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Ramesh Madhavan, MD

Ramesh Madhaven, MD
Director of Telemedicine, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

Dr. Madhavan is the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Medical Director of Telemedicine and has served as the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Assistant Professor and Director of Telemedicine since 2006. In 2009, he became the Neurology Residency Program Director. He has been given the additional responsibility of Associate Chief Medical Officer, Informatics, Wayne State University Physician Group since May 2010. He was a member of the Department of Neurology in Mubarak Al Kabir Hospital, Kuwait University, Kuwait and Sree Ramachandra Medical University, Chennai, India, prior to moving to the United States.

Dr. Madhavan holds a graduate degree from the Madras Medical College in Madras, India, and earned his medical degree at Kasturba Medical College in Madras. He completed internships at the Government General Hospital in Madras and at Wayne State University. Dr. Madhavan completed four residencies: Dermatology at Madras Medical College, Internal Medicine at Kasturba Medical College, Neurology at Madras Medical College and Neurology at Wayne State University. He completed a fellowship in Neurology and stroke at Wayne State University. His interest is in Vascular Neurology. Dr. Madhavan’s research and clinical interests are in stroke, telemedicine and development of newer technologies in the field of Medicine. He is leading the effort for the incorporation of telemedicine for acute stroke treatment. The Wayne State University/ Detroit Medical Center system-wide stroke initiative got under way in June 2007.

The new paradigms in stroke care include Tele-Stroke and the use of uniform stroke order sets. In Tele-Stroke, the patient is examined by one of the eight, stroke team attending physicians with the help of the robot and the onsite Emergency Department physician. Images and results are seen remotely by the stroke neurologist and treatment decisions made. During the past
three years, the project has been found to be effective and improved stroke care in the participating hospitals.