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Stroke Center


The mission of Santa Clara Medical Center Stroke Program is to provide high quality stroke care for our community. We focus on stroke prevention, acute treatment and rehabilitation using evidenced-based medicine. Our success comes from our team of dedicated healthcare professionals, patients and their families working together.


With the Stroke EXPRESS program (EXpediting the PRocess of Evaluating and Stopping Stroke), all Kaiser Permanente emergency departments in Northern California are equipped with telestroke carts, which include a video camera and access to scans and tests results, enabling the stroke specialist to conduct a patient’s neurologic physical exam even when they are many miles away.


  • Stroke Prevention Video
  • ACT F.A.S.T.  (Stroke is an Emergency. Every minute counts.)
    • Face (Does one side of the face Drop? Ask the person to smile.)
    • Arms (Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?)
    • Speech (Is speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the sentence repeated correctly?)
    • Time (If the person shows any of theses symptoms, Call 911 or get to the hospital immediately.)



The core stroke team includes:

  • Khamidulla Bakhadirov, MD – Director of Stroke Program (Neurologist)
  • Kirsten de la Madrid, MSN, RN, CCRN, Stroke Program Coordinator
  • David Cisewski, MD – ED Stroke Champion
  • Irina Khachatryan, MD – ICU Stroke Unit Leader
  • Daniel Cheng, MD – HBS Stroke Unit Leader
  • Lester Ferrer, RN, ED Manager
  • Paulo Zambrano, BSN, RN, ED educator
  • Casie Solomon, RN, ICU Manager
  • John Olague, RN, 135 Manager
  • Beverly Procope, RN, 135 Stroke Unit Educator


The Multidisciplinary Stroke Team Includes:

  • Medical Director of Santa Clara Stroke Program
  • ED Educator
  • ED Physician Stroke Champion
  • HBS – Telemetry / Stroke Unit Physician Leader
  • ICU Educator
  • Laboratory
  • Neurologists
  • Nursing Departments
  • Nutritional Services
  • Patient Care Coordinator
  • Pharmacist
  • PM&R Physician
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Stroke Program Coordinator
  • Stroke Unit Educator