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DR KNITASHA WASHINGTON : PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Washington has earned recognition of being a prominent figure in healthcare transformation serving in the capacity of thought-leader, advocate, researcher and performance improvement expert.  She has worked with healthcare systems, U.S. government agencies and numerous policymaker groups to ensure that patient-centered and equitable approaches are at the heart of healthcare redesign.  Dr. Washington founded and serves as President & CEO of ATW Health Solutions, a management consulting and research firm based in Chicago.  She is a board member for National Quality Forum (Washington DC). Shaped by her passion and belief in social justice, Knitasha has earned recognition nationally for her work in quality improvement, patient and family engagement, health equity and patient safety.

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DR SHYAM PRABHAKARAN : CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Shyam is currently Professor and Chair of Neurology at the University of Chicago. He is a stroke neurologist who has led several projects to understand the epidemiology of stroke in Chicago and disparities in acute stroke treatment including the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI; CEERIAS: AD-1310-07237) funded study of disparities in awareness and activation of 9-1-1 after stroke in Chicago’s south side. He chairs the Chicago Regional Stroke Advisory Committee and helped develop and draft the pre-hospital stroke policies and procedures which were implemented in March 2011 and again in November 2018. These policies encourage patients who are suspected of having a stroke to call 9-1-1 and ensure rapid evaluation and triage to hospitals with the highest level of stroke care possible. He has led numerous funded initiatives including the ongoing MYRIAD study of imaging biomarkers of ICAD, the E-SPEED study focused on prehospital and inter-hospital barriers to timely stroke treatment, and the THESIS study targeting diagnostic error in the ED.

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DR NEELUM AGGARWAL : CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Aggarwal has the expertise and leadership to serve as Co-PI for the 2CEERIAS: Phase II of the Community Engagement for Early Stroke Recognition and Immediate Action in Stroke (CEERIAS) in the COVID-19 Environment and provides guidance and direction to the design and approach taken for this community-based dissemination grant. As Co-PI of the CEERIAS study, she worked closely with fellow Co-PI's Drs. Prabhakaran and Washington, to develop the community engagement plan, field operations, and data collection surveys.  Her present work is focused on how to prevent cognitive decline and dementia in community stroke survivors through dietary interventions through an ( NIA  1R01AG062637-01A1) funded study. She serves as the senior examining neurologist and co-Investigator to multiple large-scale community-based studies in Chicago’s underrepresented and under-resourced communities: the Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP) and Preserving Cognitive Resilience: A Biracial Parent Offspring Study (R01AG058679). For all of these studies, she has been involved in the design and implementation of the necessary clinical and research data collection forms that encompass psychosocial, behavioral, and culturally relevant questions in our cohorts.