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2017 RAISE Award: Outstanding Individual

Howard Yonas, MD

Howard Yonas, M.D. is the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Dr. Yonas is recognized throughout the world as an expert in cerebral blood flow and metabolism. Dr. Yonas’s work in promoting stroke awareness and state-of-the-art treatment options for stroke patients in New Mexico is something that has never been done on the scale he has achieved. Since joining UNM he has initiated several projects to improve the health of New Mexicans; these include the development of a 24 bed state-of-the-art Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit, the development of a multi-specialty neuroscience outpatient clinic, and the development of a statewide telemedicine network for the evaluation and management of acute stroke. Dr. Yonas has given countless lectures and education on stroke causes, treatments, rehabilitation, and advances in the field. He works with community members, government, and not-for-profit agencies to find resources and help stroke patients and their families. He led the efforts of the UNM Hospital to become stroke certified, and is currently leading efforts to receive comprehensive stroke status. To reflect on his care of fellow humans is but a small remark in comparison to all the outstanding contributions he has made to the world of neurosurgical and stroke care that will last long after his distinguished career.

 

 

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