2019 Comprehensive Stroke Conference - PIH Health - Whittier, CA

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2019 Comprehensive Stroke Conference at PIH Health Hospital - Whittier

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PIH Health Hospital - Whittier is proud to be one of the first hospitals in LA County to receive The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check Mark for Advanced Certification of Comprehensive Stroke Centers.

Conference Dates/Times

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
7 am to 4:30 pm


PIH Health Employees

The fee for PIH Health clinicians and staff is $25 per day. Payment must be received to secure your reservation as space is limited. Registration is Closed.

Non-PIH Health Employees

The fee for non-PIH Health staff is $100 per day with a discount for groups of four or more ($75 per person, per day). Payment must be received to secure your reservation as space is limited. Registration is Closed.

Vendor Registration

Vendor space is limited. Registration and payment are required to secure space. Please contact Krystal Valdez at Krystal.Valdez@PIHHealth.org for vendor information.

Get With The Guidelines

In 2017, PIH Health Hospital - Whittier earned the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and also qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll. These awards recognize PIH Health’s commitment and success in implementing a comprehensive, high-standard stroke care.

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A New Era in Stroke Care


This conference is organized to provide an overview of recent updates and discuss practical issues surrounding the delivery of state-of-the-art stroke care. Through formal lectures, case presentations, and interactive discussions, this comprehensive stroke conference will explore critical issues surrounding the assessment, management, treatment, and prognosis of stroke in the acute, sub-acute and non-acute settings.


  • Identify best practices in acute and post-acute treatment for stroke.
  • Examine the latest advances in critical care, surgical management, and endovascular intervention of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke patients.
  • Review the role of multidisciplinary care in stroke.
  • Summarize post discharge challenges of stroke patients and their families.
  • Appraise the diverse challenges in the care of stroke patients from various cultural backgrounds.


This course is designed to meet the educational needs of: adult neurologists, neuro surgeons, interventional radiologists, internists, intensivists, emergency medicine physicians, primary care physicians, and radiologists, as well as fellows in training, advanced practice stroke nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists, and registered nurses with a special interest in acute stroke management and treatment.


PIH Health Hospital – Whittier is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

PIH Health Hospital – Whittier is an approved provider for continuing education hours for Nursing through the California Board of Registered Nursing, BRN Provider Number 00261. 7.0 hours of continuing education will be provided for each full day of attendance. 


PIH Health Hospital – Whittier designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ (seven per day). 

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Any commercial support received for this course will be acknowledged at the conference


It is the policy of PIH Health Hospital – Whittier to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities. PIH Health Hospital – Whittier assesses conflicts of interest with its faculty and planners of CME activities. Conflicts of interest that are identified are resolved by reviewing that presenter’s content for fair balance and absence of bias, scientific objectivity of studies utilized in this activity, and patient care recommendations. 

In accordance with the policy of PIH Health Hospital – Whittier, faculty are asked to disclose any affiliation or financial interest that may affect the content of their presentations.

Faculty & Agenda

Day 1
August 22, 2019

Time Topic Presenter
7:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks J. Abundis RN
8:15 Acute Stroke: From Pre-Hospital Care to In Hospital (Emergency) Management K. Andruss MD
9:00 Targeted Temperature Management for the Brain Injured Patient * M. Bader RN
9:45 BREAK
10:00 Recognition and Emergency Management of Posterior Circulation Stroke R. Rison MD
10:45 Left vs Right Brain Stroke R. Shatzmiller MD
11:30 Atypical Causes of Ischemic Stroke S. Lin MD
12:00 LUNCH/Vendor Display
1:00 What a Bloody Mess: ICH, IVH, SAH G. Ganguly MD
1:45 Stroke Pharmacology and Nursing Management M. Ghonim PharmD
2:15 BREAK
2:30 Cerebral Small Vessel Diseases: From Vessel Alterations to Cortical Parenchymal Injury D. Copeland MD
3:15 Advances in the Critical Care Management of Ischemic Stroke D. Akhavan MD
4:00 Advances in the Critical Care Management of Ischemic Stroke: A Day in the Life of an Intensivist N. Chishti MD
4:30 Adjourn

* Presentation not eligible for CME credit.

