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New England Regional Coordinating Center (NERCC)


New England Regional Coordination Center | Massachusetts General Hospital | JP Kistler Stroke Research Center | 175 Cambridge Street, Suite 300 | Boston, MA 02114 |



The New England Regional Coordination Center (NERCC) is a collaboration of sites encompassing twelve of the top academic medical centers in New England: Massachusetts General Hospital (the Coordinating Site) and eleven satellites: Baystate Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, UMass Memorial Medical Center, University of Vermont Medical Center, and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Our RCC serves a large and diverse patient population from across New England, including both a dedicated Children’s Hospital, a Rehabilitation Hospital, and multiple Comprehensive Stroke Centers.  As a region, we have consistently scored highly on performance measures developed by the NIH StrokeNet.  Our RCC has made significant contributions across the spectrum of acute, inpatient, and recovery trials.  Made possible by our long history of regional partnership, well-developed stroke services, wide TeleNeurology Network, and experience in a wide array of research activities, the NERCC is committed to recruitment, retention and high-quality data capture as a participating NIH StrokeNet center.  Sites in the NERCC are currently involved with ASPIRE, CREST-2, I-ACQUIRE, FOCAS, RHAPSODY-2, SATURN, SleepSMART, TRANSPORT-2, VERIFY, FASTEST, VERIFY, SISTER, and CAPTIVA.



Aneesh Singhal, MD
RCC Principal Investigator
Vice-Chair of Neurology, Quality and Safety
Director, MGH Comprehensive Stroke Center
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Department of Neurology, Stroke Service
Phone Number: (617) 726-8459

Areas of Interest: Acute Stroke, Stroke Imaging, Stroke Prevention 

Mariel Kozberg, MD, PhD
RCC Deputy Principal Investigator
Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Department of Neurology, Stroke Service
Phone Number: 617-726-8639

Areas of Interest: Intracerebral hemorrhage, Cerebral amyloid angiopathy, Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke prevention

Anand Viswanathan, MD, PhD
RCC Director, Career Enhancement
Director, Partners Telestroke Program
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Phone Number: (617) 726-1728

Areas of Interest: Stroke, Memory Disorders, Cerebral amyloid angiopathy

Elaina Hill, MS
RCC Contact
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone Number: (617) 726-2407

Ana-Lucia Garcia Guarniz, MD
2023-2024 NERCC Trainee
Phone Number: 617-732-7432

Names and addresses of affiliated Satellites/Performance Sites:

Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut Street, Springfield MA 01199
PI: Gottfried Schlaug, MD
Deputy PI: TBD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
185 Pilgrim Road, Palmer 127, Boston, MA 02215
PI: Sandeep Kumar, MD
Deputy PI: Jennifer Dearborn-Tomazos, MD

Boston Medical Center
72 East Concord Street, Boston MA 02118
PI: Steven Feske, MD
Deputy PI: Jose Romero, MD

Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA  02115
PI: Michael Rivkin, MD
Deputy PI: Christina VanderPluym, MD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street, Boston MA 02115
PI: Christopher Anderson, MD
Deputy PI: Alexis Roy, MD

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
41 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805
PI: Siddharth Sehgal, MD
Deputy PI: Razaz Mageid, MD

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 First Ave, Charlestown MA 02129
PI: Ross Zafonte, DO
Deputy PI: Randie Black-Schaffer, MD

Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Boston MA 02111
PI: David Thaler, MD
Deputy PI: Emiliya Melkumova, MD

UMass Memorial Medical Center 
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester MA 01655
PI: Raphael Carandang, MD
Deputy PI: Rakhee Lalla, DO

University of Vermont Medical Center
111 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT 05401
PI: Christopher Commichau, MD
Deputy PI: Daniela Zambrano, MD

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756
PI: Timothy Lukovits, MD
Deputy PI: Diana Rojas-Soto, MD




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