Henry B. Higman Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
Vice President for Telemedicine, UPMC
Phone: (412) 692-4622
Specialized Areas of Interest
Stroke; neuron implantation.
Lawrence Wechsler, MD, professor of neurology and neurological
surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is the founding
director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Stroke Institute and has been very active in the treatment of stroke
and its debilitating effects. He was among the first doctors to
report on the direct intra-arterial injection of urokinase to
dissolve blood clots in brains of people suffering stroke. He is
co-editor of one of the leading texts on transcranial doppler
ultrasound, a method that uses a microprocessor-controlled
adjustable probe that records blood flow in intracranial arteries.
Dr. Wechsler has served as local principal investigator for national and international clinical trials testing new treatments for acute stroke. He also serves on advisory and steering committees for several large multicenter trials of acute stroke therapy.
Dr. Wechsler and Dr. Douglas Kondziolka, formerly of Pitt, pioneered studies of implantation of LBS-Neurons within a stroke patient's brain to restore nerve function.
Dr. Wechsler earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard
College and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at
UPMC Presbyterian and residency in neurology at
Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also completed a fellowship
in cerebrovascular disease.
Dr. Wechsler holds memberships in several organizations, including the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Society of Neuroimaging. He is board certified by the
American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of
Psychiatry and Neurology and is board certified in vascular neurology.
He has authored or co-authored many papers and chapters on stroke and stroke treatment.
Dr. Wechsler's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Professional Organization Membership
American Academy of Neurology
American Medical Association
Society for Neuroscience
Journal of Neuroimaging (Editor-in-Chief)
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