identify recent advances in basic models of stroke and their translation to clinical research


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 10.00 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).


Kailey L. Cox, BSN, RN, SCRN
Nurse Coordinator, Comprehensive Stroke Program
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, OR

Aaron S. Dumont, M.D., MBA, FACS, FAHA, FAANS
Director, Tulane Center for Clinical Neurosciences 
Charles B. Wilson Professor
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA

Sameer A. Gafoor, M.D.
Medical Director, Structural Heart and Valve Program
Swedish Cherry Hill
Seattle, WA

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

Kory S. Herrick, M.D.
Neurointensivist and Neurohospitalist
Swedish Cherry Hill
Seattle, WA

Emily L. Ho, M.D., PhD
Associate Medical Director, Stroke Program
Swedish Cherry Hill
Seattle, WA

Joseph T. Ho, M.D., PhD
Director, Neurointerventional Surgery
Co-Director, Stroke Program
Providence St. Peter Hospital
Olympia, WA

Amit C. Kansara, M.D., FAHA
Associate Medical Director, Neurology
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, OR

Bonnie M. Keung, M.D.
Swedish Cherry Hill
Seattle, WA

Robert A. Lada, M.D.
Neurologist, Sleep Medicine
Providence Alaska Medical Center
Anchorage, AK

Ted J. Lowenkopf, M.D.
Medical Director, Providence Stroke Center
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, OR

Stephen J. Monteith, M.D.
Cerebrovascular Neurosurgeon
Swedish Cherry Hill
Seattle, WA

Jane S. Ng, M.D.
The Oregon Clinic
Portland, OR

Akshal S. Patel, M.D.
Endovascular Neurosurgeon
Swedish Cherry Hill
Seattle, WA

Sheila D. Smith, M.D.
Medical Director, Stroke Program
Swedish Cherry Hill
Seattle, WA

Ruth M. Thomson, D.O.
Swedish Cherry Hill
Seattle, WA

Swedish Vascular Sonographers:
Meryl Harley, RVT
Peter Phan, RVT
Ahmad Siyar, RVT

Swedish CME maintains full control of the content of every course we provide. It is our policy to identify and resolve all speaker and planner conflicts of interest. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias. 

Planning Committee

Sheila Smith, MD, Course Chair
Kailey Cox, RN
Emily Ho, MD, PhD
Joseph Ho, MD, PhD
Amit Kansara, MD
Diane Lada, MSN
Yince Loh, MD
Heather Martin, MSN
Stephen Monteith, MD
Michelle Provencher, RN
John Zurasky, MD
Bobby Buglione, CME Specialist II
Caye Boosalis, CME Manager


  Advance Registration
M.D./D.O.  $350*
Allied Health Professionals      $175*
Fellows/Residents/Medical Students                 Email Swedish CME to register

*Starting May 6th, add $30 to Advance Registration pricing.

Registration Information
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Participants who register by Monday, May 6, 2019 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 10, 2019

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

Swedish Cherry Hill is located at 500 17th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. Parking is available for a fee in the garage on 16th Ave.

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 catering, all instruction materials, wi-fi access, online syllabus access and a digital certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

This symposium is financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support. 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.