Meet Our Team
The Mount Sinai Stroke Center faculty and staff include:
Stanley Tuhrim, MD is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Stroke Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Tuhrim received a BA from Haverford College and an MD from the Icahn School of Medicine. He completed an internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, a neurology residency at Mount Sinai and a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease at the University of Maryland, before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1984, where he also pursued graduate studies in computer science. He returned to Mount Sinai in 1987 to organize the Gustave L. Levy Acute Stroke Unit and develop Mount Sinai’s Stroke Program which now includes five vascular neurologists and two fellows. Under his leadership, Mount Sinai was among the first in the nation to obtain ACGME approval for its Stroke Fellowship.
Dr. Tuhrim’s research interests include computer-assisted medical decision-making and disease management, stroke epidemiology, carotid endarterectomy, and clinical trials. He was the principal investigator of the Minorities Risk Factors and Stroke Study (MRFASS) which identified and compared risk factors for stroke and recurrent stroke among African-Americans, Latinos and non-Latino whites. In cooperation with Mount Sinai’s Department of Health Evidence and Policy, Dr. Tuhrim also led a project to determine the extent of underuse of proven stroke prevention therapies and is currently studying an intervention to remedy this.
Mandip Dhamoon, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Neurology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Dhamoon received a BA from Williams College and an MD from the Icahn School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Jacobi Medical Center, and a neurology residency and fellowship in cerebrovascular disease and neuroepidemiology at Columbia University. He received an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Dhamoon’s research interests include stroke epidemiology, functional recovery and quality of life after stroke.
Deborah Horowitz, MD is Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and cerebrovascular disease specialist at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Horowitz received an MD from the Icahn School of Medicine and joined the neurology faculty and stroke service in 1991 after completing a neurology residency and fellowship in stroke and cerebrovascular disease at The Mount Sinai Hospital. In addition to being an active member of the stroke program, Dr. Horowitz is one of two vascular neurologists who perform carotid duplex studies and transcranial Dopplers in the neurovascular laboratory. Dr. Horowitz’s research interests and publications are in the areas of stroke mechanisms, cerebral hemodynamics and neurovascular imaging.
Kara Sheinart, MD is Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Sheinart received a BA from the Johns Hopkins University and an MD from SUNY Downstate School of Medicine. She completed an internship, a neurology residency and a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease at The Mount Sinai Hospital before joining the faculty in 1995, where she also pursued graduate studies in public health.
Dr. Sheinart’s research interests include prevention of recurrent stroke, stroke epidemiology, and clinical trials. She was the principal investigator of the Recurrent Stroke Risk in Minorities Study from 1997 through 2002. This study sought to identify risk factors for recurrent stroke among African-Americans, Latinos and non-Latino whites. Dr. Sheinart has an active clinical practice at the Faculty Practice Associates of The Mount Sinai Hospital and serves as an Attending Physician on the stroke service.
Jesse Weinberger, MD is Professor of Neurology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Weinberger received a BA from University of Pennsylvania and an MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a neurology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, served as research associate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Cerebrovascular Research Center, and returned to Mount Sinai’s Department of Neurology in 1978. In addition to being an active member of the stroke program, Dr. Weinberger is one of two vascular neurologists who perform carotid duplex studies and transcranial dopplers in the neurovascular laboratory.
Barbara Callas, RN is a Quality Research Analyst in the Department of Quality Assessment and Improvement at The Mount Sinai Hospital. She is a registered professional nurse with more than 30 years of experience caring for patients in diverse settings ranging from surgical intensive care units to home hospice. At the Mount Sinai Stroke Center, Barbara is responsible for data abstraction and other quality improvement activities to ensure sustained compliance with the standards of the Joint Commission and the New York State Department of Health.
Tara Roche MS, RN, has worked in the field of Neuroscience since 1996. Tara serves as coordinator of the New York State Department of Health-designated and Joint Commission-certified primary stroke center at Mount Sinai Queens. She is a certified neuroscience and stroke nurse through the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Previously, Tara was a staff nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Beth Israel North Division and Nurse Manager of the Stroke Step Down Unit and Neurology floor at Beth Israel Medical Center Petrie Division for eight years.
Danielle Wheelwright, MN, RN has been working in the Neurosciences field for over 10 years. She has spent time working in Australia undertaking the roles of Clinical Nurse Educator (Neurosciences) and Clinical Nurse Consultant (Stroke) at St. Vincent's Hospital Sydney and throughout this obtained a Masters of Clinical Nursing in Neurosciences. Since moving to New York, Danielle has spent time working in Neurocritical Care research before moving into her current role as Clinical Program Manager of the Comprehensive Stroke Service here at Mount Sinai Hospital.