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Amytis Towfighi, M.D.

Amytis Towfighi, MD is Chair of the Neurology Department and Director of the Acute Neurology/Acute Stroke Unit at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. This novel system ensures that individuals throughout the Los Angeles County Public Health System attain efficient, evidence-based neurological care by a multi-disciplinary team of experts. This program recently received the prestigious Kaiser Permanente Clinical Systems Development Award at the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems/California Health Care Safety Net Institute meeting. This award recognizes a program that demonstrates integration of several parts of the delivery system in order to provide better-quality service and more efficient care. She is also the Associate Chief Medical Officer charged with developing enhanced Patient-Centered Medical Homes, which will improve the delivery of outpatient care for persons with disability.

Dr. Towfighi is Assistant Professor of Neurology at USC Keck School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard) residency in Neurology at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospital (Harvard). She completed a Vascular Neurology fellowship at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles).

Her research interests include stroke epidemiology and health services implementation. She has authored more than 30 manuscripts evaluating sex differences in cardiovascular disease incidence, prevalence, therapeutic interventions, and outcomes. She has an AHA National Scientist Development Award to conduct a randomized controlled trial of an outpatient lifestyle intervention for stroke patients and is a recipient of the Junior Academic Neurologist Award from the American Neurological Association and Robert G. Siekert New Investigator Award in Stroke from the American Heart Association.


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