Rafael Llinas, M.D., FAHA, FANA
Rafael Llinas, M.D., is director of the Johns Hopkins Intracerebral Hemorrhage Center and an associate professor of neurology. He also serves as director of clinical services for neurology and co-director of the neurology residency program at Johns Hopkins Bayview. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult and Vascular Neurology, his clinical interests include acute stroke treatments, neurovascular imaging and treatment of migraine headaches as they relate to cerebrovascular disease.
Dr. Llinas was instrumental in establishing the Stroke Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. In 2005, the institution was granted certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and has received many more honors and accolades during the following years for outstanding treatment and patient outcomes.
Dr. Llinas received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed a medical internship at the Boston City Hospital, where he was a neurology resident in the Harvard-Longwood neurology training program. Following his residency, he was a stroke and cerebrovascular disease fellow for two years at Harvard University’s Beth Israel Hospital.
Dr. Llinas’s primary areas of research interest include diffusion-perfusion imaging of stroke, amd intravenous and intra-arterial thrombolysis for stroke. He also is interested in the development of educational programs for physicians and nurses in stroke identification and stroke care, and the creation of stroke units and stroke centers. He also edited a book on stroke treatment published by the American College of Physicians.
J. Ricardo Carhuapoma, M.D., FAHA
J. Ricardo Carhuapoma, M.D., FAHA, is an assistant professor of neurology, neurosurgery and anesthesiology/critical care medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also directs the neurosciences critical care fellowship program.
Dr. Carhuapoma earned his medical degree at Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University, Alberto Hurtado School of Medicine in Lima, Peru. He completed a transitional residency and a residency in neurology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, before coming to The Johns Hopkins Hospital to complete at fellowship in neurosciences critical care. After his training, Dr. Carhuapoma practiced neurocritical care at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and at Detroit Receiving Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Carhuapoma's current research interests include the the role of pharmacologic neuroprotection of perihematoma tissue following intracerebral hemorrhage, and the different hemodynamic and metabolic aspects of neuronal blood flow and metabolism under physiologic conditions and after acute brain injury, as well as their significance in neurologic outcome. He also is interested in the use of advanced MRI techniques in the study and understanding of ongoing neuronal damage after brain injury to design and assess therapies used in neurologic critical care.
Dheeraj Gandhi, M.D.
Dheeraj Gandhi, M.D., is an assistant professor of radiology, neurological surgery and neurology in the Johns Hopkins Department of Radiology. His areas of interest include the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric neurovascular diseases; interventional neuroradiology of the head and neck; perfusion imaging of the brain, head and neck; hybrid DSA-CT imaging; and simulation lab training for neurovascular procedures.
Dr Gandhi has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in major scientific journals and presented numerous scientific abstracts and exhibits at international meetings. Before joining Johns Hopkins, he was the director of interventional neuroradiology at the University of Michigan. He is a recipient of the prestigious Berlex/ASNR basic science research grant, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude awards from American Society of neuroradiology, and several teaching awards.
Rebecca Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D.
Rebecca Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D., is an assistant professor of neurology, with particular interest in cerebrovascular neurology and clinical research in stroke. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neuology, her primary research interests include the development of stroke after cardiac surgery, as well as improving functional outcome scales after stroke. She hopes to improve treatment of stroke by investigating its causes and outcomes.
Dr. Gottesman received her medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. She completed her internship in internal medicine at The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and her neurology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She received her Ph.D. in the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation (GTPCI) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Judy Huang, M.D.
Judy Huang, M.D., serves as vice chair and chief of cerebrovascular neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Also an associate professor of neurosurgery, she specializes in the treatment of cerebrovascular disorders, including cerebral aneurysms, carotid artery stenosis, and arteriovenous malformations. She also focuses on the specialized treatment of spinal disorders, and primary and metastatic brain tumors. In addition, she leads the Gamma Knife treatment program for vascular cerebral lesions.
Dr. Huang received her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, where she also completed residency training in neurological surgery and pursued specialized training as a neurovascular research fellow. She is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and also is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Huang's research focuses on the inflammatory mechanisms of stroke. She performs clinical research in intracerebral hemorrhage and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, and also is investigating gender differences in stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases. Dr. Huang has published extensively on experimental studies of stroke and carotid endarterectomy. She also is co-author of a widely used handbook of operative neurosurgery.
Dr. Huang has received numerous awards, including the Young Clinician Investigator Award from the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the School of Medicine Clinician Scientist Award. In addition, she has received several teaching awards and serves as co-director of the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program, as well as director of medical student education.
