Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS, FAHA, FAAN

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Chairman, Department of Neurology
Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders
Miller Professor of Neurology, Public Health Sciences,
Human Genetics and Neurosurgery
Executive Director, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Chief of Neurology Service, Jackson Memorial Hospital
President, American Academy of Neurology 2017-19
University of Miami, Leonard Miller of Medicine
1120 NW 14th Street, Suite 1352
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-243-7519
Email: RSacco@med.miami.edu

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., is the Chairman of Neurology, Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, Miller Professor of Neurology, Public Health Sciences, Human Genetics, and Neurosurgery, Executive Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the  Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, and Chief of the Neurology Service at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

A graduate of Cornell University in Bio-electrical Engineering and a cum laude graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, he also holds an MS in Epidemiology from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Sacco completed his neurology residency training and postdoctoral training in Stroke and Epidemiology at Columbia Presbyterian in New York. He was previously Professor of Neurology, Chief of Stroke and Critical Care Division and Associate Chairman at Columbia University before taking his current position as Chairman of Neurology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

He is the Principal Investigator of the NINDS-funded Northern Manhattan Study, the Florida Puerto Rico Collaboration to Reduce Stroke Disparities, and the Family Study of Stroke Risk and Carotid Atherosclerosis, as well as co-investigator of multiple other NIH grants. He has also been the Co-Chair of international stroke treatment and prevention trials. Dr. Sacco has published extensively with over 572 peer-reviewed articles and 138 invited articles in the areas of stroke prevention, treatment, epidemiology, risk factors, vascular cognitive impairment, human genetics and stroke recurrence. His research has also addressed stroke and vascular disparities. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including, the Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke, the Chairman’s Award from the American Heart Association, and the NINDS Javits Award in Neuroscience, AAN Wartenberg Lecture Award, and WSO Global Leadership Award. He has lectured extensively at national and international meetings.

Dr. Sacco is a fellow of both the Stroke and  Epidemiology Councils of the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the  American Neurological Association, and currently serves as President of the American Academy of Neurology. He is also a member of the American Association of Physicians. Dr. Sacco has been a member of the World Stroke Organization since  2008 and is on the Board of Directors. He was the first neurologist to serve as the President of the American Heart Association – 2010-2011.