Saurav Das, MD
Dr. Das is an assistant professor of neurology at University of Kentucky. He completed his vascular neurology fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis and neurology residency at University of Louisville. He sees patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes in the clinic. Dr. Das is passionate about medical education and in evidence-based clinical practice. He is the site principal investigator of a number of National Institutes of Health Strokenet clinical trials testing emerging treatment and secondary prevention strategies in acute stroke. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society at University of Louisville and awarded the prestigious A B Baker teacher recognition award by American Academy of Neurology. He has published on topics related to stroke and neurological education in popular journals like Stroke and Neurology. He serves as a member of the early career committee of the American Heart Association stroke council.
Stroke is a leading cause of disability world wide and deeply impacts the life of survivors. The landscape of stroke treatment is rapidly changing. There are recent breakthroughs in acute stroke treatment including newer clot busting medicines, techniques to remove large clots from brain vessels using a catheter, etc. which can prevent disability in stroke patients that arrive to the hospital soon after onset of their symptoms. Also, the strategies for prevention of a second stroke requires determination of the cause of the first stroke, and treatment with medications, commonly blood thinners that can further increase the risk of bleeding. These decisions are complex and require a clinician to stay updated with evidence from population based studies in order to offer the safe and efficacious treatment options to patients. I take pride in incorporating the best and latest evidence into my patient care.
On the other hand, I realize that evidence from population based studies can not trump the importance of lived experiences of my patients, and their individual narratives. Stroke treatment often includes changing one's life style. Strokes do not affect physical strength alone but also language, cognitive abilities, mood, social interactions, and all domains of life. I believe that a good physician should not only take interest in patients' illness, but in their lives as people. A physician-patient interaction encompasses the exchange of respect between two experts. While the physician may have studied a disease and be an expert in it, the patient has the best understanding of his own illness and therefore, is also an expert. The best treatment plans emerge out of a shared decision making.
When not working, I like to go on road trips and hike in national parks. I believe in the power of technology to impact the lives of patients and was listed on Forbes India thirty under thirty list in 2015 for developing mobile based decision support systems to improve rural healthcare in India.
- Assistant Professor of Neurology, Vascular Neurology Division
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