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Good Sam Appoints Director of Stroke & Brain Center

August 28th, 2017


West Islip, N.Y. (August 28, 2017) – Kimon Bekelis, MD, has been named Director of the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Excellence at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and Co-Director of the Medical Center’s Neuro Intensive Care Unit. In addition, Dr. Bekelis will be the Chairman of Neurointerventional Services and Director of Population Health Research Institute of New York for Catholic Health Services.

After completing medical school, Dr. Bekelis spent a year as a postdoctoral research fellow in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then completed his neurosurgery residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. He received his Fellowship in Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, one of the largest stroke centers in the country, where he performed more than 1,000 neuro-interventional procedures.

The Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center will be the only program of its kind on the south shore of Long Island and will fill a significant void throughout Suffolk County by offering the latest medical advancements to treat cerebral aneurysms, carotid disease, cerebral hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformations, neurovascular pathology and subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The Medical Center has more than 3,438 employees and 900 physicians on staff and had nearly 26,000 patient admissions and nearly 90,000 emergency department visits in 2016. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. For more information, visit