Wade S. Smith, MD, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Neurology
  • Director of Neurocritical Care, University of California, SF, CA 

Dr. Smith is a Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Smith is trained in Neurocritical Care and manages the Neurological Intensive Care Unit. His research interests include imaging acute stroke, revascularization techniques to treat acute stroke, and the management of subarachnoid hemorrhage. Dr. Smith was the principle investigator of the MERCI, Multi MERCI and TREVO-2 trials that led to the FDA clearance of the first medical devices for treating acute ischemic stroke. He is a Co-Founder of the Neurocritical Care Society, and a founding member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. Dr. Smith serves on the board of the Aneurysm and AVM Foundation, and on the board of the Neurocritical Care Society.

J. Claude Hemphill III, MD, MAS

  • Professor of Neurology
  • Neurological Surgery at the University of California, SF, CA
  • Chief of Neurology at the San Francisco General Hospital

Dr. Hemphill is a Neurointensivist with special expertise in advanced neuromonitoring for detection of secondary brain injury following traumatic brain injury and stroke. He is the Chief of Neurology at San Francisco General Hospital, where his clinical focus is on the management of patients with acute brain and spinal injuries. His work on cerebral oxygen monitoring and delivery has been published in numerous medical journals including Critical Care Medicine, Journal of Neurosurgery, and Neurocritical Care. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2001. He serves as Co-Director of the UCSF/SFGH Brain and Spinal Injury Center and is a founding director and the current Vice-President (President-elect) of the Neurocritical Care Society.

Daryl R. Gress, MD

  • Professor – Department of Neurological Sciences
  • Neurointensivist – Department of Neurological Sciences
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Gress is an academic Neurointensivist with extensive experience in the management of acute ischemia and traumatic brain injury. Current research interests include the development of advanced monitoring technologies to minimize secondary brain injury.

John Murkin MD

  • Professor of Anesthesia
  • Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology Research, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Dr. Murkin’s recent ongoing peer-funded investigations focus on the role of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) for assessment of cerebral oxygenation as well as novel investigations on the impact of early sepsis on NIRS-detected microcirculatory vasoreactivity and tissue oxygenation. For over 3 decades his studies have focused on cognitive and neurological outcomes in cardiac surgery with his initial series of studies of cerebral blood flow and cerebral metabolism. Dr. Murkin was the Co-Founder of the International Multidisciplinary Meeting dealing with brain injury after cardiac surgery. He is a recipient of multiple research grants from the Medical Research Council of Canada and Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. He has authored more than one hundred twenty-five peer-reviewed papers, fifteen book chapters and one hundred thirty scientific abstracts.

Charles W. Hogue, MD

  • Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
  • James E. Eckenhoff Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (includes Prentice Women’s Hospital)

Dr. Hogue’s research has focused on investigating methods to reduce the risk of neurological injury from cardiac surgery. Recently he has had funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation to explore novel methods for monitoring cerebral blood flow autoregulation as a means for reducing the frequency of neurological complications from surgery. Dr. Hogue has published more than one hundred twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has been the co-author of three books. He is currently the Associate Editor-in-Chief for cardiovascular anesthesiology for the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia and provides frequent peer-review for the journals Anesthesiology, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Circulation, and Stroke.

Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
James E. Eckenhoff Professor of Anesthesiology
Professor of Anesthesiology

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (includes Prentice Women’s Hospital)