Elisabeth B. Marsh, M.D.
Elisabeth B. Marsh, M.D., an assistant professor of neurology, is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult and vascular neurology. Her clinical interests include acute stroke treatments, stroke in young adults and intracerebral hemorrhage.
Dr. Marsh earned a medical degree at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and a neurology residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following her residency, she remained at Johns Hopkins for a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease and stroke.
With a primary research interest in cerebrovascular neurology, Dr. Marsh focuses much of her clinical research on intracerebral hemorrhage. As a chief resident and cerebrovascular fellow, Dr. Marsh received an R25 Research Training Grant through the NIH/NINDS to study predictors of intracranial hemorrhage in patients with acute ischemic stroke and an indication for anticoagulation. She has created a multivariable hemorrhage risk model that identifies patients at high risk for hemorrhage, and is investigating modifiable risk factors that may improve clinical outcomes. She is currently expanding her research to determine if the same factors are important predictors of intracranial hemorrhage in the general population as part of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study.
Dr. Marsh was awarded the Johns Hopkins Clinician Scientist Award in 2012 to continue her research endeavors.
Richard O’Brien, M.D., Ph.D.
Richard O’Brien, M.D., Ph.D., is chair of the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and an associate professor of neurology. He specializes in the treatment of patients with a variety of neurologic conditions, including dementia, stroke, neuropathy and gait disorders.
Dr. O’Brien received his medical degree and Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School, then completed an internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also completed a residency in neurology and fellowship in neuromuscular disease at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. O’Brien has won many teaching awards and holds several NIH research grants. He has spent his life studying how the brain adapts to change and how neurodegenerative diseases alter this process. He is also interested in the interaction between vascular disease and Alzheimer's disease.
Alessandro Olivi, M.D.
Alessandro Olivi, M.D., serves as director of neurosurgical oncology and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He also is a professor of neurosurgery and oncology. Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Dr. Olivi’s clinical interests focus on the surgical treatment of primary and metastatic tumors of the brain and spinal cord. He performs microsurgery on skull-based tumors, such as acoustic neuromas, meningiomas and vascular lesions. Additional clinical interests include cerebrovascular conditions and craniofacial reconstructions.
Dr. Olivi received his medical degree from the University of Padova Medical School in Italy, where he went on to complete a fellowship in neurosurgery. He completed internship training in general surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, a residency in neurosurgery at Mayfield Neurological Institute at the University of Cincinnati, and fellowship training in neurological surgery and neuro-oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Olivi is actively involved in designing and running clinical experimental protocols to develop and assess new treatments for patients with brain tumors. He also leads multidisciplinary initiatives to coordinate the most suitable management of patients with newly diagnosed or recurrent brain tumors. In addition, Dr. Olivi is also involved in several research activities in the areas of immunotherapy for brain tumors, cancer stem cells and new drug delivery systems.
Richard Zorowitz, M.D.
Richard Zorowitz, M.D, is chief of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and also an associate professor of physical medicine and rebilitation. He came to Johns Hopkins in 2006 after serving as Medical Director of the Piersol Rehabilitation Unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, from which he also holds a spinal cord injury subspecialty certification.
Dr. Zorowitz received his M.D. from Tulane University. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY, and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Northwestern University in Illinois.
Dr. Zorowitz has research interests in stroke rehabilitation outcomes, dysphagia, spasticity and the hemiplegic shoulder. He has participated in a number of industry-sponsored clinical trials, as well as the Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Outcomes Project, sponsored by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
Dr. Zorowitz is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Association of Academic Physiatrists. He serves as chairman of the Rehabilitation and Recovery Advisory Board and Professional Advisory Committee of the National Stroke Association, for which he also is co-chairman of the Standing Scientific Committee on Stroke Rehabilitation. Dr. Zorowitz has participated on consensus panels of the Joint Commission Primary Stroke Centers and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities Stroke Subspecialty Program. He currently serves on consensus panels of the ASA Comprehensive Stroke Centers and American Medical Association Work Group for Performance Standards in Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation.
Donna Delp serves as medical office supervisor in the Johns Hopkins Bayview Department of Neruology. She brings 10 years of administrative experience to this role, which she has held for the past two years. Her primary responsibility is to oversee departmental operations.
Marie Sonderman is the administrative secretary for the Department of Neurology. She has more than 20 years of experience in the health care environment, and has worked with the Stroke Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview for nearly four years. In this role, she performs a variety of administrative duties, including scheduling patient appointments for the Johns Hopkins Intracerebral Hemorrhage Center.