Mahesh Jayaraman, an interventional neuroradiologist at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, USA—who has led national efforts to improve stroke systems of care in the USA—has been named the 2023 president of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS), a scientific and educational association dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurointerventional surgery.
As president, Jayaraman will lead the SNIS in all its endeavours to enhance the field, according to a press release. SNIS members work to promote research, standard-setting, education and advocacy regarding diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, spine, head, and neck. With more than 1,000 members worldwide, the society is committed to providing the highest quality of patient care through these minimally invasive procedures, the release adds.
“SNIS and its members dedicate themselves to pursuing excellence in the growing specialty of neurointervention,” said Jayaraman. “I am honoured to collaborate with neurointerventionists around the globe to learn and innovate, all to ensure our patients receive the best treatment and outcomes. We look forward to an exciting year of partnership and opportunity.”
Jayaraman’s work has been published in more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters. His clinical and research interests include improving outcomes of stroke patients—especially those with emergent large vessel occlusion.
He is a professor of Diagnostic Imaging, Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Providence, USA), and the director of the Neurovascular Center at Rhode Island Hospital.
Outside of his clinical work, Jayaraman has helped lead the SNIS’ effort to update stroke protocols across the USA through its Get Ahead of Stroke campaign. These policy changes help ensure that patients experiencing a severe stroke are transported directly to a Level 1 stroke centre by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. He championed this work in Rhode Island, resulting in state-wide policy changes in 2016. To date, roughly 40 states have regional or state-wide severity-based triage and transport protocols.
Johanna Fifi, an interventional neurologist at Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, USA), is now president-elect of the SNIS, and Guilherme Dabus, an interventional neuroradiologist at the Miami Neuroscience Institute of Baptist Health (Miami, USA), has been elected vice president. Additional 2023 board members include treasurer Justin Fraser (University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA), secretary Peter Kan (University of Texas Medical Branch [UTMB], Galveston, USA), and education chair Jeremy Heit (Stanford University, Stanford, USA).
J Mocco (Mount Sinai, New York, USA) is now the association’s immediate past president, while Michael Chen (Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA) is second past president.