Newport Neurology Stroke Program

A stroke is the sudden onset of focal neurological symptoms due to a sudden injury to the brain.  The symptoms that occur are dependent on the part of the brain involved, but may include sudden onset of weakness and/or numbness on one side of the body, sudden change in speech or vision, or the worst headache of your life.  A stroke can be caused by either a blood clot blocking the flow of blood to the brain or by bleeding in the brain.

Stroke Warning Signs

Use the FAST pneumonic to quickly identify stroke symptoms

F.A.S.T is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you notice these signs, it is important to react quickly in getting help but time is of the essence.

Stroke signs


Ask the person to smile. Does one side of his face droop?


Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?


Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?


If you observe any of these signs, call 9-11 immediately

When a stroke occurs, time is of the essence

The physicians of Newport Neurospecialists and Newport Neurohospitalists are a unique group of specially trained hospital based physicians with specialized training and experience in treating stroke patients.

The Hoag Stroke Program Medical Director, Dr. David Brown, is a subspecialty fellowship trained Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease trained Neurologist who directs the care for stroke patients at Hoag Hospital and in the outpatient clinic setting. For ischemic (blood clot) strokes, time is of the essence. Acute therapies include tPA (a clot busting medicine) or Intra-arterial treatments to remove the clot.

David Brown, MD Medical Director Hoag Stroke Program

David Brown, MD

David Brown is a Neurologist and fellowship trained Stroke Specialist who has been voted one of the top Neurologists in Orange County. He is one of only a few Stroke Specialists in the county to see patients in the outpatient setting.

David Brown has been the Medical Director of the Hoag Stroke Program since 2013. The Hoag Stroke Program is rated top in Orange County, top 5% nationally and is one of the highest volume centers in California.

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Jonathan Russin, MD

Jonathan Russin, MD

Jonathan Russin, MD has been an integral member of the neurosurgery team at the Pickup Family Neuroscience Institute since 2016. He serves as the primary cerebrovascular
microsurgical resource to support the neurosurgical and neuroendovascular programs at
the Hoag Comprehensive Stroke Center.

In addition, he is also a key member of the Hoag Comprehensive Epilepsy Program supporting the microsurgical resections.

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