As your stroke is diagnosed and treated, you may work with one or more of the following providers:
- Emergency Medicine Physician: A doctor who specializes in caring for patients with acute illnesses or injuries that require immediate medical attention, typically in the emergency department of a hospital. A person having a stroke is typically rushed to the hospital and treated by an emergency medicine physician.
- Neurologist: A doctor who specializes in disorders of the brain and nervous system. Neurologists diagnose and treat patients who have had a stroke and supervise their ongoing treatment.
- Neurosurgeon: A doctor who specializes in surgical treatments of the brain or nervous system. If surgery is required to treat or prevent a stroke, a neurosurgeon would perform the surgery.
- Internist or Family Physician: Doctors who provide general medical care for adults. Adults who have had a stroke may also receive follow-up care and monitoring by an internist or family physician.