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Dr. James Grotta, MD

Vascular Neurology

Dr. James Grotta, MD, is a neurologist with Memorial Hermann Medical Group, the Director of Stroke Research, Clinical Institute for Research and Innovation, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center and the Director, Mobile Stroke Unit Consortium. Dr. Grotta received his education at Dartmouth College and his medical training at the Universities of V...

Dr. James Grotta, MD, is a neurologist with Memorial Hermann Medical Group, the Director of Stroke Research, Clinical Institute for Research and Innovation, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center and the Director, Mobile Stroke Unit Consortium. Dr. Grotta received his education at Dartmouth College and his medical training at the Universities of Virginia and Colorado, and at Massachusetts General Hospital. He spent two years in the U.S. Public Health Service (Indian Health Service).

Dr. Grotta's research focuses on development of new therapies for acute stroke patients.  He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for laboratory studies on the biology of brain injury and recovery in animal stroke models. He has played a leadership role in many clinical research studies of both thrombolytic drugs and cytoprotective agents after stroke. He is presently funded by NIH for a program project to carry out a series of novel pilot studies aimed at amplifying the existing benefits of intravenous TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator).

Dr. Grotta has orchestrated development of a very successful collaborative network between the UT Stroke Team, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston Fire Department-Emergency Medical Services, and other regional stroke centers to increase the delivery of appropriate therapy to a large number of acute stroke patients in Houston. He has extended these efforts to rural areas through regional educational programs and, more recently, telemedicine.

Dr. Grotta has been an editor of the Annals of Neurology, Stroke and many other peer reviewed journals, and has been a member of several NIH and FDA review panels.

He was a recipient of the Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke (1999), Physician of the Year (2006), and the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award (2010), all from the national chapter of the American Heart Association (AHA), and awards for teaching excellence at UT Medical School. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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Locations and Appointments

Call to make an appointment (713) 814-2800

Meet the Provider

Specialties
  • Vascular Neurology
Medical Education

University of Virginia - Registrar 1971

Languages Spoken
  • English
Fellowship

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School 1979

Affiliated Centers
  • Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
  • Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital
Gender

Male

Internship & Residency

New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) 1972, Colorado University School of Medicine-Dept. of Neurology 1977

PCP Number

100000047881

Clinical Interests
  • Stroke
Cities Served

Alief, Bellaire, Houston, Missouri City, Stafford

Zip Codes Served

77001, 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007, 77008, 77009, 77010, ...

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Insurance Accepted

Insurance Providers
  • Aetna Most Benefit Plans
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Memorial Hermann
  • Amerigroup Chip
  • Amerigroup Star
  • Amerigroup Star Plus
  • Amerivantage
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas
  • Blue Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Cigna Most Benefit Plans
  • Community Health Choice Chip
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace QHP
  • Community Health Choice Star
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Medicaid Traditional
  • Medicare Traditional
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage HMO
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage PPO
  • Memorial Hermann Solutions
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare Most Benefit Plans

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In The News

  • Neurology Today Logo

    Fifteen Years of Publication: Then And Now Where Advances Are Revolutionizing Stroke Treatment

    James Grotta, MD, FAAN, director of stroke research and the mobile stroke program at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas and other leading stroke experts look back at the research advances over the last 15 years in diagnosis and treatment — from the emergence of novel an...

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  • Houston Chronicle logo

    Memorial Hermann tries Google Glass to speed stroke treatment

    Dr. James Grotta, director of stroke research in the Clinical Institute for Research & Innovation at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, recently began using Google Glass to communicate medical information with colleagues at the hospital as he responds to 911 emergency calls involving poss...

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  • Houston Chronicle logo

    Nation's first mobile stroke unit unveiled in Houston

    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, in partnership with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, are unveiling the country's first Mobile Stroke Unit Monday.

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  • Cision PR Newswire

    Nation's First Mobile Stroke Unit Successfully Transports First Patient

    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, in partnership with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), is proud to announce that the UTHealth Mobile Stroke Unit has successfully transported and helped save the life of its very first patient.

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  • KPRC 2 logo

    New specialized ambulance is one-of-a-kind for possible stroke victims

    A first of its kind ambulance in the United States, the UTHealth mobile stroke unit, in partnership with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, is now on the streets of Houston.

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  • News Article

    Mobile stroke units bring treatment to patients, potentially improving long-term outcomes

    At least three U.S. medical centers are evaluating the benefits of deploying specially equipped mobile stroke units to respond to emergency calls for patients with suspected strokes.

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