NEWS | May 18, 2016

Ng named director of UC Davis Stroke Center


Kwan L. Ng, assistant professor and director of vascular neurology at UC Davis Health System, has been named director of the UC Davis Stroke Center.

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“I am committed to UC Davis becoming a nationally recognized center for the treatment of vascular neurological diseases and great care for those diseases in Sacramento and beyond,” Ng said.

Since 2009, UC Davis Medical Center has been certified as an advanced primary stroke center by The Joint Commission, signifying that the medical center’s services have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on recommendations published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care.

“The Department of Neurology and UC Davis Health System are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Ng join us as director of the Stroke Center,” said department Chair Fredric Gorin. “While a neurologist, Dr. Ng has additional subspecialty training in physical medicine and rehabilitation, in addition to vascular neurology, providing our patients with a holistic approach to stroke patient care.”

Each year, about 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, the nation’s fifth-leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. Stroke is also a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

Ng is originally from Sacramento and graduated from McClatchy High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with high honors from UC Davis and a combined doctor of pharmacology and doctor of medicine degree from UC Irvine. Ng performed his post-graduate medical training in internal medicine at UC San Francisco; in neurology at the Johns Hopkins University, where he also conducted vascular research; and fellowships in stroke and neurorehabilitation at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Neuroimaging.

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