Day 2
August 23, 2019

Time Topic Presenter
7:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks J. Abundis RN
8:15 Thrombectomy:Challenges to Procedural Success S. Dhand MD
8:45 Future Directions in Acute Ischemic Stroke S. Lin MD
9:30 Neuroimaging: The Many Shades of Gray D. Saket MD
10:00 BREAK
10:15 Warning – DO NOT IGNORE: TIA J. Saket MD
11:00 Sleep and Cerebrovascular Disease: Strategies to Promote Brain Health R. Rison MD
11:45 LUNCH/Vendor Display
12:45 Managing Diabetes with Stroke Patients C. Gastelum MD
1:30 Options for Rehabilitation-ARC, TCU vs Home Health S. Tam RN
2:15 BREAK
2:30 Managing Stroke Care Transition R. Harris MD
4:00 Differential Diagnosis of Stroke Mimics G. Ganguly MD
4:30 Adjourn


Daniel Akhavan MD

Dr. Akhavan is Board certified in critical care, pulmonology and internal medicine. He specializes in management of critically ill patients with a special interest in the management of patients with acute ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage.

Kevin Andruss MD

Dr. Andruss is board certified in emergency medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is the base hospital medical director for PIH Health Hospital - Whittier. He has a special interest in management of acute stroke, stroke systems of care and emergency medical services. As the emergency department representative on the PIH Health Stroke Committee, he is interested in the integration of pre-hospital stroke care with the rapid work-up and management of stroke patients in the emergency department.

Mary Kay Bader

Presenter has 41 years of experience in neuroscience/ICU. Holds CCRN, CNRN, SCRN & CCNS certifications.  The presenter is a Neuro/ICU CNS, works with team to develop protocols/manage complex Neuro/ICU patient populations.  She has lectured nationally on numerous critical care topics. She is the current Vice President for the Neurocritical Care Society. She was honored as a FNCS/FAHA. The presenter served on the Jury for the NCS multimodality monitoring consensus document in 2013-2014. She has published 43 articles and 4 books.

Nadeem Chishti MD

Dr. Nadeem Chishti is a pulmonologist and intensivist affiliated with PIH Health Hospital Whittier and Downy. He received his medical degree from Punjab Medical College, University of Health Sciences Lahore.  He completed his residency at LAC + USC Medical Center. After finishing his residency he served as Chief resident for one year at USC. He did fellowship in Pulmonary and critical Care medicine at University of California Medical Center Irvine. After finishing his fellowship he joined PIH Hospital. Dr. Chishti is board certified in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Internal Medicine, and Sleep Medicine.    Dr Chishti has been proving compassionate care in hospital setting and private practice for over 22 years at PIH health hospitals.  He is also director of critical care since last 12 years and has done worked on a number of projects to improve quality and become sate of the art Critical care center in this area. He is also director of Respiratory services from last three years also.  He also holds a prestigious Medical Management degree MMM from USC Marshall School of business.

Dane Copeland MD

Dr. Copeland is a board certified neurologist with a medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He completed his fellowship at the University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles and his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Copeland became a neurologist because he found it intriguing and likes to diagnose his patients and give them an effective treatment. Dr. Copeland has over 20 years of experience in neurology. He joins us as the Stroke Program Medical Director at PIH Health Hospital - Downey.

Sabeen Dhand MD

Sabeen Dhand is an interventional radiologist at PIH Health Hospital -Whittier.  After completing his training at Northwestern in 2015, he moved back home to start his career.  PIH Health Interventional Radiology is a robust, clinically-driven practice covering the entire scope of minimally invasive image guided procedures (MIIPS), with focus on peripheral arterial disease, aortic disease, interventional oncology, and neurovascular intervention.  During his early career, Sabeen developed a strong interest in limb salvage/CLI, stroke intervention, and social media.  Sabeen hopes to further the field not only through education to other healthcare peers, but also raise awareness to the general public via social media and other platforms.

