Hooman Kamel, M.D.

Hooman Kamel

Dr. Hooman Kamel earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard College and his MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained as a neurology resident and a neurocritical care fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. As a member of our stroke and critical care division, his clinical responsibilities involve caring for patients admitted to our stroke unit and neurological intensive care unit.

As an assistant professor, Dr. Kamel maintains an active research program, and has published studies in leading journals in the fields of neurology, stroke, and critical care. His research on the link between cardiac arrhythmias and stroke is funded by the National Institutes of Health. He is also an academic editor for PLOS One and an associate editor for Journal Watch Neurology, which publishes influential editorials about research developments for practicing physicians around the country.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]


Articles in professional peer-reviewed journals:

Kamel H, Lees KR, Lyden PD, Teal PA, Shuaib A, Ali M, Johnston SC. Delayed detection of atrial fibrillation after ischemic stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2009;18:453-457.

Kamel H, Cornes SB, Hegde M, Hall SE, Josephson SA. Electroconvulsive therapy for refractory status epilepticus: a case series. Neurocrit Care. 2010;12:204-210.

Kamel H, Hegde M, Johnson DR, Gage BF, Johnston SC. Cost-effectiveness of outpatient cardiac monitoring to detect atrial fibrillation after ischemic stroke. Stroke. 2010;41:1514-1520.

Kamel H, Navi BB, Nakagawa K, Hemphill JC, Ko NU. Hypertonic saline versus mannitol for the treatment of elevated intracranial pressure: a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Crit Care Med. 2011;39:554-559.

Nakagawa K, Hills NK, Kamel H, Morabito D, Patel PV, Manley GT, Hemphill JC. The effect of decompressive hemicraniectomy on brain temperature after severe brain injury. Neurocrit Care. 2011;15:101-106.

Wilkins EG, Kamel H, Johnston EC, Shalev SM, Josephson SA. Ischemic stroke of the pyramidal decussation causing quadriplegia and anarthria. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2012;21:620. Epub 2011 Mar 16.

Kamel H, Johnson DR, Hegde M, Go AS, Sidney S, Sorel M, Hills NK, Johnston SC. Detection of atrial fibrillation after stroke and the risk of recurrent stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2012;21:726-731. Epub 2011 May 3.

Kamel H, Navi BB, Hemphill JC. A rule to identify patients who require magnetic resonance imaging after intracerebral hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care. 2013;18:59-63. Epub 2011 Jul 15.

Kamel H, Dhaliwal G, Navi BB, Pease AR, Shah M, Dhand A, Johnston SC, Josephson SA. A randomized trial of hypothesis-driven versus screening neurologic examination. Neurology. 2011;77:1395-1400.

Navi BB, Kamel H, Sidney S, Klingman JG, Nguyen-Huynh MN, Johnston SC. Validation of the Stroke Prognostic Instrument-II in a large, modern, community-based cohort of ischemic stroke survivors. Stroke. 2011;42:3392-3396.

Flint AC, Kamel H, Navi BB, Rao VA, Faigeles BS, Conell C, Klingman JG, Sidney S, Hills NK, Sorel M, Cullen SP, Johnston SC. Statin use during ischemic stroke hospitalization is strongly associated with improved post-stroke survival. Stroke. 2012;43:147-154.

Edwards NJ, Kamel H, Josephson SA. The safety of intravenous thrombolysis for ischemic stroke in patients with pre-existing cerebral aneurysms. Stroke. 2012;43:412-416.

Navi BB, Kamel H, McCulloch CE, Nakagawa K, Naravetla B, Moheet AM, Wong C, Johnston SC, Hemphill JC III, Smith WS. Accuracy of neurovascular fellows’ prognostication of outcome after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Stroke. 2012;43:702-707.

Kamel H, Johnson SC, Easton JD, Kim AS. Cost-effectiveness of dabigatran compared with warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation and prior stroke or transient ischemic attack. Stroke. 2012;43:881-883.

Kamel H, Navi BB, Fahimi J. National trends in ambulance use by patients with stroke, 1997-2008. JAMA. 2012;307:1026-1028.

Navi BB, Kamel H, Shah MP, Grossman AW, Wong C, Poisson SN, Whetstone WD, Josephson SA, Johnston SC, Kim AS. Application of the ABCD2 score to identify cerebrovascular causes of dizziness in the emergency department. Stroke. 2012;43:1484-1489.

Flint AC, Kamel H, Navi BB, Rao VA, Faigeles BS, Conell C, Klingman JG, Hills N, Nguyen-Huynh M, Cullen SP, Sidney S, Johnston SC. Inpatient statin use predicts improved ischemic stroke discharge disposition. Neurology. 2012;78:1678-1683.

Kamel H, Johnston SC, Kirkham JC, Turner CG, Kizer JR, Devereux RB, Iadecola C. Association between major perioperative hemorrhage and stroke or Q-wave myocardial infarction. Circulation. 2012;126:207-212.

