Dr. Shushrutha Hedna

Dr. Shushrutha with his vast experience in Clinical Neurology, Research and Academic background, head the NeuroZone as the Managing Director. His leadership skills are demonstrated by his stint as Associate Program Director-Neurology Residency and Neurovascular (Stroke) Fellowship-University of Florida; Stroke Director-University of New Mexico Hospitals; Stroke Director- Baptist Health Floyd, New Albany, Indiana among others.

Academic Focus

  • Research in Telemedicine (Tele-stroke/Tele-Neurology)
  • Emerging therapy in Stroke; Brain Edema, Neuroinflammation; Epidemiology of Stroke, Stroke therapeutics
  • Disability Rehabilitation and Senior placement
  • Rural Tele-Health initiative in developing world
  • Teaching and Education of Medical Students and Residents, utilizing cutting edge Neuro-radiology imaging techniques, Case-based teaching and Clinical OSCE techniques


  • 2003 “Certificate of Merit”; Department of Internal Medicine, Stanley Medical College, India
  • 2011 “Dr. Kenneth Heilman Research Award” for best research project, University of Florida, USA
  • 2011 “University of Florida Travel Grant” Department of Neurology, University of Florida, USA
  • 2013 “Exemplary Teacher Award”; College of Medicine; University of Florida, USA
  • 2013 “McKnight Brain Institute Travel Grant”, Gainesville, Florida for Project “Role of CT Perfusion in Stroke Mimics”
  • 2014 “Exemplary Teacher Award”; College of Medicine; University of Florida, USA

Academic Career

He was appointed as Faculty/Assistant professor at University of Florida immediately after graduation in 2012. During the same period, he was serving as Associate program director, for both Neurology Residency and Stroke fellowship program at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. In 2015, he was promoted as Associate professor and was appointed as the Stroke Director at the University Of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

He has served on various committees including Board of Directors-Florida Society of Neurology; Member-Institutional Program Review Committee (GME), UF, Gainesville, Fl; Member-Ethics Committee, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl; Safety Officer-Department of Neurology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.


  • Acute Ischemic Stroke: Therapy and Guidelines; Textbook of Neurointensive Care, pp 693-706; Springer 2013
  • Chapter on Coma and vegetative state; Springer 2011.The Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders
  • Ultimate review for the neurology boards’ web-based second edition; Demos Medical 2011
  • Weakness – Review: Hospital Neurology; McGraw Hill 2016, 1st edition 2015


