Overview

About the Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology

The Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology provides the highest level of evidence-based care, offering state-of-the-art treatment for patients with cerebrovascular disorders of all levels of complexity. Fellowship-trained vascular neurologists provide acute stroke care, routinely assessing patients for intravenous thrombolysis and/or endovascular interventions. 

Our faculty members collaborate with physicians from the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery and Surgery to provide the most comprehensive, evidence-based stroke care available.  

VCU Stroke Center

Virginia’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center

The VCU Stroke Center, Virginia‚Äôs first Comprehensive Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, serves as a major tertiary referral center for patients in the commonwealth. Stroke specialists are available for consultations 24/7, and remote patients have access to TeleStroke, an online consultation service. The center has received the highest levels of recognition from the AHA/ASA every year since 2011.  

Learn more about the VCU Stroke Center

VCU Health Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp

Learn more about supporting this year's stroke camp

In partnership with the United Stroke Alliance and Sheltering Arms Institute, VCU Health’s Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp offers unique weekend retreats for stroke survivors and their caregivers, providing respite and support in facing the challenges of life following stroke. This annual camp experience is offered each Fall during the past five years, can enroll up to 40 participants, and relies on community support to supplement that from clinical operations.

The Camp Experience for Survivors and Caregivers Includes:

  • Peer-to-peer mentorship and support network 
    building
  • Educational breakout sessions for both survivors and 
    caregivers
  • Exercise rehabilitation to improve survivor motor skills
  • Speech and music therapy sessions
  • Training for caregivers in handling isolation and self-care
  • Group activities that inspire creativity
  • Other components of the camp curriculum provided 
    by the United Stroke Alliance

For questions about the stroke camp or to attend, please contact Stacie Stevens at stacie.stevens@vcuhealth.org. 

Research

The Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology research

The Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology engages in cutting-edge industry- and National Institutes of Health-funded research addressing acute treatment, prevention and recovery of cerebrovascular diseases. 

As a member of the Stroke National Capital Area Network for Research (SCANR) Regional Coordinating Center in the NIH funded StrokeNet consortium, the division is part of a nationwide network of physicians, researchers and clinical trial coordinators on the forefront of stroke-related research.  

Education

Our faculty are involved in teaching and guiding medical students and residents.

In addition to providing top-of-the-line patient care, our faculty are involved in teaching and guiding medical students and residents. Learners gain knowledge and develop skills in prevention, treatment and recovery for patients with all types of cerebrovascular disease.

Certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, our one-year vascular neurology fellowship provides comprehensive training in the inpatient and outpatient management of cerebrovascular disorders. Areas of training include neuroimaging, neurocritical care, acute stroke evaluation, assessment for stroke intervention and outpatient stroke prevention. Fellows also have ample opportunity to participate in research and ongoing clinical trials.  

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Faculty & Staff

Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology faculty and staff

Kerstin Bettermann, M.D.

Kerstin Bettermann, M.D.

Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology Chief

Kerstin Bettermann, M.D.

Kerstin Bettermann, M.D.

Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology Chief

Department of Neurology

Phone: (804) 828-7929

Email: Kerstin.Bettermann@vcuhealth.org

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Maha Alattar, M.D.

Maha Alattar, M.D.

Associate Professor and Medical Director, Sleep Center

Maha Alattar, M.D.

Maha Alattar, M.D.

Associate Professor and Medical Director, Sleep Center

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology, Sleep Medicine, Vascular and Critical Care Neurology

Phone: (804) 828-7929

Email: Maha.Alattar@vcuhealth.org

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Karissa C. Arthur, M.D.

Karissa C. Arthur, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Karissa C. Arthur, M.D.

