The Department of Neurology encourages lifelong learning for faculty, staff, fellows, and residents. From weekly grand rounds hosted by the Department to international conferences, Vanderbilt neurologists regularly attend and lead events that facilitate individual education and the advancement of the field.

See below for a list of major conferences, lectures and events. (Please note, some dates and details subject to change due to COVID-19 precautions.)

Annual Harold 'Jobe' Bernard Stroke and Neurosciences Symposium

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Date And Time


Virtual Meeting

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Target Audience

Biomedical Informatics, Health Policy, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Medicine, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Social Work

Activity Description

The 23rd Annual Harold ‘Jobe’ Bernard Stroke and Neurosciences Symposium will provide participants the ability to get up to date on the guidelines, new clinical trials and local and global developments in vascular neurology. This year's event will be held online and feature experts from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Stanford University, Duke University, and New York University. Featured topics include stroke and the COVID-19 pandemic, management of carotid artery disease and atrial fibrillation for stroke prevention and advances in stroke rehabilitation.

CME Credit Designation

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives

ACCME Objectives:

  1. Approaches for managing stroke patients with complications caused by COVID-19
  2. Diagnosis and treatment of common and uncommon carotid artery diseases
  3. Priorities of acute care of patients with intracerebral hemorrhage
  4. Strategies for applying clinical guidelines for managing stroke patients with tPA in common and uncommon situations.

Faculty Disclosure

It is the policy of Vanderbilt University Medical Center to require disclosure of financial relationships from individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity; to identify and resolve conflicts of interest related to those relationships; and to make disclosure information available to the audience prior to the CME activity. Presenters are required to disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations.


Friday, October 16, presented in Central Time

Welcome and overview - Developments topics in stroke care
Stroke in the Time of Coronavirus: Coagulopathy and Care Delivery
Matthew Schrag, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt Neurology
Year in Review: New Clinical Trial Results
Sonja Chaparala, MD, Vanderbilt Neurology
Update on Stroke Prevention
Howard Kirshner, MD, Vanderbilt Neurology
Stroke Care in Medically Complex Patients
Karl Misulis, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt Neurology
10:00-10:30 EXHIBITS/BREAK
Hypertension and Stroke
Eva Mistry, MBBS, Vanderbilt Neurology
Keynote talk
Greg Albers, MD, Stanford University
Modern management of atherosclerotic carotid disease
Matthew Fusco, MD, Vanderbilt Neurosurgery
Carotid webs, fibromuscular dysplasia and dissections
Brian Mac Grory, MB BCh, MRCP (UK), Duke University
Thrombolysis for stroke: expanding indications and time window
Dennis Cole, MD, Vanderbilt Neurology
Management of acute intracerebral hemorrhage: surviving the transfer
Jennifer Burba, MD, Vanderbilt Neurology
3:00-3:15 BREAK
Cardioembolic stroke – new approaches to treatment and prevention
Shadi Yaghi, MD, New York University
Stroke rehabilitation – building an evidence base
Barton Huddleston, MD, Vanderbilt Physical Medicine and Rehab
Policy/Advocacy Talk
AHA representative
Case Based Learning
Derek Riebau, MD, Vanderbilt Neurology


Where are the events held?

All sessions will be held via Zoom for registered attendees only. Agenda is presented in Central Time.

How do I receive my CME or Attendance credit for the symposium?

Symposium attendees will claim credit via text and the online CME Cloud system online at the conclusion of the symposium for CME, ACNN, or Attendance credit. Attendees should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Certificates will be available online through the CME Cloud system. Additional directions will be provided following the symposium.

I am not able to attend for the full day. What are my options?

Symposium registration is offered for the full conference only. Attendees may choose to attend as many or as few sessions as they like.

What if I have to cancel?

There is a 30 day cancellation policy.

What if the conference is cancelled?

In the event of cancellation or rescheduling of this CME activity due to unforeseen circumstances, Vanderbilt University Medical Center will refund registration fees in full.