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Stroke Program

Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Care

Highly coordinated expertise at every level of care — prevention, diagnosis and treatment — makes our Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center unique in South Carolina and distinguishes us in the Southeast. 

With one of the nation's largest teams of top stroke and cerebrovascular specialists supported by a full range of leading-edge technology and facilities, our patients receive care available only at the most elite neuroscience medical centers in the country.

The comprehensive stroke care center at MUSC Health has assembled a remarkable team that works together to diagnose each patient's problem, plan and deliver the best treatment available to maximize the outcome for each patient.

Our team includes a multidisciplinary group of physicians, nurses and technologists led by world renown physicians in neuroradiology, neurosurgery, neurology and emergency medicine who specialize in vascular disorders of the brain and spine.

The MUSC Health Comprehensive Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center is one of the leading stroke certified hospitals and has received many awards and recognitions including:

JCAHO Gold Seal

Advanced Certification as a
Primary Stroke Center from
the Joint Commission.

Stroke Get With the Guidelines logo

Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the 
American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®


The Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center team sees patients in downtown Charleston,  Mount Pleasant, and Murrell's Inlet, SC.

Downtown Charleston, SC

MUSC Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425

Mount Pleasant, SC

MUSC Health East Cooper
1600 Midtown Avenue, 2nd floor
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Murrell's Inlet, SC

MUSC Health Neurosurgery
Wachesaw Medical Center
4367 Riverwood Drive
Murrell's Inlet, SC 29576

Our Team

It takes a wide array of medical and surgical specialists to solve the complex issues associated with stroke and other cerebrovascular problems. In addition to providing the highest level of stroke care for our patients, our team is also committed to training the next generation of leaders in stroke and advancing the prevention and care of stroke patients through cutting edge research. You can learn more about our education and research activities at the Stroke Research and Education Center website.

The following specialists work together to ensure each patient receives optimal care and outcomes.

Christine A. Holmstedt, D.O.
Raymond D. Turner, M.D.

Stroke neurology:
Robert J. Adams, M.D., MS
Marc I. Chimowitz, MBCh
Wuwei (Wayne) Feng, M.D., MS
Christine A. Holmstedt, D.O.
Bruce Ovbiagele, M.D., MSc, MAS - Chair of Neurology
Shelly Ozark, M.D.
Tanya N. Turan, M.D.  
Tina Dvoren-Baker, NP
Sarah Creed, NP

Cerebrovascular neurosurgery:
Sunil J. Patel, M.D. 
Christa Lizzi, RN

Cerebrovascular and minimally invasive cerebrovascular neurosurgery:
W. Alex Vandergrift, M.D.  
Alejandro M. Spiotta, M.D.  
Raymond D. Turner, M.D. 
Sunil J. Patel, M.D.  
Megan Fulton, PA-C  
Sarah Denham, ANP-BC, FNA  
Abbie Ensor, RN  
Christa Lizzi, RN

Neuro-interventional diagnostics and surgery:
M. Imran Chaudry, M.D.
Alejandro M. Spiotta, M.D.
Aquilla S. Turk III, D.O.
Raymond D. Turner, M.D.  
Megan Fulton, PA-C  
Sarah Denham, ANP-BC, FNA  
Bob Relic, PA-C 
Erin Lewis, RN - Nurse Coordinator

Neuro-intensive care:
Julio A. Chalela, M.D.  
Charles M. Andrews, M.D.  
Meenakshi Munshi, M.D.  
Melissa Hill, NP  
Stephanie James, NP

Emergency medicine:
Edward C. Jauch, M.D.  
Meenakshi Munshi, M.D.  
Charles M. Andrews, M.D.

Stroke administration:
Steve Rublee, MHA
Administrator, Mental Health and Neurosciences Service Lines

Pat Aysse, RN, MSN
Stroke Program Manager

Stroke Videos

The MUSC Health Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center Team are pleased to share the following videos, patient stories, physician profiles and animations.

Stroke-certified Hospital Services

Designated as a Level III Comprehensive Stroke Center, our services include telemedicine outreach, on-site emergency care, surgical and minimally invasive intervention, stroke-specific hospital units and trained staff. Learn more about the specialized services at our stroke treatment center: 

Following are some of the conditions we treat: