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Hussein, Haitham M., MD, MSc
Former Medical Director, Regions Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center

Joined the Institute: 2014

Education and training: Medical school, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt; master’s degree in neuropsychiatry, Ain Shams University; neurology/psychiatry residency, Ain Shams University; neurology residency, University of Minnesota; vascular neurology fellowship, University of Minnesota.

Overview/research interests: Clinical research in the diagnosis, early treatment, and secondary prevention of cerebrovascular diseases including ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attach, intracerebral hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage, with a special focus on quality improvement, disparity of care and minorities.

Current research activities and funding:

  • STROKE AF (Medtronic)
  • StrokeNet (NIH)
  • MOST (NIH)
  • CCR FAST (Regions Hospital)
  • Cross-cultural adaptation of stroke education material to Hmong (Regions Hospital)



Publications While At HealthPartners
selected publications
Journal Article
  • Describing racial disparity in hypertension control in a large Minnesota outpatient practice
    Health services research and managerial epidemiology. 2023
  • Potentially preventable readmissions after acute inpatient rehabilitation
    American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2023
  • Stroke characteristics in a cohort of Hmong American patients
    Journal of the American Heart Association. 2023
  • Patterns and predictors of extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation related cerebral microbleeds
    Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2022
  • Rate and predictors of acute care encounters in the first month after stroke
    Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2022
  • Readmission to an acute care hospital during inpatient rehabilitation after stroke
    American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2022
  • A 56-year-old woman with recurrent strokes: a clear case with a therapeutic dilemma
    Case Reports in Neurology. 2021
  • Barriers to achieving target door-to-needle time in patients treated with IV thrombolysis
    Healthc Res J. 2021
  • Coronavirus disease 2019 and stroke
    Air Medical Journal. 2021
  • Transient global amnesia as a possible first manifestation of COVID-19
    The Neurohospitalist. 2021
  • A successful quality improvement project for detection and management of acute stroke in hospitalized patients
    Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 2020
  • Hmong cross-cultural adaptation of stroke educational material
    WMJ. 2020
  • Rates and predictors of futile recanalization in patients undergoing endovascular treatment in a multicenter clinical trial
    Neuroradiology. 2018
  • Statewide trends in utilization and outcomes of endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke: analysis of Minnesota Hospital Association data (2014 and 2015)
    Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2018
  • Support of new triage protocol among acute stroke care providers
  • Nivolumab-induced posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome
    Neurology. Clinical practice. 2017
  • Practice patterns after acute embolic retinal artery occlusion
  • Searching for the smoker's paradox in acute stroke patients treated with intravenous thrombolysis
    Nicotine & tobacco research. 2017
  • Arabic cross cultural adaptation and validation of the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale
    Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 2015
  • Recent US case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease-global implications
    Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2015
  • Stroke: part 2
    Air Medical Journal. 2015
  • Endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke patients: implications and interpretation of IMS III, MR RESCUE, and SYNTHESIS EXPANSION trials: a report from the Working Group of International Congress of Interventional Neurology
    Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology. 2014
  • Increased brain volume among good grade patients with intracerebral hemorrhage. Results from the Antihypertensive Treatment of Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage (ATACH) study
    Neurocritical Care. 2014
  • Intracranial vascular calcification is protective from vasospasm after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage
    Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2014
  • Comparison of acute nonthrombolytic and thrombolytic treatments in ischemic stroke patients 80 years or older
    American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2012
  • Review
  • Stroke: part 1 [review]
    Air Medical Journal. 2015
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