Kamel H, Hemphill JC. Characteristics and sequelae of intracranial hypertension after intracerebral hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care. 2012;17:172-176.

Kamel H, Betjemann JP, Navi BB, Hegde M, Meisel K, Douglas VC, Josephson SA. Diagnostic yield of electroencephalography in the medical and surgical intensive care unit. Neurocrit Care. 2013;19:336-341. Epub 2012 Jul 21.

Flint AC, Kamel H, Rao VA, Cullen SP, Faigeles BS, Smith WS. Validation of the Totaled Health Risks in Vascular Events (THRIVE) score for outcome prediction in endovascular stroke treatment. Int J Stroke. 2014;9:32-39. Epub 2012 Aug 29.

Navi BB, Kamel H, Hemphill JC, Smith WS. Trajectory of functional recovery after hospital discharge for subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care. 2012;17:343-347.

Navi BB, Kamel H, Shah MP, Grossman AW, Wong C, Poisson SN, Whetstone WD, Josephson SA, Johnston SC, Kim AS. The use of neuroimaging studies and neurological consultation to evaluate dizzy patients in the emergency department. Neurohospitalist. 2013;3:7-14. Epub 2012 Sep 14.

Kamel H, Easton JD, Johnson SC, Kim AS. Cost-effectiveness of apixaban vs warfarin for secondary stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. Neurology. 2012;79:1428-1434.

Navi BB, Kamel H, Shah MP, Grossman AW, Wong C, Poisson SN, Whetstone WD, Josephson SA, Johnston SC, Kim AS. Rate and predictors of serious neurological causes of dizziness in the emergency department. Mayo Clin Proc. 2012;87:1080-1088.

Gupta A, Chazen JL, Hartman M, Delgado D, Anumuula N, Shao H, Mazumdar M, Segal AZ, Kamel H, Leifer D, Sanelli PC. Cerebrovascular reserve and stroke risk in patients with carotid stenosis or occlusion: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Stroke. 2012;43:2884-2891.

Kamel H, Patel N, Rao VA, Cullen SP, Faigeles BS, Smith WS, Flint AC. The Totaled Health Risks in Vascular Events (THRIVE) score predicts outcomes of ischemic stroke independently of thrombolytic therapy. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013;22:1111-1116. Epub 2012 Nov 2.

Kamel H, Fahimi J, Govindarajan P, Navi BB. Nationwide patterns of hospitalization after transient ischemic attack. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013;22:e142-145. Epub 2012 Nov 10.

Kamel H, Navi BB, Elijovich L, Josephson SA, Yee AH, Fung G, Johnston SC, Smith WS. Pilot randomized trial of outpatient cardiac monitoring after cryptogenic stroke. Stroke. 2013;44:528-530.

Kamel H, Elkind MSV, Bhave PD, Navi BB, Okin PM, Iadecola C, Devereux RB, Fink ME. Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia and the risk of ischemic stroke. Stroke. 2013;44:1550-1554.

Guterman EL, Kamel H, Azran C, Shah MP, Hemphill JC, Smith WS, Navi BB. Time from onset of SIRS to antibiotic administration and outcomes after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care. Epub 2013 Jul 10.

Fahimi J, Navi BB, Kamel H. Potential misdiagnosis of Bell’s palsy in the emergency department. Ann Emerg Med. Epub 2013 Jul 18.

Flint AC, Faigeles BS, Cullen SP, Kamel H, Rao VA, Gupta R, Smith WS, Bath PM, Donnan GA. The THRIVE score predicts ischemic stroke outcomes and thrombolytic hemorrhage risk in the Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive (VISTA). Stroke. 2013;44:3365-3369.

Gupta A, Baradaran H, Schweitzer AD, Kamel H, Pandya A, Delgado D, Dunning A, Mushlin AI, Sanelli PC. Carotid plaque MRI and stroke risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Stroke. 2013;44:3071-3077.

Walcott BP, Kamel H, Castro B, Kimberly WT, Sheth KN. Tracheostomy following severe ischemic stroke: a population based study. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. Epub 2013 Oct 5.

Mangla A, Navi BB, Layton K, Kamel H. Transient global amnesia and the risk of ischemic stroke. Stroke. 2014;45:389-393.

Gupta A, Baradaran H, Kamel H, Pandya A, Mangla A, Dunning A, Marshall RS, Sanelli PC. Evaluation of computed tomography angiography plaque thickness measurements in high-grade carotid artery stenosis. Stroke. Epub 2014 Feb 4.

Kuceyeski A, Kamel H, Navi BB, Raj A, Iadecola C. Predicting future brain tissue loss from white matter connectivity disruption in ischemic stroke. Stroke. Epub 2014 Feb 12.

Kamel H, Navi BB, Sriram N, Hovsepian DA, Devereux RB, Elkind MSV. Risk of a thrombotic event after the 6-week postpartum period. N Eng J Med. Epub 2014 Feb 13.

Merkler AE, Saini V, Kamel H, Stieg PE. Preoperative steroid use and the risk of infectious complications after neurosurgery. Neurohospitalist. 2014;4:80-85.

