The Growing Shortage of Vascular Neurologists in The Era of Health Reform

STROKEAHA: February 5, 2013

The incidence of stroke has surpassed 800 000 cases each year, and acute stroke has become the leading cause of disability in the United States. Given that a person’s chronological age is a primary risk factor,1 and the United States will be experiencing exponential growth in the elderly population over the next 20 years, the incidence of stroke will grow substantially and the demand for dedicated stroke care will increase accordingly.2 In this report, we consider contemporary evidence-based practices for stroke care, the supply of vascular neurologists (VNs) and neurointerventionalists (NIs), potential causes for the supply–demand imbalance, and solutions aimed to increasing the supply of VNs within the ongoing healthcare reform effort. Read more