Gautam Ganguly MD

Dr. Ganguly completed his undergraduate school and medical school at the University of Calcutta in India. He completed his residency in neurology and a fellowship in epilepsy and neuromuscular diseases at the University of Southern California. He is board certified in electrodiagnostic medicine in the subspecialty of vascular medicine, the subspecialty of behavioral neurology & neuropsychiatry and subspecialty of sleep medicine. Dr. Ganguly is the medical director of ABC Sleep Center in Montebello and Whittier, CA and is also the medical director of the stroke program at Beverly Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, American Association and American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

E. Robert Harris MD

Dr. Harris received his medical degree from the Université de Montpellier, Faculté de Médicine in France.  His postgraduate training included an internship and a residency in experimental surgery at Jewish General Hospital/McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada.  He also completed residencies in Internal Medicine at Hôpital Nôtre Dame/Université de Montréal and A Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at St. Mary’s Bauer Medical Center Hospital in Long Beach, CA.  He completed his Fellowship Training in Rheumatology at U.C.L.A. Center for Health Sciences in Los Angeles, CA. He is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. 

E. Robert Harris MD is a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also Co-Medical Director for the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Presbyterian Community Hospital in Whittier, CA and maintains a private practice of Rheumatology and Related Diseases in Whittier, CA.  Dr. Harris is Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Region of the Arthritis Foundation and a past member of the National Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation.  He is also a member of the California Rheumatology Alliance. 

Dr. Harris has published several articles and abstracts in such journals as “Journal of Rheumatology”, “Annals of Rheumatic Diseases”, “Arthritis and Rheumatism”, and the journal of “French Society of Medicine and Surgery of the Foot”.  He has served as Principle Investigator for more than 300 clinical research trials.  He is a member of several professional organizations including American College of Rheumatology, Southern California Rheumatology Society, Clinical Society of Rheumatology Organizations and Los Angeles County Medical Association.

Shao-Pow Lin MD

Dr. Lin joined Lambert Radiology Medical Group in 2017 after a distinguished career in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was affiliated with multiple hospitals including Mountain View Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. Dr. Lin currently practices at PIH Health Hospital - Whittier. He graduated from Stanford University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. His post-graduate education continued at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he received the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in 2002. Dr. Lin completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri in 2007, after which he also completed additional fellowship training in both Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology in 2009. Dr. Lin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and has been board certified since 2007. In 2009 Dr. Lin received the Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology. His primary clinical interest is in acute stroke intervention. Most of his weekends are spent cheering on their boys’ soccer teams, volunteering as a referee, or working with Boy Scouts.

Richard Rison MD

Dr. Rison is board certified in vascular neurology, neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Bronx, New York and completed both his fellowship and residency at LAC+USC Medical Center.

Dr. Rison attributes his choice of clinical specialty to his longstanding interests in neurological disease states and neuroscience. ”Various family health-related issues early on helped to further develop my interests” he says, adding “I enjoy helping people and their families with neurologic disease and diagnosing neurologic disorders along with providing newly available treatments for various neurologic conditions.”

Ron Shatzmiller MD

Dr. Shatzmiller is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine. He received his medical degree from Tulane University Medical Center, Louisiana and completed both his fellowship and residency at Los Angeles County - University of Southern California. Dr. Shatzmiller was first drawn to the medical field while working in a research hospital. “When I saw the physicians in action, I realized this was my true calling,” he explains. “There is something about using all of your resources to alleviate the suffering of other human beings that is exciting, noble and important.” Dr. Shatzmiller enjoys making a difference in his patients’ lives by explaining what is happening, managing expectations and offering comfort and support.

Sanna Tam

Sanna Tam is  a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) through the American Rehabilitation Nurse Association. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Sanna is currently the assistant clinical director and PPS Coordinator for PIH Health – Whittier’s Acute Rehabilitation Center & Transitional Care Unit. She works with the members of the Stroke Committee to facilitate post-acute care for stroke patients.


A designated parking area will be available for non-PIH Health physicians and staff. Shuttle services will be provided from this area to the main entrance next to the emergency department.

Cancellation Deadline

Cancellations must be received by August 2, 2019 to receive a full refund. No refund will be issued after August 2, 2019.

Email cancellation notice to Krystal Valdez at Krystal.Valdez@PIHHealth.org.


Should you have any questions regarding the 2019 Comprehensive Stroke Conference, please contact Krystal Valdez at 562.698.0811 Ext. 17830.