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The Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center is home to the Advanced Neuroscience Center, a center of knowledge, expertise, and technological advancements for various neuro-related medical treatments. Our Center provides specialized neurological care to Kaiser Permanente members from throughout Northern California. Our Neuroscience Center is dedicated to advancing the latest techniques and available procedures to our members.

Neurosurgery | Comprehensive Stroke Center | Neurointerventional RadiologyNeurology

Kaiser Permanente DocTalk – Stroke

Watch the Kaiser Permanente DocTalk video as Neurosurgeon Dr. Vivek Rao speaking about the warning signs of stroke.

Treating complex cases of stroke

Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Hospital has earned the prestigious certification as Comprehensive Stroke Center from The Joint Commission, The American Heart Association and the American Stoke Association. A patient, Sonia Bains, shares her story of how she started having seizures and losing coordination about two weeks after giving birth which led to a complex stroke. She credits her treatment and care at the Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Comprehensive Stroke Center for saving her life. See the photos and read the article.

When Minutes Matter, Kaiser Permanente Excels

Every Kaiser Permanente Northern California medical center participates in a unique protocol called Stroke Express that enables physicians to rapidly diagnose strokes and administer medications quickly.  Like many people his age, Robert Taunton, 27, enjoys an active lifestyle. When he is not working as a project manager for a Richmond general contractor, he enjoys dirt biking, jet skiing, and tinkering with cars at his El Sobrante home.

But Taunton is anything but typical. Four months ago he had a stroke.

He remembers being at work on June 7 and not being able to understand his colleague or speak himself. He had difficulty moving his right side. Taunton was taken by ambulance to the Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center, where he was given the clot-busting drug tPA and then transferred to the Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center to have an undissolved clot removed from his brain.  Read more.


Our Neurosurgery Department specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the central and peripheral nerve system. These include brain and spine tumors, complex spine diseases requiring surgery, vascular lesions, movement disorders and complex pain problems.

We use a multidisciplinary approach to provide care that combines the talents and expertise of clinicians from different specialties. Providing the best care possible is our highest priority. We are equipped with the latest technology and staffed with some of the field’s top clinicians.

Read about the experience of Jessica Rios, brain tumor survivor, who was treated at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

We provide primary and secondary stroke care for our patients based on the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association’s guidelines. We commit to provide the latest acute stroke therapies with a multidisciplinary approach. We share our stroke prevention resources with our communities and provide stroke survivor/caregiver support.

Bay Area Radio Hall of Famer and stroke victim Ken Dito and Kaiser Permanente Redwood City neurologist Dr. Sean Cullen were featured on KGO radio. Dito recalls through tears how Kaiser Permanente’s expert care saved his life and his gratitude for Dr. Cullen’s connection to him.

Our medical center has achieved Advanced Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from The Joint Commission since 2016 which authorizes our hospital to perform advanced neuro-invasive procedures, and, for 11 years in a row, we have received a “Get With The Guidelines—Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award” from the American Heart Association for consistently treating heart and stroke patients according to evidence-based treatment standards.

Learn more about our Comprehensive Stroke Program

Neurointerventional Radiology

The Redwood City Neurointerventional Radiology (INR) team diagnoses and treats disorders of the human nervous system. We have extensive experience performing embolization for vascular lesions and tumors, angioplasty and stenting of blood vessels and vertebroplasty to repair spinal fractures.


This department sees adult and some teenage patients by referral only from other physicians or nurse practitioners. Although we see patients for a number of neurologic symptoms and problems, we emphasize neurologic follow-up for the following conditions: multiple sclerosis, movement disorders (such as Parkinson’s Disease), seizure disorders, and neuromuscular diseases (e.g., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy). We work closely with primary care providers to assist in the diagnosis and management of common neurologic disorders, and provide emergency consultation if needed.

It started as a small tremor in her left little finger, but Darcy Blake knew it was Parkinson’s. The disease runs in Darcy’s family and it was one she knew all too well. Within three years of her diagnosis, Darcy was no longer able to hide her tremors, and the symptoms began taking a toll on her quality of life. See Darcy’s story.