Alexandra Czap, MD

Project Title: “Optimizing Management and Outcomes of Large Vessel Occlusion Ischemic Stroke Utilizing Mobile Stroke Units (LVO-MSU)”

Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of serious long-term disability in the US. Minimizing treatment times to maximize functional outcomes is a major research and public health priority. Mobile stroke units (MSUs) have shown major promise in accelerating stroke treatment during the first hours after stroke by bringing the stroke center to the patient and enabling expert evaluation before the patient even reaches the hospital.  

Dr. Czap’s research will evaluate outcomes for patients with more severe types of AIS who are treated by MSUs in order to develop a treatment protocol for patients that reduces time from identification of a stroke to treatment.

Dr. Czap is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

This research is funded by the American Heart Association and American Brain Foundation, in collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology.