Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Program Manager


Dr. Richard Swartz MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Richard Swartz is the Director of the University of Toronto Stroke Program, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology and Division of Obstetrical Medicine, at the University of Toronto. He completed his doctoral degree in Neuroscience in 2002 at the University of Toronto, and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2004.  Dr. Swartz is currently Director of the Stroke Research Unit at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and a Scientist at the Evaluative Clinical Sciences – Brain Sciences Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute. Dr. Swartz’s innovative “scanner-to-bedside” approach uses technological advances to ask and answer clinical questions that aim to improve the diagnosis and outcome of patients with vascular disease. His areas of academic interests include neurovascular imaging in stroke prevention and recovery, stroke in the young, stroke in pregnancy. Dr. Swartz is investigating diseases that affect the intracranial vasculature, including vascular dementia, moyamoya disease, pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, and posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, as well as the consequences of these diseases for patients such as depression, cognitive function/impairment, and sleep apnea.

Dr. Swartz and his collaborators seek to establish the University of Toronto Stroke Program as an international leader in stroke clinical practice, research and education.

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Dr. David Gladstone, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. David Gladstone is a stroke neurologist in the Division of Neurology, Regional Stroke Centre and Brain Sciences Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he is Director of the Sunnybrook Regional Stroke Prevention Clinic and High-Risk TIA Unit.  He is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Co-Leader of the University of Toronto Stroke Program.  He completed his PhD through the Royal College Clinician-Scientist Training Program and his thesis earned the McNaughton national research award from the Canadian Neurological Society.  He has held a Clinician-Scientist Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, and is the recipient of the Sunnybrook Young Investigator Award and the Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.  Dr. Gladstone has authored over 100 publications and is principal investigator of multicentre studies aimed at improving outcomes for patients with stroke and TIA.  He is a top-rated teacher and has delivered over 300 presentations to educate health care professionals about best practices in stroke care. He completed a Certificate Program in Medical Education at the University of Toronto and has provided neurological training to over 100 medical trainees at the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Mark Boulos, MD, MSc, FRCPC


Dr. Mark Boulos is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinician-Investigator in the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2006 and completed a Neurology residency in Toronto in 2011. After a two-year clinical research fellowship in stroke and sleep neurology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Dr. Boulos continued as a Staff Neurologist in the same institute. During his fellowship training, Dr. Boulos also completed a Master’s Degree which explored the association of sleep disorders with cerebrovascular disease.  

Dr. Boulos’ area of academic interest is the association of cerebrovascular disease with sleep disorders, and particularly how sleep disorders may be implicated in the pathogenesis of TIA and stroke. In addition, he has an interest in home & in-hospital sleep monitoring in patients with cerebrovascular disease, as well as the automated detection of limb movements during sleep.

Dr. Boulos’ research has been funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canadian Stroke Network, the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, and the Innovation Fund of the Alternative Funding Plan from the Academic Health Sciences Centres of Ontario.

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Dr. Julia Hopyan, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Julia Hopyan is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She subsequently did her specialty training in Internal Medicine and Neurology, and then completed a two year fellowship in Stroke Neurology with subspecialty expertise in the area of Neurosonology.

Dr. Hopyan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and functions as a clinician-teacher at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Her areas of academic interest are curriculum development, clinical trials regarding stroke and Neurosonology, and extending the indications for transcranial Doppler ultrasound. She is the Director of Inpatient Stroke Neurology Services and Co-Director of the Neurodoppler Ultrasound Laboratory. As Director of Stroke Education, Dr. Hopyan coordinates and participates in teaching the Stroke Seminar Series, and teaches the Brain and Behaviour course and ASCM for medical students. Clinically, Dr. Hopyan serves as a Neurology consultant and accepts referrals for the Stroke Prevention Clinic and High Risk TIA Unit at Sunnybrook.

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Dr. Sandra E. Black, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Sandra Black holds the Brill Chair in Neurology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Director of Research for the Brain Sciences Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and was Head of the Division of Neurology at Sunnybrook from 1995 until 2006. She is Medical Director of the Regional Stroke Program for North and East Greater Toronto Area and Director of the L.C. Campbell Cognitive Neurology Research Unit. As well, she is a Senior Neuroscientist at Sunnybrook’s Research Institute and at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. Since 2001 she has been the Sunnybrook Site Director for the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery, serving also as Interim Scientific Director and CEO of the Centre for Stroke Recovery 2009-2010. Dr. Black obtained her medical and neurological training at the University of Toronto and completed her postdoctoral research at the University of Western Ontario in Behavioural Neurology and Stroke prior to taking up her full-time appointment at Sunnybrook in 1985. She also pursued graduate work in the history and philosophy of science at Oxford University.

Dr. Black’s research has focused on the cognitive sequelae of stroke and stroke recovery, the differential diagnosis of dementia, and the use of neuroimaging techniques to elucidate brain-behaviour relationships in stroke and dementia. She has over 314 publications, 63 invited publications, and has been actively engaged in treatment trials for Stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular Dementia.

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Dr. Vincenzo Santo Basile, MD, FRCPC


Dr. Vincenzo Santo Basile has been a practicing physician since 2004 and has been conducting medical genetics research since 1991. His initial training was in elucidating the genetic causes of diseases of the brain and spinal cord.  His undergraduate university training includes degrees in Computer Science (Robots & Artificial Intelligence programming), Biology (Genetics) and a Teaching Degree (Education). Dr. Basile later attended medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton. He then went on to his Neurology training at the University of Toronto. Additional fellowship training has been in the areas of diseases of the spinal cord, motor neuron diseases such as ALS, electromyography (EMG/NCS) as well as stroke. This additional training was also at the University of Toronto. He currently holds a Teaching position at Sunnybrook hospital and is training neurology residents and fellows as well as medical students in the areas of stroke and diseases of the brain and spinal cord. He also trains neurologists in the area of electrophysiology (EMG/NCS). Current areas of interest are stroke as wells as neuromuscular disorders with a focus on motor neuron diseases and diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerve roots, peripheral nerves and muscle. Research interests include genetics of ALS, pharmacogenetics of stroke, and concussion management. Intra-operative electromyography and minimally invasive spine surgery are also areas of expertise. Dr. Basile is a neurologist licensed to practice in the Province of Ontario and holds certification in Adult Neurology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He also has Canadian certification in Electrophysiology and is licensed to perform electromyography and nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS) from the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (CSCN). In addition to seeing patients and teaching at Sunnybrook Hospital, Dr. Basile is also the Medical Director of Stroke and Neurology at both Mackenzie Health Hospital (formerly York Central Hospital) and  William Osler Hospital. Dr. Basile is also the Chief Medical Officer for the Konkussion management group, a provincial initiative for head injury management and sports based concussions. Dr. Basile is also an active member of the Canadian and American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Basile has also received awards including the University of Toronto John Wherrett Researcher Award and J.T. Marotta Educator Award. He has also received the Bernice Ramsay award for research in ALS as well as the International New England Jornal of Medicine/Pasteur award for his genetics research. His ongoing interests are in education, genetics/pharmacogenetics research, and neuromuscular diseases of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Additional interests include province wide care in stroke and head injury through the Ontario TeleMedicine Network.

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