South Shore residents in Suffolk County will be able to receive endovascular therapy for acute ischemic stroke where timely treatment is critical for saving brain tissue. Southside’s new endovascular program will also offer enhanced access to care for locals suffering from other cerebrovascular diseases including cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM’s) and carotid and vertebral artery stenosis.
“We are delighted to have Dr. DeSousa spearhead the development of the neuro-endovascular program at Southside Hospital,” said Souhel Najjar, MD, Northwell Health’s senior vice president and executive director of the neurology service line. “With this program, Southside Hospital aims to achieve certification from The Joint Commission as a Thombectomy-Capable Stroke Center.”
Dr. DeSousa’s practice will be conveniently located across the street from the hospital at 270 East Main Street in Bay Shore. Dr. DeSousa completed fellowships in both vascular neurology and interventional neuroradiology and is board certified in neurology and vascular neurology. He is broadly published and has been involved in numerous clinical research studies on intracerebral hemorrhage and acute ischemic stroke.
“Bringing these services to our community is another demonstration of Southside Hospital’s commitment to provide the highest quality care possible to its patients,” said Donna Moravick, RN, NP, executive director of Southside Hospital.
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. This is why it’s critical to have trained neurointerventionalists and cutting-edge technology to be able to perform these life-saving procedures, including thrombectomies – a surgical procedure that removes a blood clot from the brain when a patient is having an ischemic stroke. Southside Hospital’s state-of-the-art biplane, which is located in its new cardiac catheterization laboratory, is used in these procedures.
To make an appointment with Dr. DeSousa or for more information about Southside Hospital’s neuro-endovascular program, call 631-591-7470.