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The NCH Advantage • Expertise

A multidisciplinary team of experienced, board-certified physicians

Thanks to the expertise of our Primary Stroke Center’s co-directors, Laura Goldstein, MD, and Ali Shaibani, MD, we have broadened our ability to provide care for patients with acute stroke symptoms and other neurological disorders.

Leading experts, here for you

Every patient at the Primary Stroke Center benefits from our expertise in managing all aspects of stroke symptoms, stroke complications and related issues, including signs of a mini stroke.

The entire NCH Stroke Team of emergency physicians, advanced practice nurses, certified stroke neurologists, board-certified neurosurgeons and neurointerventional surgery specialists, radiologists, medical technicians and spiritual advisors work together seamlessly to offer stroke patients the level of care usually found in university medical centers.

Clinical expertise from the leader in neurointerventional surgery

Richard W. Broderick, MD

Dr. Broderick is board-certified in neurological surgery. After attending Loyola University for medical school, he completed his internship and residency at the University of Kentucky.

Laura G. Goldstein, MD

Dr. Goldstein is board-certified in neurology. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan, she completed her internship and residency there as well. She also completed a fellowship at the University of Iowa.

Ali Shaibani, MD—Director, NeuroInterventional Surgery

Dr. Shaibani is board-certified in diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology. He is also an Associate professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and he is the director of Pediatric Interventional Neuroradiology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Shaibani completed his neuroendovascular fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He also trained under the tutelage of the first interventional neuroradiologist in the state of Illinois, Dr. Eric Russell. Dr. Shaibani and Timothy Carroll, a biomedical engineer, have been recognized for their research in determining the extent of brain injury suffered by stroke victims.

Ronald G. Thomas, MD

Dr. Thomas is board-certified in emergency medicine and currently works in the Northwest Community Hospital Emergency Room. After medical school at the University of New Mexico Medical Center, he interned at Indiana University Medical Center before completing his residency at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Personalized, ongoing support from our stroke teams

Jennifer Fox, RN, MSN, ACNP, CCRN

Jenny is an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) specializing in neurological care. Jenny works closely with the neurointerventional radiologists on pre-procedure and post-procedure care. Jenny is a graduate of the Loyola University Nurse Practitioner Program and a certified nurse practitioner. Jenny has more than 10 years of critical care nursing experience. Jenny is board-certified by the ANCC as an ANCP and certified by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses as a critical care nurse.

Janice Lau, RN, MSN, APN, CNRN

Jan is NCH's Stroke Program coordinator and involved in the entire stroke care process. She is a clinical nurse specialist with thirty years of experience in critical care and education. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Northern Illinois University and is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a CNS. In addition, she is certified as a tobacco treatment specialist through the Mayo Clinic and provides tobacco cessation strategies with personal risk reduction education. Jan also is a certified Yoga instructor, providing stress reduction through yoga practice, and she has taught yoga to cardiovascular and pulmonary clients in hospital settings.


Julie is an acute care nurse practitioner with thirty years of experience in critical care and neurosurgery. She obtained both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in nursing from Loyola University Chicago. Additionally, Julie is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an ACNP and is certified through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses as a critical care registered nurse and a cardiac surgery specialist. She will act as a link between you and your physicians, coordinating your care and treatment for stroke symptoms or signs of a mini stroke and scheduling. She will help you and your family understand your stroke treatment options and provide care, services and resources.

For emergency or urgent intra-hospital transfers, please call our 24-hour Stroke Hotline at 847.618.8888.

To get a physician referral for your neurological care, call HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968), view our team of stroke care specialists, or use our online tool to find a physician who is right for you.

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Last Updated 11/23/2011