Wei Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

401 E. Chestnut Street, Suite 510, Louisville, KY 40292 Clinical: 502-589-0802 Academic: 502-852-7981

Dr. Liu joined the Department of Neurology at the University of Louisville in 2011 as an Assistant Professor after completion of Neurointervention fellowship training. Dr Liu has strong interests in treating stroke patients. After his training at the Barrow Neurological Institute, one of the premier Neuroscience Institutes in the US, stayed as an academic stroke attending, and dedicated his time in stroke treatment and secondary prevention. To offer more treatment options for stroke patients, he went to University of Iowa for neurointervention fellowship.

Neurointervention is a minimally invasive surgery that treats blockage and narrowing arteries in the head and neck for ischemic stroke with a special X-ray machine through a femoral artery access in the groin area. It has been shown to improve outcomes for stroke patients. It can treat brain aneurysms and other vascular malformations without the need of opening skulls.

Dr Liu is excited about an opportunity to dedicate his expertise for stroke patients in the state of Kentucky at it locates at a region having unusual high incidence of stroke, called “Stroke Belt”. With collaborating with other specialties, Dr Liu’s goal is to build the first comprehensive stroke center at the Louisville.


M.D. -- Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University

Ph.D -- Neuroscience Program, University of Southern California


Internship: Internal Medicine – St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Residency: Neurology – The Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ

Fellowship: Interventional Neuroradiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Board Certifications

Certified in vascular neurology

Certified in neurology

Clinical Interests

Acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, carotid stenosis, intracranial stenosis, cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and shunting (Fistula), hypervascular tumors, intractable epistaxis.

Research Interests

Dr Liu is interested in the fields of atherosclerosis and aneurysm formation.

Selected Publications

Liu W, Kung DK, Mahaney KB, Rossen JM, Jabbour PM, Hasan, DM, Anterior - to - Posterior Circulation Approach for Mechanical Thrombectomy of an Acutely Occluded Basilar Artery using the Penumbra Aspiration System, World Neurosurgery (in press)

Liu W,
Kung DK, Smoker WR, Hasan, DM, Duplication of the internal carotid artery presenting with severe atherosclerotic stenosis J Clin Neurosci 2011 Jul;18(7):982-3

Tsivgoulis G, Alexandrov AV, Chang J, Sharma VK, Hoover SL, Lao AY, Liu W, Stamboulis E, Alexandrov AW, Malkoff MD, Frey JL. Safety and Outcomes of Intravenous Thrombolysis in Stroke Mimics: A 6-Year, Single-Care Center Study and a Pooled Analysis of Reported Series Stroke (2010) Jun;42(6):1771-4

Tsivgoulis G, Frey JL, Flaster M, Sharma VK, Lao AY, Hoover SL, Liu W, Stamboulis E, Alexandrov AW, Malkoff MD, Alexandrov AV Pre-tissue plasminogen activator blood pressure levels and risk of symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage. Stroke. 2009 Nov;40(11):3631-4