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Dr. Furlan Recognized by Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio will present its John H. Budd, MD, Distinguised Membership Award for 2012 to UH Neurological Institute Co-Director Anthony J. Furlan, MD, April 27 at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland.

The award is given to a member of the AMCNO who has brought special dinstinction and honor to the medical profession and to the community as a result of their outstanding accomplishments in biomedical research, clinical practice or professional leadership. Dr. Furlan is being honored in recognition of his contributions in advancing treatment of stroke patients as well as his dedication to the medical community of Cleveland.

Dr. Furlan is currently the Gilbert W Humphrey Professor and Chairman Department of Neurology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Furlan graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1973. Following a medical internship and Neurology residency at the Cleveland Clinic, he completed a Cerebrovascular Research Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in 1978. He became a member of the professional staff of the Department of Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic in 1978 and assumed the Chairmanship of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University in January, 2008.  He is board certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology.

Dr Furlan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Stroke Association. He was editor of Current Concepts of Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke from 1988 through 1991 and is on the editorial board of Stroke. He has served on  the  Stroke Council of the American Heart Association and the Executive Advisory Committee of the American Stroke Association. Dr. Furlan was a member of the AHA Emergency Stroke Care Task Force which rewrote the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) stroke module and he served as the AHA Stroke Council liason to the Emergency Cardiac Care Committee.

Dr. Furlan co-authored the AHA Guidelines for the Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke and the AHA supplement for Thrombolytic Therapy in Acute Stroke. Dr. Furlan chaired the NIH/NINDS Hospital Care of Acute Stroke Task Force at the December, 1996, National Symposium on the Rapid Identification and Treatment of Acute Stroke and was instrumental in establishing treatment time targets for IV tPA. He also served as co-chairman of the National Stroke Association Stroke Center Network and as chairman of the AHA Northeast Ohio Affiliate Operation Stroke.

Dr. Furlan has helped organize and lead seven multicenter randomized clinical trials of thrombolysis in acute stroke since 1988. He was the Principal Investigator for PROACT II (Prolyse in Acute Cerebral Thromboembolism Trial II) which established the proof of principle of intra-arterial thrombolysis beyond 3 hours. He was the North American Principal Investigator for the  DIAS/DEDAS trials (Desmoteplase in Acute Ischemic Stroke) and currently is the Principal Investigator for the 90 center CLOSURE I trial (Patent Foramen Ovale in Stroke).

Dr. Furlan served as Chair of the Brain Attack Coalition Task Force on Stroke Center Identification and is a member of the AHA/ASA Comprehensive Stroke Center Advisory Group. He is a vice-chairman of the American Academy of Neurology Stroke Systems Work Group and immediate past Chairman of the Neurovascular Coalition.

Dr. Furlan co-chaired the American Academy of Neurology Interventional Neurology task force which wrote the ACGME neuroendovascular curriculum. Dr Furlan also helped write the ACGME Vascular Neurology curriculum for the AAN. He has trained 21 stroke fellows since 1982. He created the ACGME approved Vascular Neurology Program at Cleveland Clinic. Under his leadership as Program Director, the ACGME re-certified the program for 5 years in 2007.  

Dr. Furlan is the recipient of the American Heart Association 2000 William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke; the 2004 JCAHO Codman award for improving patient outcomes through systems approaches to stroke care; the 2005 Anthem Impact Business Award; and the 2006 American Heart Association Pacesetter Award for excellence in stroke treatment and research. At Case Western Reserve University he recently created the Neurological Outcomes Center and established the Willard Brown Chair in Neurological Outcomes Research.

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