For more than a decade, Dr. Vega has worked with populations at high risk of stroke in various inpatient and outpatient settings. He has also promoted several educational campaigns about different public health issues.
Currently, Dr. Vega is a resident physician in the department of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, where he is heavily involved in stroke prevention efforts and treating patients with stroke.
As a published researcher, he has presented multiple articles at national and international scientific conferences in diverse areas, including neuroscience, neuroimmunology, immunology and endocrinology. He has also authored a book chapter and several articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Dr. Vega received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, and an MD/PhD degree from the New Jersey Medical School. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School's Center for Neurological Diseases, and later completed his internship training in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and yet only a small segment of our population can describe the symptoms of a typical stroke. With the advent of multiple new treatments, knowing when to seek medical attention once a person feels the symptoms of a stroke can make the difference, in many instances, between being paralyzed and being nearly symptom-free after a stroke. This is why it is so important that you and your loved ones become educated about stroke so that you can act quickly during the brief moments when you can still make a difference. My objective is to provide you with strategies that will help you stay stroke-free, as well as information to help you cope if you or someone close to you has suffered a stroke.