CoEE Program welcomes leading stroke expert
One of the world’s leading stroke experts, Dr. Souvik Sen, is the new endowed chair in stroke neurology at the University of South Carolina. He comes to Columbia as part of South Carolina’s Centers of Economic Excellence program.
Also appointed professor and chairman of the department of neurology at the School of Medicine, Sen is an expert in stroke treatment and research. He will help lead the Stroke Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE), which is dedicated to reducing the state’s stroke rate, as well as developing new stroke treatments, such as drugs and biotechnology-based therapeutics.
Sen’s stroke research focuses on patients in order to understand risk factors and test new approaches for stroke treatment and prevention. Specifically, his interests include acute stroke treatment (treating strokes within hours of onset) and cardio-embolic strokes (strokes caused by blood clots that develop in the heart and travel to the brain).
Sen is an expert in stroke treatment and research and was the founding director of the nationally recognized University of North Carolina Stroke Center. He plans to work to establish the Midland’s first Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center in Columbia. Certification from the Joint Commission is considered the gold standard for stroke care providers.
“The stroke-focused center will make the latest stroke treatment and prevention strategies available to the population in the region and in the state,” said Sen. “We will also focus our efforts on improving the level of clinical care and providing access to advanced care through research—this will reduce mortality and disability from stroke.”
Sen is one of three stroke-related endowed chairs recruited to lead the Stroke Center of Economic Excellence. The other two, Dr. Robert Adams and Dr. Marc Chimowitz, are based at the Medical University of South Carolina. Adams has played a central role in the development of the REACH Stroke Network, a statewide telemedicine initiative. Chimowitz is the national principal investigator on a multicenter stroke prevention trial. Sen plans to collaborate with both endowed chairs to ensure stroke patients throughout the state have access to life-saving, top-tier stroke care.
The Stroke CoEE is supported by Health Sciences South Carolina. Partners in the initiative include Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Palmetto Health, MUSC and USC. Stroke care is particularly important in South Carolina, where the rate of deaths from stroke was 138 per 100,000 people, while the national rate was 98, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s statistics from 2000 to 2006.