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Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele

Posted February 16, 2010 9:30 AM by nsbe

Born in Nigeria, Ovbiagele came to the United States in 1995 to pursue specialist training in stroke, the second-leading killer of Africans and the single most deadly neurological disease. He plans to return to Nigeria in the future to set up stroke centers.. He also hopes to help train new African doctors and medical researchers.

Bruce Ovbiagele, a vascular neurologist, is assistant professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among other responsibilities, Dr. Ovbiagele directs the UCLA PROTECT program, which helps hospitals provide the highest-quality stroke treatment to patients. He is a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association's "Power to End Stroke" campaign.

Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, is Director of the Olive View-UCLA Stroke Program, and Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Ovbiagele heads the UCLA Stroke Prevention Program, part of which comprises the UCLA PROTECT (Preventing Recurrent Thromboembolic Events through Coordinated Treatment) initiative: an innovative hospital-based quality improvement project aimed at improving the utilization of medication and behavioral interventions known to reduce the risk of stroke. He is a Vascular Neurologist, who is involved in research aimed at discovering effective vascular risk reduction therapies in stroke, and developing innovative strategies for optimizing the adherence to secondary stroke prevention therapies.

Dr. Ovbiagele was Co-Chair of the 2006 NIH Stroke Progress Review: Prevention of First and Recurrent Stroke Working Group. He serves on several American Stroke Association (ASA) committees at the local, state and national levels, and is a member of the American Heart Association (AHA) Stroke Advisory Committee, a leadership body within the AHA, which advises the AHA on national stroke policy and advocacy issues. He is also a national spokesperson for the AHA, and is involved in conveying the implications of important new stroke studies to the general public through the media. Most recently, he became national medical spokesperson for the ASA "Power to End Stroke" campaign, which is an educational campaign geared at raising awareness about the warning signs, prevention and treatment of stroke in the African American community.

Dr. Ovbiagele serves as the Principal Investigator for two clinical research to clinical practice trials, and a trial looking at the effects of intensive statin therapy on carotid plaque morphology. He is also the site Principal Investigator for a NINDS-funded stroke prevention study, a large-scale secondary stroke prevention study, as well as a Co-Investigator in several multi-center trials in acute stroke treatment and improved stroke imaging. Dr. Ovbiagele has authored or co-authored over 60 publications, and over 75 abstracts.


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