Louise McCullough, MD, PhD, FANA

University of Texas

Dr. Louise McCullough is the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Chair and Professor of Neurology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and Chief of Neurology at Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center. She is a physician-scientist and a practicing vascular neurologist with clinical expertise in sex/gender disparities, the microbiome, stroke and aging, and acute stroke treatments. A renowned investigator, she is well recognized for her work in cerebral vascular disease and is known for her research identifying sex differences in cell death pathways during stroke, which have now been shown to be a major factor in the response to an ischemic insult. Working closely with the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), she was instrumental in the National Institute of Health’s requirement to include female animals in basic and translational studies. Among Dr. McCullough’s many honors and awards are the prestigious National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, the NINDS Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship, the Inaugural American Heart Association (AHA) Outstanding Stroke Research Mentor Award and the AHA Merit Award. She completed her PhD in Neuroscience and her MD from the University of Connecticut. She continued her training at Johns Hopkins completing a neurology residency in 2000. Her residency was followed by a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease and stroke (2000-2002). After completing her training, she joined the faculty atJohns Hopkins Hospital and began her translational research career. Dr. McCullough returned to Connecticut in 2004 and rose to the rank of Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience at The University of Connecticut Health Center and at the John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, Connecticut. She became the Director of Stroke Research and Education at Hartford Hospital, and helped develop one of the largest stroke centers in New England. In 2015, she relocated to the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston 2015 as the Chair of Neurology. The Neurology Department at UT Health has very active educational, clinical, and research programs, and is ranked highly in NIH funding. 


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