Stroke Breakfast & Awards Ceremony marks World Stroke Day 2018

New York City, October 17, 2018 — The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, will host its annual Stroke Breakfast & Awards ceremony on World Stroke Day, Monday, October 29th at the New York Academy of Sciences.  Clot-busting drugs and medical devices have made stroke largely treatable, but every second counts. The faster a person is treated, the more likely they are to recover without permanent disability. The ceremony will honor physicians who have revolutionized life-saving treatments, and honor community members whose incredible stories showcase how acting quickly in a stroke or cardiac emergency can make all the difference.

Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD, Chairman and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is the event chair. Mara Schiavocampo, 4-Time Emmy Award Winning journalist, will serve as a special guest panel moderator.

The Honorees:

  • Stroke Hero Award: A.C. Lichtenstein, Stroke Survivor
  • Heart Hero Award: Kevin Bartsch, MTA Subway Conductor, Lifesaver
  • Stroke Pioneer Award: Y. Pierre Gobin, MD, Professor of Radiology in Neurological Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College; Director Interventional Neuroradiology, New York-Presbyterian
  • Heart Pioneer Award: Holly Andersen, MD, FACC, Director of Education & Outreach, The Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute; Attending Cardiologist, New York-Presbyterian

“We have made significant strides in stroke treatment,” says Dr. Philip E. Stieg, “but it’s critical to begin intervention at the earliest possible moment in order to put those new treatments to work. The stories we’ll share at this event demonstrate how the combination of new technology, skilled physicians, and fast reactions can change what would once have been a dire outcome into a return to health.”

“When a stroke or cardiac arrest strikes it’s important for the individual to receive immediate treatment. By reacting to an emergency in the right way anyone has the potential to save someone’s life,” says Kathy Kauffmann, Senior Vice President, American Heart Association, New York City and Long Island. “On World Stroke Day, we are proud to recognize these individuals for their heroism, courage and relentless determination to save lives.”

Every year, more than 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke, and every year, 425,000 people have cardiac arrest. In both emergency situations, time is critical. Anyone can learn the signs of stroke and the steps to save a life in case of an emergency.

The Stroke Breakfast and Awards Ceremony is sponsored by Weill Cornell Medicine Brain & Spine Center.

RSVP to Chelsea.Beecher@heart.org • 212-878-5918

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