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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., MS, FAHA, FAAN

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., MS, FAHA, FAAN



  • Neurology (Psychiatry & Neurology)



Clinical Areas

Stroke, patients at risk of stroke, TIA


  • American Board of Psych & Neuro-Neurology


  • Chairman & Professor Department of Neurology
  • Executive Director Evelyn F McKnight Brain Institute
  • Miller Professor of Epidemiology, Public Health Sciences, Human Genetics, and Neurosurgery
  • Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders



1989 M.S.
Columbia University, School of Public Health
1989 Fellowship
Columbia University - College of Physicians and Surgeons
1987 Fellowship
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
1983 M.D.
Boston University, School of Medicine
1979 B.S.
Cornell University, College of Engineering


Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS, is the Chairman of Neurology, Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, Miller Professor of Neurology, Epidemiology and Public Health Sciences, Human Genetics, and Neurosurgery, Executive Director of the Evelyn McKnight Brain Institute at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, and Chief of the Neurology Service at Jackson Memorial Hospital. 

A graduate of Cornell University in Bio-electrical Engineering and a cum laude graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, he also holds an MS in Epidemiology from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health.  Dr. Sacco completed his neurology residency training and postdoctoral training in Stroke and Epidemiology at Columbia Presbyterian in New York. He was previously Professor of Neurology, Chief of Stroke and Critical Care Division, and Associate Chairman at Columbia University before taking his current position as Chairman of Neurology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

He is the Principal Investigator of the NINDS-funded Northern Manhattan Study, the Florida Puerto Rico Collaboration to Reduce Stroke Disparities, and the Family Study of Stroke Risk and Carotid Atherosclerosis, as well as co-investigator of multiple other NIH grants.  He has also been the Co-Chair of international stroke treatment and prevention trials. Dr. Sacco has published extensively with over 425 peer-reviewed articles and 102 invited articles in the areas of stroke prevention, treatment, epidemiology, risk factors, vascular cognitive impairment, human genetics and stroke recurrence. His research has also addressed stroke and vascular disparities. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including, the Feinberg Award of Excellence in Clinical Stroke, the Chairman’s Award from the American Heart Association, and the NINDS Javits Award in Neuroscience.  He has lectured extensively at national and international meetings.


Dr. Sacco is a fellow of both the Stroke and Epidemiology Councils of the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Neurological Association. He currently serves as President-elect of the American Academy of Neurology.  He is also a member of the American Association of Physicians.  Dr. Sacco has been a member of the World Stroke Organization since 2008.  He currently chairs the Research Committee - 2012-2016, and is on the Board of Directors - 2012-2016.

He was the first neurologist to serve as the President of the American Heart Association, 2010-2011, and is the past Co-Chair of the American Heart Association’s International Committee



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