Tarakad Ramachandran, MD, has been appointed to the position of Medical Director of Neuroscience Services for Crouse Hospital. Working closely with Crouse’s multidisciplinary stroke team, Dr. Ramachandran will provide leadership to enhance stroke services and further develop a neuroscience center of excellence at Crouse, which is a New York State-designated stroke center.
“One of our strategic initiatives of is to build on and enhance clinical services we’re known for in the community and region,” states Crouse CEO Paul Kronenberg, MD. “Neurosciences (neurology, neurosurgery) is one of these key areas, and we’re thrilled to have someone of Dr. Ramachandran’s caliber and reputation to help further develop this important clinical service.” Dr. Ramachandran has served as chief of neurology at Crouse since 1984.
Highly regarded nationally and internationally as a clinician and educator, Dr. Ramachandran came to Syracuse in 1976 with training in internal medicine from the United Kingdom. After two years of residency and a year of chief residency in neurology at Upstate Medical University, he advanced his training with a year of fellowship in neuromuscular diseases and electrophysiology from Boston University School of Medicine. He returned to Syracuse in 1980 to pursue his career in neurology at Crouse and University hospitals.
Dr. Ramachandran has a strong interest in vascular neurology (stroke medicine) and chaired Crouse’s Operation Stroke Committee from 1996 to 2000. As chief of neurology at Crouse, he was instrumental in creating Crouse’s Stroke Unit, which was the first in the region to be designated with “Gold Plus” performance achievement from the American Stroke Association. He also was active in the creation of the Stroke Unit at Upstate Medical University, from which he retired in 2010.
Dr. Ramachandran is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, which awarded him the A.B. Baker Teaching Award in 2007. Over the years, he has contributed significantly to neurological training and teaching in India as a visiting professor to many of its universities. In the 1980s he helped create a free CT scanning program for the underprivileged in Pune, India. As a delegate of the World Stroke Foundation, he participated in the inauguration of the Regional Asian Stroke Congress and first Indian Stroke Association Meeting, endorsed by the World Stroke Federation at Chennai, India in 2006.
Dr. Ramachandran holds a master’s in business administration from Syracuse University and a master’s in public health from Upstate and Syracuse University.