About the Chair
Brett Kissela, MD, began his career at the University of Cincinnati in 1999 as a clinical instructor of neurology during a one-year fellowship in vascular neurology. In 2000, he joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute as assistant professor and the associate director of medical education for the Department of Neurology.
Dr. Kissela has since held positions such as co-director of the vascular neurology fellowship, vice chair of Graduate Medical Education and Hospital Services and residency director for the Department of Neurology.
Dr. Kissela is currently the Professor and Albert Barnes Voorheis Chair of the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine. He has been the co-director of the Stroke Recovery Center at Drake since 2008, and a member of the UC Stroke team since 2000.
Dr. Kissela’s research has focused on epidemiology, outcomes and recovery after stroke. Within a large epidemiology program that primarily studies racial disparities in stroke incidence and case fatality, he has a special interest in the impact of diabetes on stroke incidence and outcomes, as well as the epidemiology of stroke outcomes.
With regard to stroke outcomes, he has focused on how medical and psychiatric comorbidities, as well as white matter disease burden, affect recovery and outcomes after stroke. Finally, he participates in a variety of stroke recovery projects, seeking to enhance recovery via innovative strategies.
During his lifetime Dr. Kissela has been honored with membership to Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa.He has also been awarded the Cincinnati Business Courier’s "Forty Under 40" award and the Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize from the American Academy of Neurology.