Lakshmi Shankar, MD

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    Research interests

    Dr.  Lakshmi Shankar’s clinical research focuses on improving care delivery to pregnant women who have neurological illness. She is also involved in mentoring resident quality improvement projects to improve residents’ understanding and documentation of stroke types.

    Teaching and educational interests

    Dr. Lakshmi Shankar has a strong interest in the education of medical students, residents, fellows and advanced practice providers, with a focus on stroke, evidence-based medicine and women's neurology.

    Clinical interests

    Dr. Lakshmi Shankar is a fellowship-trained vascular neurologist and faculty member at Penn State Health's comprehensive stroke center. Her clinical interests include stroke prevention, acute management of stroke in the emergency department and hospitalized patients, telestroke consultation and stroke recovery and rehabilitation. She has a strong interest in stroke care of women and gender minorities.

    Her other clinical interests include the treatment of less-common strokes, including central nervous system vasculitis, cervical artery dissection, reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, cryptogenic stroke and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.

    Professional information

    Board-certified in neuroimaging, American Society of Neuroimaging, 2014 (recertified in 2017)

    Board-certified in vascular neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2014

    Board-certified in neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2013

    Education/Academic qualification

    Neurology, Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic


    Neurology, Residency, University of Toledo


    MBBS, University of Chennai Stanley Medical College



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