Babak Benjamin Navi   Chief, Stroke and Hospital Neurology

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Babak Navi, MD, MS, is a native New Yorker who received his medical degree from New York University, where he graduated with honors. He completed a residency in neurology at the Weill Cornell Medical Center and served as the Chief Resident in his final year. He completed a fellowship in vascular neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also became certified in comprehensive neurosonology. In 2011, Dr. Navi joined the neurology faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College. Here, he received a Masters of Science in Research from the Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Dr. Navi is currently an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience and the Division Chief of Stroke and Hospital Neurology. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Weill Cornell Stroke Center.

Dr. Navi is an expert on the relationship between cancer and stroke. He has published numerous studies on this topic and led the first randomized trial to compare different blood thinning strategies for patients with cancer and stroke. Dr. Navi has also conducted research studies on stroke of undetermined cause, stroke during pregnancy, cerebrovascular presentations of dizziness, and physicians' ability to prognosticate in severe brain injury. His work has been published in leading medical journals, including the NEJMJAMA, JACC, Annals of NeurologyNeurology, JAMA NeurologyCritical Care Medicine, and Stroke. Dr. Navi has been awarded several research grants during his career, including a KL2 grant, K23 grant, and the Florence Gould Endowment for Discovery in Stroke. He has considerable experience in conducting clinical trials and served as the Cornell Site Principal Investigator for the landmark POINT trial. Dr. Navi is also an Associate Editor for the journal Neurohospitalist and the Associate Director of the Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Unit (CTNU) within the Cornell Brain and Mind Research Institute. He received the Young Heart Award from the American Heart Association New York Chapter in 2017. 


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