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Ann K. HelmsAnn K. Helms, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Neurology

Specialty: Adult Neurology

Sub-Specialty:

  • Stroke
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Hyperbaric Medicine

Education:

  • Doctor of Medicine, Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL, 1999
  • MS, Molecular Biology, University of Chicago, IL, 1995

Training:

  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Washington Hospital Center, DC, 1999-2000
  • Residency, Neurology, University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, 2000-2003
  • Fellowship, Vascular Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, 2003-2005
  • Fellowship, Neurocritical Care, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2008

Societies:

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Stroke Association
  • American Heart Association
  • Neurocritical Care Society
  • Wisconsin Neurologic Society
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine

Awards and Honors:

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1988 
  • Baxter Fellowship for Graduate Research, 1993 
  • Resident research presentation award, University of Maryland, Department of Neurology, 2003 
  • Daniel M. Soref Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2003

Brief Clinical/Research Interest Statement:

Clinical interests:

  • Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
  • Acute and hyperacute stroke treatment
  • Stroke prevention
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Traumatic brain injury

Research interests:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy of acute ischemic stroke.
  • Stroke outcomes research
  • Stroke prevention trials
  • Medical Education

Original Publications:

  1. Helms AK, Fedder W, Book D, Binder J, Worman D, Golembiewski A, Varelas P, Torbey M. Predictors of IV rt-PA administration within 1 hour of presentation of acute ischemic stroke. Neurology 2004, 62 (Suppl5):A463-A464. (abstract)
  2. Helms AK, Torbey MT, Chyba C, Hacein-Bey L, and Varelas PN. Standardized protocols increase organ and tissue donation rates in the neurocritical care unit.  Neurology 2004 63: 1955-1957. PMID 15975322
  3. Helms AK, Torbey MT, Whelan HT. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy of cerebral ischemia.  Cerebrovasc Dis 2005;20:417-426. PMID 16230845
  4. Helms AK, Torbey MT, Almassi GH. Determinants of mortality in stroke patients with right brain damage. Curr Atheroscler Rep 2005 Jul;7(4):289-95  PMID 15975322
  5. Helms AK, Kittner SJ.  Pregnancy and stroke. CNS Spectr 2005 Jul;10(7):580-7 PMID 16155514
  6. Palma-Sisto P, Lund M, Rademacher R, Helms AK, Redlich P, Sebastian J, Simpson D, Marcdante K.  Professionalism Workshop: Applying the Elements of Professionalism Through Scenario. MedEdPORTAL; 2007. Available from: http://www.aamc.org/mededportal, ID = 666.
  7. Varelas PN, Helms AK, Sinson G, Spanaki M, Hacein-Bey L. Clipping or coiling of ruptured cerebral aneurysms and shunt-dependent hydrocephalus.  Neurocrit Care. 2006;4:223-228.
  8. Helms AK, Drogan O, Kittner SJ  First trimester stroke prophylaxis in pregnant women with a history of stroke. Stroke 2009 Apr;40(4):1158-61 PMID 19211492
  9. Helms AK. A successful failure. Acad Med 2008 Oct;83(10):961 PMID 18820529
  10. Helms AK, Whelan HT, Torbey MT. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy of acute ischemic stroke. Stroke 2007 Apr; 38(4):1137; author reply 1138-9 PMID 17322069
  11. Palma-Sisto P, Lund M, Rademacher R, Helms AK, Redlich P, Sebastian J, Simpson D, Marcdante K.  Professionalism Workshop: Applying the Elements of Professionalism Through Scenario. MedEdPORTAL; 2007. Available from: http://www.aamc.org/mededportal, ID = 666.
  12. Varelas PN, Helms AK, Sinson G, Spanaki M, Hacein-Bey L. Clipping or coiling of ruptured cerebral aneurysms and shunt-dependent hydrocephalus.  Neurocrit Care. 2006;4:223-228.

 

    Books, Chapters and Reviews:

  1. Kittner SJ and Helms AK. Pregnancy and stroke. In: Gilman S, editor. MedLink Neurology. San Diego: MedLink Corporation. Available at www.medlink.com.
  2. Kittner SJ and Helms AK. Oral Contraceptives and Stroke. In: Gilman S, editor. MedLink Neurology. San Diego: MedLink Corporation. Available at www.medlink.com.
  3. Shulman LM and Helms AK. Paroxysmal Movement Disorders Resembling Seizures. in Imitators of Epilepsy. Peter W. Kaplan and Robert S. Fisher (eds.) New York: Demos Medical Publishing. 2005.
  4. Helms AK,­ Torbey MT, Almassi GH. Determinants of Mortality in Stroke Patients with Right Brain Damage. Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2005 Jul;7(4):289-95
  5. Helms AK and Kittner SJ. Stroke and Pregnancy. CNS Spectr. 2005;10(7):580-587
  6. Helms AK and Whelan HT. HBO treatment of neurologic diseases. In Hyperbaric Medicine Practice. Eric Kindwall and Harry T Whelan eds. Best Publishing. In press.
  7. Helms AK.  Stroke on OB/Gyn wards.  In The Stroke Book. Michel T. Torbey and Magdy Salem eds. 2007.
  8. Helms AK, Ajayi O, Kittner SJ.  Investigating the link between oral contraceptives and stroke.  Practical Neurology 2007; 6(4):34-40
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