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Research Letter
April 2018

Medical Specialties of Clinicians Providing Mechanical Thrombectomy to Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke in the United States

Author Affiliations
  • 1Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Unit, Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 3Associate Editor, JAMA Neurology
  • 4Department of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 5Department of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
JAMA Neurol. 2018;75(4):515-517. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.5172

Optimal stroke management requires sufficient availability of physicians qualified to perform mechanical thrombectomy. Little is known about the US workforce for this recently established, evidence-based procedure.1

We performed a cross-sectional study using a data set from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services containing claims for care provided between January 1, 2009, and September 30, 2015, to a nationally representative 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries. The institutional review board at Weill Cornell Medical College approved this study. The institutional review board waived the requirement for informed consent for this minimal-risk research.