Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
Shyam Prabhakaran is an internationally recognized leader in vascular neurology and stroke research and treatment. His areas of expertise include treatment of narrowing of an artery in the brain, stroke in young adults, stroke due to a congenital hole in the heart, and vascular cognitive impairment/stroke-related dementia. His research explores intersections between clinical stroke, neuroimaging, and community health, and his projects have focused on uncovering the underlying causes of recurrent strokes, improving stroke care, and optimizing patient outcomes and recovery.
Prabhakaran is the principal investigator of the Chicago regional coordinating center in the National Institutes of Health’s stroke trials network. He has been instrumental in reorganizing ambulance transports for stroke patients in Chicago.
Prabhakaran received his MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now known as Rutgers New Jersey Medical School) and his MS in epidemiology from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He completed his residency in neurology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, serving as chief resident in his final year, followed by a clinical fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center.