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The New Jersey Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospital

Meet the Staff


The Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospital is organized with a team approach designed to provide acute and long-term comprehensive, individualized care. This multidisciplinary team consists of highly experienced professionals representing a wide array of disciplines and specialties: physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, nutritionists, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists, all dedicated to ensuring best outcomes for stroke. The Center also has a busy stroke clinic for those requiring close monitoring as outpatients. The ready availability of this breadth of multidisciplinary expertise is the hallmark of an academically based program and provides each patient with the most appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic options.

Andrea Hidalgo, MD
Director, Stroke Center 
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosciences
Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Diplomate American Board of Vascular Neurology

Dr. Hidalgo received her medical degree from Weill-Cornell Medical School, and completed her residency at New York Hospital. Her clinical and research interests are in cerebrovascular disease. She has extensive experience in the evaluation and management of acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, from early diagnosis and treatment with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator to the multidisciplinary management of patients requiring interventional treatments and neurointensive care in the first hours to days after the onset of a stroke.

Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD, FAANS, FACS 
Professor & Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery 
Director, Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery
Departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, and Radiology
Diplomate American Board of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Prestigiacomo completed his medical degree at Columbia University and his neurosurgical residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.  During his residency, Dr. Prestigiacomo became interested in the various aspects of cerebrovascular disease. This interest led him to spend one year on the Interventional Neuroradiology/Endovascular Service at Columbia-Presbyterian, studying the numerous techniques by which cerebrovascular disease could be treated from within the vessels of the brain and spinal cord.

After completing his residency, Dr. Prestigiacomo sought further subspecialized training in Neurointerventional Radiology/Endovascular Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center.
Dr. Prestigiacomo is renowned for his specialty in cerebrovascular microsurgery (aneurysms, AVM, cavernous malformation, carotid endarterectomy and bypass), endovascular surgery for the treatment of all brain, spinal cord and head/neck pathology (aneurysms, AVM, stroke, tumor, vessel occlusion) and stereotactic radiosurgery for vascular lesions. His research has included topics such as the outcomes in subarachnoid hemorrhage, mechanisms of cerebral vasospasm, decision analysis and biophysics of aneurysm formation.

Inder Singh, MD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Neurological Surgery and Neurology
NeuroEndovascular Surgery & Vascular Neurology

Dr. Paul Singh joined the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Rutgers Neurological Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in August 2014. Dr. Singh obtained a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Biology and Chemistry and research in the Neurosciences at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia in addition to a Masters in Public Health at George Washington University. He completed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Neurology and was the Chief Resident at both Georgetown Hospital and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Singh subsequently completed a Vascular Neurology fellowship at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California where he stayed on faculty for a year specializing in Vascular Neurology at Stanford Hospital. While on faculty at Stanford, Dr. Singh was awarded Teaching Attending of the Year. He then completed a second fellowship in Neuroendovascular Surgery at Cornell Hospital in New York City in 2014.

Dr. Singh is dual boarded in Neurology and Vascular Neurology which allows him to bring a unique niche in diagnosing a variety of vascular diseases of the brain and spine including strokes, aneurysms, AVMs, and tumors. His subspecialty training in Neuroendovascular Surgery gives him the ability to use cutting edge technology to treat these conditions using a minimally invasive approach. He will also be launching new clinical research trials in stroke providing patients the opportunity to participate in new therapies. Dr. Singh is on staff at University Hospital and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Stephen Kamin, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosciences 
Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr. Kamin received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical School. He is board certified in neurology. In addition to his clinical and research interests in cerebrovascular diseases, Dr. Kamin has particular expertise in multiple sclerosis.

Chirag D. Gandhi, MD 
Director, Neurointerventional Fellowship 
Associate Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery and Radiology
Dr. Gandhi obtained his medical degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He completed both his residency in Neurological Surgery and a fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery/Neurointerventional Radiology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY and has been on staff at University Hospital since 2007.
Dr. Chirag Gandhi is an expert in both open cerebrovascular surgery and minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery and is one of only a few neurosurgeons in the country that is dual-trained in both specialties. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), vascular tumors, carotid stenosis, and vascular abnormalities of the spinal cord.  In addition, Dr. Gandhi is an integral part of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospital, providing 24/7 treatment of acute stroke with intra-arterial thrombolysis and mechanical thrombectomy.

Molly Jacob, RN, MSN, CCRN, APN-C
Stroke Coordinator, Advanced Practice Nurse
Ms. Jacob received her undergraduate degree in nursing from India and a graduate degree as an adult nurse practitioner from the UMDNJ-School of Nursing. She is also certified in critical care nursing, and has close to two decades of critical care nursing experience. Ms. Jacob is a member of the New Jersey Department of Health Stroke Advisory Panel and the New Jersey Stroke Coordinators Consortium.

Adriana Faria, CMA
Administrative Stroke Coordinator

Adriana received her certification as a Medical Assistant from the Berdan Institute in 2002.  She has been with the Department of Neurology and Neurosciences since 2002 and provides full administrative support for the Comprehensive Stroke Center. She works collaboratively with faculty and staff in implementing stroke initiatives in patient care, quality control, community education, and research.