  • Benefits of an Interdisciplinary Stroke Clinic: Addressing a Gap in Post-Stroke Care (Unpublished)
  • Cerebral venous thrombosis: continental disparities; Neurological Sciences 38 (11), 2017, 1963-1968
  • Combined antagonism of vasopressin receptor subtypes with conivaptan attenuates cerebral edema following ischemic stroke (Unpublished)
  • Hyperglycemia: Predisposition for Micro emboli, Stroke, and white matter changes; Alzheimer’s & dementia: the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association 12(7):P949-P950 July 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.jalz.2016.06.1952
  • Headache: When to Worry. Journal of Headache & Pain Management January 2016. DOI: 10.4172/2472-1913.100024
  • Awareness of the CDC “Heads Up!” to Youth Sports Campaign among Pediatric Sports Coaches: A Pilot Survey Study. Cureus. 2016 Aug 29;8(8):e755
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis Presenting as an Itchy Thigh; Case Reports in Emergency Medicine; Jan 2016
  • Oral verapamil in the prevention of recurrent cerebral ischemia due to post-stent vasospasm.J Clin Pharm Ther.2016 Apr 6.doi: 10.1111/jcpt.12387.
  • Thoracoscopic Ablation With Appendage Ligation Versus Medical Therapy for Stroke Prevention: A Proof-of-Concept Randomized Trial. Innovations (Phila). 2016 Mar-Apr;11(2):99-105. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000226
  • Rare etiology of Bow Hunter’s Syndrome and Systematic review of literature, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology. Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 7–16. Published July, 2015.
  • Validity of laser Doppler flowmetry in predicting outcome in murine intraluminal middle cerebral artery occlusion stroke. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology. Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 74–82. Published July, 2015
  • Symptomatic improvement of traumatic dysgeusia from an occipital nerve block.Neurol India. 2015 Mar-Apr;63(2):259-60. doi: 10.4103/0028-3886.156298.
  • Hemispheric Differences in Malignant Middle Cerebral Artery StrokeJournal of Neurological Sciences 05/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jns.2015.04.036.
  • Isolated middle cerebral artery dissection: a systematic review. International Journal of Emergency Medicine 12/2014; 7(1). DOI:10.1186/s12245-014-0044-1
  • Taming of glutamate excitotoxicity: Strategic pathway modulation for neuroprotection. CNS Drugs 2015; DOI: 10.1007/s40263-015-0225-3
  • Treatment of stroke related refractory brain edema using mixed vasopressin antagonism: a case report and review of the literature BMC neurology 201414:213 doi:10.1186/s12883-014-0213-0
  • Recurrence of Lobar Hemorrhage: A Red Flag for Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy Related Inflammation?: InnovClinNeurosci. 2015 May-Jun;12(5-6):20-6
  • Rare etiology of Bow Hunter’s Syndrome and Systematic review of literature; J VascInterv Neurol. 2015 Jul;8(3):7-16
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Ischemic Stroke: Old Wine in a New Bottle; Frontiers in Neurology24 June 2014 | doi: 10.3389/fneur.2014.00107
  • Role of vasopressin and its antagonism in stroke related edema; Journal of Neuroscience Research 14 MAY 2014 DOI: 10.1002/jnr.23407
  • Role of inflammatory markers in Takayasu arteritis disease monitoring. BMC Neurology 03/2014; 14(1):62.
  • Mechanisms of arm paresis in middle cerebral artery distribution stroke: Pilot study. The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 12/2013; 50(8):1113-22.
  • Neuroinflammation after acute ischemic stroke: a volcano hard to contain. Chin J ContempNeurolNeurosurg, November 2013, Vol. 13, No. 11
  • Visual-olfactory hallucinatory synesthesia: The Charles Bonnet Syndrome with olfactory hallucinations. Cortex 2014 Jan;50:204-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2013.10.002. Epub 2013 Oct 31
  • A Non-Surgeon’s Guide to Surgical Management of Atrial Fibrillation; Journal of Surgery. 2013; 1(2):5.
  • Atrial Fibrillation-A Common Ground for Neurology and Cardiology: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation 2013; 6(2):103-113.
  • Intracranial hypotension masquerading as nonconvulsive status epilepticus: report of 3 cases. J Neurosurg. 2014 Mar; 120(3):624-7. doi: 10.3171/2013.7.JNS112308. Epub 2013 Aug 23.
  • Admission Motor Strength Grade Predicts Mortality in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke Undergoing Mechanical Thrombectomy. Neuroscience & Medicine; Vol.4 No.1(2013), Article ID:28556,6 pages DOI:10.4236/nm.2013.41001
  • Praxis and writing in a right-hander with crossed aphasia. Neurocase. 2013 Apr 5.PMID: 23557340
  • Hemispheric differences in ischemic stroke: is left-hemisphere stroke more common? Journal of Clinical Neurology. 04/2013; 9(2):97-102. DOI: 10.3988/jcn.2013.9.2.97
  • Teaching NeuroImages: Hypomelanosis of Ito. Neurology 2013; 80(12):e130. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318288697b
  • Vessel wall enhancement in herpes simplex virus central nervous system vasculitis. J ClinNeurosci. 2013 Sep; 20(9):1318-9. doi:10.1016/j.jocn.2012.10.024. Epub 2013 Mar 18.
  • Endothelin-1 induced middle cerebral artery occlusion model for ischemic stroke with laser Doppler flowmetry guidance in rat. J Vis Exp. 2013 Feb 16;(72). pii: 50014. doi: 10.3791/50014.
  • Takayasu’s arteritis: Is it a reversible disease? Case Report and Literature Review. SurgNeurol Int. 2012;3:132. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.102947. Epub 2012 Oct 27
  • Trends in the management of atrial fibrillation: A neurologist’s perspective.J Cardiovasc Dis Res. 2012 Oct;3(4):255-64. doi: 10.4103/0975-3583.102690
  • Seizure Mimicking Stroke: Role of CT Perfusion. J Clin Imaging Sci. 2012;2:32. doi: 10.4103/2156-7514.97728. Epub 2012 Jun 29.
  • Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) and CT perfusion changes. Int J Emerg Med. 2012 Feb 29;5:12. doi: 10.1186/1865-1380-5-12.
  • Endovascular intervention for acute stroke due to infective endocarditis: case report. Neurosurg Focus. 2012 Feb;32(2):E1. doi: 10.3171/2011.11.FOCUS11263.

Grant Support

He has vast experience in research being principal investigator and recipient of various research funds for neurological projects while being faculty at various Universities in UK, USA and India. The projects include Glycemic control of myocardial infarction, Management of acute coronary syndrome, DVT management, Hemispheric differences in Ischemic Stroke; Predictors of Mortality in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke undergoing Mechanical Thrombectomy; Review of Acute stroke interventions; Multidisciplinary Stroke Translational Research Initiative; Role of Vasopressin receptor ligands in Stroke; Antihypertensive Treatment of Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage (ATACH-II) trial; Study of Stroke Related Edema Treatments; Histamine Glutamate Antagonism in Stroke; Carbonic Anhydrase Antagonism in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage; Global Health Equity Track (GHET) Project-Impact of Socioeconomic Hardship in Organo-phosphorous poisoning in Rural India among others.

International Acclaim

He has been an invited speaker for various neurological and stroke conferences in and outside USA including International Stroke Conference. He is also a reviewer for various high impact medical journals including J Neurology Neurosurgery Psychiatry (BMJ); International journal of emergency medicine (BMC); Journal of Clinical Imaging Science; Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock; Journal of Neuroradiology (Springer); British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research; Surgical neurology international; Journal of Negative Results (BMC); Mediterranean Journal of hematology and infectious Diseases.

He also has reviewed peer reviewed projects by international acclaimed institutions including University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI); American Academy of Neurology 2016 Abstracts reviewer and Co-Chair AAN-2016 General Neurology-Therapeutics, AAN, Vancouver, among others. He has also authored many books and served on various editorial boards.

He has passion for teaching and has trained many Neurology Residents, Stroke Fellows, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Medical Students during his tenure at the University of Florida-Gainesville, University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, Baptist Health-Louisville to name a few.