Ishii M, Lavi E, Kamel H, Gupta A, Iadecola C, Navi B. Amyloid beta-related central nervous system angiitis presenting with an isolated seizure. Neurohospitalist. 2014;4:86-89.

Hovsepian DA, Sriram N, Kamel H, Fink ME, Navi BB. Acute cerebrovascular disease occurring after hospital discharge for labor and delivery. Stroke. 2014;45:1947-1950.

Chen CL, Fitzpatrick LJ, Kamel H. Who uses the emergency department for dermatologic care? A statewide analysis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014;71:308-313.

Navi BB, Singer S, Merkler AE, Cheng NT, Stone JB, Kamel H, Iadecola C, Elkind MSV, DeAngelis LM. Recurrent thromboembolic events after ischemic stroke in patients with cancer. Neurology. 2014;83:26-33.

Flint AC, Gupta R, Smith WS, Kamel H, Faigeles BS, Cullen SP, Rao VA, Bath PM, Wahlgren N, Ahmed N, Donnan GA on behalf of the SITS International and VISTA-plus Investigators. The THRIVE score predicts symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage after intravenous tPA administration in SITS-MOST. Int J Stroke. 2014;9:705-710.

Gialdini G, Nearing K, Bhave PD, Bonuccelli U, Iadecola C, Healey JS, Kamel H. Perioperative atrial fibrillation and the long-term risk of ischemic stroke. JAMA. 2014;312:1-7. 

Navi BB, Singer S, Merkler AE, Cheng NT, Stone JB, Kamel H, Iadecola C, Elkind MSV, DeAngelis LM. Cryptogenic subtype predicts reduced survival among cancer patients with ischemic stroke. Stroke. 2014;45:2292-2297.

Kamel H, Soliman EZ, Heckbert SR, Kronmal RA, Longstreth WT Jr, Nazarian S, Okin PM. P-wave morphology and the risk of incident stroke in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Stroke. 2014;45:2786-2788. 

Flint AC, Conell C, Rao VA, Klingman JG, Sidney S, Johnston SC, Hemphill JC III, Kamel H, Davis S, Donnan G. Statin use during hospitalization for intracerebral hemorrhage: impact on mortality and discharge disposition. JAMA Neurology. 2014;71:1364-1371. PMID: 25244578.

Shalev D, Kamel H. Risk of reintubation in neurosurgical patients. Neurocrit Care. Epub 2014 Aug 16.

Pandya A, Gupta A, Kamel H, Navi BB, Sanelli PC, Schackman BR. Carotid artery stenosis: cost-effectiveness of cerebrovascular reserve assessment to guide management of patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis. Radiology. Epub 2014 Sep 16.

Gupta A, Kesavabhotla K, Baradaran H, Kamel H, Pandya A, Giambrone AE, Wright D, Pain KJ, Mtui EE, Suri JS, Sanelli PC, Mushlin AI. Plaque echolucency and stroke risk in asymptomatic carotid stenosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Stroke. Epub 2014 Nov 18.

Books, book chapters, editorials, and reviews:

Kamel H. Neurology. In: Lai C, Mazotti L, Shah SS, eds. Hospitalist Handbook. 3rd ed. San Francisco, CA: UCSF; 2009.

Kamel H, Smith WS. Detection of atrial fibrillation and secondary stroke prevention using telemetry and ambulatory cardiac monitoring. Current Atherosclerosis Reports. 2011;13:338-343.

Bhave PD, Kamel H. Atrial fibrillation in the otherwise healthy patient: still a cause for concern. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171:1848-1849.

Kamel H, Iadecola C. Brain-immune interactions and ischemic stroke: clinical implications. Arch Neurol. 2012;69:576-581.

Kamel H. Tracking down atrial fibrillation in the stroke unit. Stroke. 2012;43:2541-2542.

Bhave PD, Kamel H. New onset of atrial fibrillation in the hospitalized patient. J Hosp Med. Epub 2013 Jan 25.

Kamel H. Heart-rhythm monitoring for evaluation of cryptogenic stroke. N Eng J Med. 2014;370:2532-2533. 

Honors and Awards


1998 – John Harvard Scholarship, Harvard

2000 – Undergraduate Leadership Scroll, Harvard

2000 – Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Harvard

2005 – Helen M. Sciarra Prize for Outstanding Performance in Neurology

2008 – Resident Research Award, UCSF CTSI

2009 – Outstanding Research Award, UCSF CTSI

2010 – Chairs’ Choice Oral Abstract, International Stroke Conference

2010 – Innovation Fund Award, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators

2011 – Loan Repayment Program Award, National Institutes of Health

2012 – Princeton Conference Early Career Participant

2012 – Cornell Neurology Residents’ Annual Award for Faculty Teaching

2013 – Scientist Development Grant, American Heart Association

2013 – Healthcare Leadership Fellow, Weill Cornell Medical College

2013 – K23 Career Development Award, NIH/NINDS

2014 – Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize, American Academy of Neurology