Nationwide Childrens Hospitals Neurology Chief Co-authors Leading Stroke Textbook

March 2, 2010

The first edition of James Toole’s Cerebrovascular Disorders, published in 1967, was the first modern stroke textbook. Now, more than 40 years later and through five editions, a new edition has been released for both specialists and residents.

Cambridge University Press recently released the sixth edition, which has been completely revised by lead author E. Steve Roach, MD, chief of Neurology and vice-chair of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and his fellow co-authors, to keep pace with the rapid expansion of knowledge in stroke care. Through five editions, this textbook has remained one of the standard textbooks on stroke.

This highly respected standard for stroke diagnosis and treatment was fully revised and updated to include evidence-based treatment recommendations, clinical trial results, and up-to-date imaging and diagnostic techniques. With more than 200 illustrations, this textbook also includes new chapters on genetics, pregnancy-related stroke, and acute treatment recommendations.

Dr. Roach’s co-authors include Kerstin Bettermann, MD, PhD, of Penn State College of Medicine, and Jose Biller, MD, chairman of the Department of Neurology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Original author, James Toole, MD, contributed the first chapter on the historical development of the study of stroke.

In the preface, Roach, Bettermann and Biller write, “It is our hope that ours as well as related books will continue to need updates because, despite the extraordinary progress made, there is much still to discover and learn.”

Dr. Roach, also a Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, received his medical degree at the University of Tennessee, and completed his residencies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He came to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2006 with research interests including pediatric stroke and genetic neurological disorders. Dr. Roach wrote the first textbook on cerebrovascular disorders in children and has written or co-authored five other books, along with more than 200 articles and book chapters on stroke and genetic disorders. He was awarded the 2002 Manuel Gomez Award by the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance in Bethesda, Maryland, for his work to improve our understanding of tuberous sclerosis.

NOTE TO EDITOR: Dr. Roach is a resident of 43209

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