Steven C. Cramer, MD, MMSc, FAAN, FAHA, Medical Director of Research

Dr. Cramer is medical director of rehabilitation research at California Rehabilitation Institute and a professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also co-principal investigator of the NIH StrokeNet clinical trials network where he chairs the Recovery & Rehabilitation Group.

In his California Rehabilitation Institute role, Dr. Cramer oversees the implementation of rehabilitation research, helming his lab as well as helping investigators offer patients the option to participate in cutting edge medical research.

Research in Dr. Cramer’s lab focuses on neural repair after central nervous system injury in humans, with an emphasis on stroke and recovery of movement. Treatments examined include robotic, stem cell, monoclonal antibody, brain stimulation, drug, and most recently use of telehealth methods to improve patient outcomes. A major emphasis is on translating new drugs and devices to reduce disability after stroke, and on individualizing therapy for each person’s needs.

Dr. Cramer graduated with highest honors from University of California, Berkeley, received his medical degree from University of Southern California and completed residencies in internal medicine at UCLA and neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), respectively. He also completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease at MGH. In addition, Dr. Cramer received a master’s degree in clinical investigation from Harvard Medical School.

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