Kerri S. Remmel M.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology

Director, University of Louisville Hospital Stroke Center

401 E. Chestnut Street, Suite 510, Louisville, KY 40292 Clinical: 502-588-4800 Academic: 502-852-6990

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

Board Certifications

Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Vascular Neurology

Clinical Interests

Stroke, cognitive impairment

Research Interests

Stroke prevention, acute stroke treatment

Selected Publications

Selected Bibliography - Most representative Peer Reviewed Publications / Journal Articles from the last 5 years:

  • Bautista AF, Lenhardt R, Yang D, Yu C, Heine MF, Mascha EJ, Heine C, Neyer TM, Remmel K, Akca O., Early prediction of prognosis in Elderly Acute Stroke Patients, Critical Care Explorations, Accepted, Manuscript CCE-D-19-00011, March, 9, 2019

Participation in Local, Regional, and National Activities / Presentations / Abstracts / Grants from the last 5 years:

  • Akca O., Ziegler, C., Liu, R., Stewart, B., Lenhardt, R., Remmel, K. Early Mortality Prediction in Ischemic Stroke, International Stroke Conference, 2018
  • Ander, T., Remmel, K., Liu, W., Wise, E., Liu, R., IV Thrombolysis May be Safe in Patients with Lower Platelet Counts. International Stroke Conference, 2018
  • Gottbrath, D., Remmel, K., Rudy, S., Liu, R., Implementation of a Stroke Clinical Operations Nurse Decreases Door to Needle Time. International Stroke Conference, 2018
  • Ander,T., McPheeters, C., Miller, L., Wise, E., Liu, R., Shah, J., Remmel, K., Liu, W. Cryptogenic Ischemic Stroke Patients with Left Atrial Enlargement are More Likely to Have Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation. AAN Annual Meeting, 2018
  • Das, S., Remmel, K, Liu, W, et al. Acquired MoyaMoya Syndrome in a Patient with Essential Thrombocythemia: A Rare Assoication. Society for Vascular Interventional Neurology Annual Meeting, November 2018 in San Diego, CA
  • Das, S., Remmel, K., Liu, W., Akca, O., et al. Outcomes Assessment in Large Vessel Occlusion Strokes that Received both Intravenous Alteplase and Endovascular Thrombetomy. Society for Vascular Interventional Neurology Annual Meeting, November 2018 in San Diego, CA
  • Elliott, C., Liu, W., Stewart, B., Lenhardt, R., Remmel, K., Akca, O. Association of First 24-Hour Oxygenation Levels With Functional Outcome After Stroke Thrombectomy, Society of Critical Care Medicine Meeting, Jan, 2019
  • Elliott, C., Liu, W., Liu, R., Lenhardt, M., Remmel, K., Akca, O., Do Lower Blood Pressure Levels In the First 24 Hours After Mechanical Thrombectomy Have An Impact on the Short-Term Outcomes?, International Stroke Conference, February, 2019
  • Elnazeir, M., Liu R., Remmel, K., Liu, W., Less Benefits of Mechanical Thrombectomy on Acute Large Vessel Occlusion Stroke Patients Who were Transferred to a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Accepted, AAN Annual Meeting, May, 2019
  • Liu, R., Remmel, K., Liu, W., Evaluation of Mechanical Thrombectomy (MT) for acute large artery occlusion (LVO) in the elderly stroke patients, Accepted, AAN Annual Meeting, May, 2019