Dr. Remmel is the Chair of the University of Louisville Department of Neurology, as well as the Director of the University of Louisville Stroke Center. She received her PhD in Communication Disorders and Linguistics at Louisiana State University. In 1985 she opened her own private Speech Pathology practice. It was her experience in rehabilitating patients that she developed her passion for treating stroke patients. This propelled her to seek a medical degree. In 2000 she joined the Neurology faculty to develop the stroke program at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Remmel is a Board Certified Neurologist and fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. She serves as the State Stroke Champion for Kentucky and has been successful in working with the State Department for Public Health to assess the knowledge of stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in Kentucky and implement plans to develop stroke systems of care within the state by working with the state government to pass Resolutions in the Legislature. In addition, she serves on the local board of the American Heart Association, National Stroke Association, and is a member of the Stroke Belt Consortium.
Under Dr. Remmel’s leadership the University of Louisville Hospital Stroke Center has been recognized as a national model of excellence by becoming the first healthcare facility in Kentucky to receive national accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center, awarded by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. In 2006 U of L was one of only five hospitals in the nation to receive the American Heart Associations Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Annual Performance Achievement Award for providing appropriate, evidence-based care to patients at least 85% of the time.
She is a funded researcher in acute stroke treatments and serves as the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials. Her individual research efforts focus on cryptogenic stroke and disparities in stroke risk factors.
In 2005 Dr. Remmel’s dedication to teaching and education was recognized nationally through the award of one of the most prestigious mentoring honors. She was designated a McCann Scholar by the Joy McCann Foundation for her excellent mentoring in medicine and praised by the McCann Foundation for creating a highly effective team approach to caring for stroke patients. She has also received the Academy of Neurology National Teaching Scholarship and Excellence in Teaching Neurology Awards.
Bachelor of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, 1971-76
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, 1976-79
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Doctorate, PhD, Communication Disorders and Linguistics, 1980-85
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Doctor of Medicine (MD), 1992-96
University of Louisville School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Intern, PGY I, 1996-97
University of Louisville School of Medicine, Neurology Resident, PGY II, III, 1997-99
University of Louisville School of Medicine, Chief Resident, PGY IV, 1999-2000
Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Stroke, cognitive impairment
Stroke prevention, acute stroke treatment
Remmel, K. Urgent Clinical Assessment of Acute Stroke. In: Gomez, C., Geyer, J. (Eds.) Stroke and Vascular Neurology: A Practical Approach. Lippincot Williams and Wilkins, 2009
Remmel, K., Wanahita, A. How to Build a Stroke Team. In: Gomez, C.,Geyer, J. (Eds.) Stroke and Vascular Neurology: A Practical Approach. Lippincot Williams and Wilkins, 2009
Remmel, K., Stroke in the Older Adult, In: O’Brien, J (Ed.) Reichel’s Care of the Elderly, 2009
Laskowitz, D., Kasner, S., Saver, J., Remmel, K., Jauch E, and the BRAIN Study Group. Clinical utility of a biomarker based diagnostic test for acute stroke: The Biomarker Rapid Assessment in Ischemic Injury (BRAIN) trial, Stroke, January, 2009