Karissa C. Arthur, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Vascular and Critical Care Neurology

Email: Karissa.Arthur@vcuhealth.org

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Joy Cannon, FNP

Joy Cannon, FNP

Adult Neurology Inpatient APP Lead

Joy Cannon, FNP

Joy Cannon, FNP

Adult Neurology Inpatient APP Lead

Department of Neurology

Division of Vascular and Critical Care

Email: Joy.Cannon@vcuhealth.org

Jamie Carlton, MS, AGACNP-BC, SCRN

Jamie Carlton, MS, AGACNP-BC, SCRN

Nurse Practitioner

Jamie Carlton, MS, AGACNP-BC, SCRN

Jamie Carlton, MS, AGACNP-BC, SCRN

Nurse Practitioner

Department of Neurology

Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology

Phone: (804) 828-7929

Email: Jamie.Carlton@vcuhealth.org

Warren L. Felton III, M.D.

Warren L. Felton III, M.D.

Professor, Division of Neuro-ophthalmology Chief

Warren L. Felton III, M.D.

Warren L. Felton III, M.D.

Professor, Division of Neuro-ophthalmology Chief

Department of Neurology

Associate Chair of Clinical Activities
Professor, Neuro-Ophthalmology
Divisions: Adult Neurology, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Vascular Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis

Phone: (804) 828-7929

Email: warren.feltoniii@vcuhealth.org

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Daniel Falcao, D.O.

Daniel Falcao, D.O.

Assistant Professor and Interim Medical Director, VCU Comprehensive Stroke Center

Daniel Falcao, D.O.

Daniel Falcao, D.O.

Assistant Professor and Interim Medical Director, VCU Comprehensive Stroke Center

Department of Neurology

Phone: (804) 828-7929

Email: daniel.falcao@vcuhealth.org

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Travis Gatesman, Pharm.D

Travis Gatesman, Pharm.D

Affiliate Associate Professor

Travis Gatesman, Pharm.D

Travis Gatesman, Pharm.D

Affiliate Associate Professor

Department of Neurology

Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology

Phone: (804) 828-7929

Email: travis.gatesman@vcuhealth.org

Taylor Haight, M.D.

Taylor Haight, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, Medical Education

Taylor Haight, M.D.

Taylor Haight, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, Medical Education

Department of Neurology

Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology

Phone: 804-828-9350

Fax: 804-827-1744

Email: Taylor.Haight@vcuhealth.org

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Kelly Jernigan, FNP

Kelly Jernigan, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Kelly Jernigan, FNP

Kelly Jernigan, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Department of Neurology

Division of Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology

Phone: (804) 828-7929

Email: Kelly.Jernigan@vcuhealth.org

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Jessica M. Johns, M.D.

Jessica M. Johns, M.D.

Assistant Professor Neurointensivist

Jessica M. Johns, M.D.

Jessica M. Johns, M.D.

Assistant Professor Neurointensivist

Department of Neurology

Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology

Email: Jessica.Johns@vcuhealth.org

Shraddha Mainali, M.D.

Shraddha Mainali, M.D.

Associate Professor Neurointensivist

Shraddha Mainali, M.D.

Shraddha Mainali, M.D.

Associate Professor Neurointensivist

Department of Neurology

Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology

Email: Shraddha.Mainali@vcuhealth.org

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John Mannino, NP

John Mannino, NP

Nurse Practitioner, Vascular APP

John Mannino, NP

John Mannino, NP

Nurse Practitioner, Vascular APP

Neurology

Email: John.Mannino@vcuhealth.org

Ram Saha, M.D.

Ram Saha, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Ram Saha, M.D.

Ram Saha, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology

Phone: 804-628-2820

Fax: 804-827-1744

Email: Ram.Saha@vcuhealth.org

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Stacie C. Stevens, FNP, Ph.D.

Stacie C. Stevens, FNP, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator

Stacie C. Stevens, FNP, Ph.D.

Stacie C. Stevens, FNP, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Division of Vascular and Critical Care Neurology

Phone: (804) 828-7929

Email: stacie.stevens@vcuhealth.org

Georgene Wood, FNP

Georgene Wood, FNP

Adult Neurology Outpatient APP Lead

Georgene Wood, FNP

Georgene Wood, FNP

Adult Neurology Outpatient APP Lead

Department of Neurology

Division of Vascular and Critical Care

Phone: 804-828-9350

Fax: 804-827-1744

Email: Georgene.Wood@vcuhealth.org