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Missouri Stroke Program

goldseal_transparentMU's Comprehensive Stroke program is a new multi-disciplinary approach for treating any types of strokes or stroke related illnesses. "TIME LOSS IS BRAIN LOSS" for any stroke victim. Our comprehensive program allows us to provide timely and efficient care and strives for the best outcome for the patient. In addition to having several key clinical programs on site, 24/7, with the most current, state of the art protocols and equipment for treatment, we offer many ancillary clinical and non-clinical services to patients and their families during the hospital stay under one facility.

University of Missouri Health System has assembled a multidisciplinary stroke team in order to provide comprehensive stroke care to our patients from acute stroke presentation to rehabilitation.

MU's stroke program was rated "Gold Plus With Honor Roll" by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for 2016.

MU Health Care has been designated a Level I stroke center, the highest state recognition a hospital can receive.

Multidisciplinary stroke team includes:

  • Vascular Neurologists
  • Emergency Med Physicians
  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neuro-Interventionalists
  • Neuro-Radiologists
  • Pathology-Laboratory
  • Intensive Care Team
  • Acute Response TIGER Team
  • Stroke Unit Nursing Team
  • Pharmacy
  • EMS
  • Rehabilitation Including Physical and Occupational Therapy

Our Mission

In keeping with the mission, vision, and values of the institution, the goals of our stroke program are to:

  • Provide compassionate, timely, comprehensive, patient centered care to stroke patient.
  • Provide patient, family, community and professional education.
  • Provide and participate in Stroke research.
  • Achieve comprehensive stroke center designation from the state of Missouri and The Joint Commission.
  • Establish Regional Stroke network in central Missouri.

Core Team Members

Brandi French

Brandi French, MD

Director, Missouri Stroke Program

Clinical Profile

Nicholas Tarlov

Nicholas Tarlov, MD


William Humpries, III

William Humphries III, MD

Vascular Neurosurgery

Clinical Profile

Tami Harris

Tami Harris, RN, CNRN

Stroke Program Coordinator

Debbie Self

Stroke Program Support Staff

Other members include departments of:

  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery/ Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neuroradiology/ Radiology
  • Intensive Care/ Medicine & TIGER team
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Laboratory/ Pathology
  • Pharmacy & Stroke unit nurses

Patient Education

What is stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). Without the oxygen carried by the blood, brain cells begin to die immediately. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability. More than 750,000 people experience a stroke each year.

What is TIA?

Prior to a major stroke, people sometimes experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) in which a clot obstructs an artery for a short time and creates stroke-like symptoms. Since these "temporary" or "mini-strokes" last only minutes or hours, people often ignore them. Prompt medical treatment after a TIA can often prevent a fatal or disabling stroke.

What are the risk factors?

Men have a slightly higher risk of stroke, but women have a greater chance of dying from one. African Americans have the greatest risk, as their chances are double those of whites. Also, mini-strokes, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and smoking greatly increase your risk.

What are the signs of stroke?
  1. Sudden onset trouble walking
  2. Sudden onset difficulty in speaking
  3. Sudden onset weakness, numbness or tingling on one side of the face or body
  4. Sudden onset blurry vision in one or both eyes
  5. Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If you notice even one of these symptoms, even if it goes away, do not wait. Call 911 immediately.


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