Alex Abou-Chebl, M.D.

Alex Abou-Chebl, M.D.

Alex Abou-Chebl, MDDirector of Neurointerventional Services

Associate Professor of Neurology

500 S. Preston Ave. Room 114
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40202

Clinical Phone: (502) 852-7642

Academic Phone: (502) 852-7642



MD Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio 1995


Sub-Fellowship, Interventional Neuroradiology, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA 2002

Fellowship, Interventional Neurology, Cleveland Clinic 2000-2002

Fellowship, Neurological Critical Care, Cleveland Clinic 2000-2001

Fellowship, Stroke, Cleveland Clinic 1999-2000

Chief Resident, Tufts Neurology Program, Boston MA 1998-1999

Residency, Tufts Neurology Program, Boston MA 1996-1999

Internship, St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco CA 1992-1996


Board Certifications

Vascular Neurology, June 2006

Neurology, June 2000


Interventional Neurology is a newly established subspecialty of Neurology for minimally-invasive treatment of diseases of arteries and veins of brain and spine. The specialty was born in extensive collaboration with other medical specialties such as interventional neuroradiologists, endovascular neurosurgeons and vascular neurologists. In particular, the Vascular and Interventional Neurologists are clinical neurologists who are board certified in Neurology with subsequent training in vascular and stroke neurology or neurocritical care (1-2 years) followed by training in neurointerventional procedures for an additional two years period.

Dr. Abou-Chebl became on of the first interventional neurologists in the country. Under his direction of the Department of Intervention Neurology, patients in Kentucky have access to the latest available treatments in stroke care at University Hospital’s Stroke Center—right here in Louisville! He has been invited to lecture to physicians all the world including England, France, Japan, Panama, and Switzerland.

In March 2007, he became the first physician in the state of Kentucky (and only one of a handful of physicians nationwide) to use a recently FDA approved device that sucks clots out through a microcatheter with a microwire that acts as a plunger, also breaking up the blood clot. Since then the Interventional Neurology section at U of L has had several firsts in Kentucky including participating in research studies not available anywhere else in Kentucky.

Neurointerventional procedures are performed under the guidance of advanced X-ray monitors. Recent advances in imaging and nanotechnology enables the highly-trained physician to treat blocked arteries of the brain by removing, breaking-up, or even sucking out the blood clot. Clot busting medications can also be delivered to the blocked artery by way of the catheter.

With regards to stroke prevention, it is well known that narrowed arteries of brain and neck may lead to future disabling and often deadly strokes. With minimally invasive procedures interventional neurologists treat narrow arteries of brain and neck by balloon angioplasty and stenting. Dr. Abou-Chebl has written a book on carotid artery stenting, a procedure in which he is the most experienced physician in Kentucky.

University Hospital’s Stroke Center has invested $2.5 million dollars in the latest Neurointerventional equipment and devices. In Dr. Abou-Chebl’s hands this equipment can help save lives and allow patients to return to life before stroke disabled them.

Clinical Interests

Acute Ischemic Stroke Treatment, Brain aneurysm Treatment, Treatment of Blocked head and neck arteries, Endovascular Therapy of Acute Ischemic Stroke, Carotid Stenting, Intracranial Angioplasty and Stenting, Induced Hypothermia,

Research Interests

Acute Ischemic Stroke Treatment, Carotid Stenting, Intracranial Angioplasty and Stenting, Induced Hypothermia.

Recent Publications

Gupta R, Tayal A, Levy A, Cheng-ChingE, Rai A, Liebeskind D, Yoo A, Hsu D, Rymer M, Zaidat O, Lin R, Natarajan S, Nogueira R, Nanda A, Tian M, Hao
Q, Abou-Chebl A, Kalia J, Nguyen T, Chen M, Jovin T. Intra-arterial thrombolysis or Stent Placement during Endovascular Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke Leads to the Highest Recanalization Rate: Results of a Multi-center Retrospective Study. Neurosurgery In Press.

Gupta R, Jovin T, Yavargal D, Abou-Chebl A. Carotid endarterectomy vs. carotid stenting: fairly comparable or unfairly compared? Frontiers in Neurology In Press.

Titsworth W, Civelek A, Abou-Chebl A. Case Report: Use of Far-Field Basilar Artery Stenting for Recurrent Middle Cerebral Artery Ischemia. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery In Press.

McDonagh D, Olson D, Kalia J, Gupta R, Abou-Chebl A, Zaidat 0. Anesthesia and Sedation Practices among Neurointerventionalists during Acute Ischemic Stroke Endovascular Therapy. Frontiers in Neurology In Press.

Lin R, Yadav J, Abou-Chebl A. The Impact of Timing on Outcomes of Carotid Artery Stenting in Recently Symptomatic Patients. Journal ofNeuroInterventional Surgery In Press.

Abou-Chebl A. Endovascular Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke May Be Safely Performed With No Time Window Limit in Appropriately Selected Patients. Stroke 2010;41:1996-2000.

Abou-Chebl A, Lin R, Hussain MS, Jovin TG, Levy E, Liebeskind D, Yoo A, Hsu D, Rymer M, Tayal A, Zaidat 0, Natarajan S, Nogueria R, Nanda A, Tian M, Hao Q, Kalia J, Nguyen T, Chen M, Gupta R. Conscious sedation versus general anesthesia during endovascular therapy for acute anterior circulation stroke: Preliminary results from a retrospective multi-center study. Stroke 2010;41(6): 1175-9.

Roffi M, Sievert H, Gray W, white C, Torsello G, Cao P, Reimers B, Mathias K, Setacci C, SchDnholz C, Clair D, Schillinger M, Grunwald I, Bosiers M, Abou-Chebl A, Moussa I, Mudra H, Iyer S, Scheinert D, Yadav J, Sambeek M, Holmes D, Cremonesi A. Carotid artery stenting vs. surgery: adequate comparisons? Lancet Neurology 2010;9(4):339-41.

Abou-Chebl A, Vora N, Yadav J. Safety of Angioplasty and Stenting without Thrombolysis for the Treatment of Early Ischemic Stroke. JNeuroimaging 2009;19(2):139-43.

Mazighi M, Yadav J, Abou-Chebl A. Durability of intracranial angioplasty and stenting for intracranial atherosclerosis. Stroke 2008;39:1766-1769.

Qureshi AI, Abou-Chebl A, Jovin TG. Qualification Requirements for Performing Neurointerventional Procedures: A Report of the Practice Guidelines Committee of the American Society ofNeuroimaging and the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology. J Neuroimaging 2008;18(4):433-47.