Vascular Neurology

Vascular Neurology Faculty

Souvik Sen, MD, MPH Professor and Chair of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Souvik Sen is a professor and chair of the Neurology Department. An internationally recognized stroke neurologist, he joined the University of South Carolina School of Medicine faculty in January 2010 and played an instrumental role in developing the first Stroke Center in the Midlands of South Carolina. The Stroke Center at Palmetto Health Richland and USC School of Medicine is a multidisciplinary program that provides 24/7 life-saving care using state-of-the-art technology and the latest advancements in stroke diagnosis and treatment. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Center of Economic Excellence Stroke Chair in South Carolina. Before his appointment at USC, Dr. Sen served as the founding director of the UNC Hospital Stroke Center since July 2002.

Dr. Sen earned a doctor of medicine from University of Calcutta R. G. Kar Medical College, Calcutta, India. After completing medical training in India, he completed a masters degree in cardiovascular pharmacology in Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He then completed a medical internship at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan. He completed a neurology residency at the Temple University Health Science Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a vascular neurology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. After his fellowship he served as the co-director and subsequently as the director of the stroke center at the NJ Neuroscience Institute in Edison, New Jersey. He then served as the founding director of the UNC Stroke Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While there he completed a masters in public health - epidemiology. He is board certified in neurology, and subspecialty board certified in vascular neurology.

Dr. Sen has published in peer reviewed journals including CirculationStroke and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has received research funding from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. In 2004, he was nominated as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. He serves on several national and international committees. His specific research interests include acute stroke treatment, stroke and TIA pathophysiology, stroke prevention and epidemiology.

Y. Swamy Venkatesh MD, DM, FRCP(Edin), FAAN, FACP Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Neurology; Neurology Residency Program Director

Professor and Vice Chair (Medical Education)
Neurology Residency Program Director

Dr. Venkatesh graduated from Bangalore Medical College and trained in internal medicine at the University of the West Indies and UK. He was a fellow in endocrinology at MD Anderson Cancer Center and later on finished residency in neurology at the combined program at Boston City Hospital, Lahey Clinic, New England Deaconess Hospital and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He underwent fellowship training in EMG/clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disease at Brigham and Women's Hospital (Harvard Medical School).

He is board-certified in Neurology with added qualification in clinical neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine and vascular neurology. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic medicine and a fellow of the Royal College of the Physicians (Edinburgh), the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association for Neuromuscular and Electrodagnostic Medicine.

His research interests include diabetic neuropathy, endocrine myopathies, SFEMG,spinal cord reflexes in CRPS, novel uses of botulinum toxin and vascular neurology in Caribbean islanders.

Forrest Lowe, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, Stroke Director, Prisma Health–Midlands