The Department of Neurology and Psychiatry will host joint Grand Rounds from 8-9 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at the School of Medicine, 1402 SA. Grand Blvd., 63104. The entrance is only through the Learning Resource Center (LRC).
Salvador Cruz-Flores, M.D., M.P.H., will present "Is Anybody There? Imaging of Awareness in Vegetative State."
Cruz-Flores attended medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. He then completed residencies in internal medicine and neurology at the same institution. He came to the US in 1992 to continue his training and completed neurology residency and a two year fellowship in cerebrovascular diseases and neurocritical care here at Saint Louis University.
After his residency, Cruz-Flores joined the faculty of the Department of Neurology at Saint Louis University as assistant professor. In 1999, he became director of the Souers Stroke Institute and in 2000 director of the neuroscience critical care unit, positions he still holds.
During his service here he became professor of neurology with tenure in 2007, and completed a master's in public health (epidemiology) at the School of Public Health.
He also received scholarships for fellowships -- one in epidemiology through the American Heart Association and the Center for Disease Control, and another for the prestigious Palattucci Advocacy Leadership Forum of the American Academy of Neurology.
In 2009, he became the inaugural holder of the Sidney W. Souers endowed chair of neurology.
Cruz-Flores has been instrumental in the growth of the multidisciplinary stroke team at Saint Louis University Hospital, its accreditation as Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO) and the development of the Mid America Stroke Network, a regional consortium of hospitals in the bi state region that he directs and whose goals are to expedite triage, evaluation and treatment of patients with acute stroke by providing access to specialized neurological care.
He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and monographs, has presented many national and international meetings, and has participated in multiple national and international clinical trials, many of which are considered landmark studies in stroke care. He has also been recognized as outstanding teacher and lecturer by the neurology residents, and has received multiple awards for his excellent and compassionate medical care.
Cruz-Flores is board certified in neurology, vascular neurology, neuroimaging, and neurocritical care. He is a member of multiple national and international professional societies and is currently a Fellow of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association (FAHA), the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM), and the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN).