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Curtis George Benesch, M.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-2530

Office: (585) 275-2530

Fax: (585) 273-1026

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting

Neurology

Biography

Dr. Benesch completed his Neurology Residency and Fellowship Training in Experimental Therapeutics in Cerebrovascular Disease at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is board-certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology and has been the Director of the URMC Stroke Center since its inception in 1996. He is also the Director of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program. His research interests include acute stroke treatment, secondary stroke prevention, development of community-wide approaches to stroke care, and cost-effectiveness of stroke treatment.

Professional Background

Dr. Benesch completed his Neurology Residency and Fellowship Training in Experimental Therapeutics in Cerebrovascular Disease at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is board-certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology and has been the Director of the URMC Stroke Center since its inception in 1996. He is also the Director of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program. His research interests include acute stroke treatment, secondary stroke prevention, development of community-wide approaches to stroke care, and cost-effectiveness of stroke treatment.

Research

Major research interests are: Clinical trials of acute stroke treatment, Secondary prevention of stroke, and Cost-effectiveness of diagnostic testing, evaluation, and care of patients with stroke.

Credentials

Education

1988
MD | University of Nebraska College of Medicine (USA)

2000
MPH | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1992 - 06/15/1994
Fellowship in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1989 - 06/15/1992
Residency in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/01/1988 - 06/15/1989
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Awards

2007
Neurology Faculty Teaching Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Location: Rochester, NY

2006
Volunteer of the Year Award
Sponsor: American Heart Association
Location: New York

2001
Bob Tietje Award, Volunteer Service
Sponsor: American Heart Association

2000
New York State Affiliate Service Award
Sponsor: American Heart Association
Location: New York

1996
Neurology Faculty Teaching Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Location: Rochester, New York

1988
Alpha Omega Alpha
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Location: Omaha, Nebraska

1984
Phi Kappi Phi
Sponsor: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

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Clinical Trials

Multi-arm Optimization of Stroke Thrombolysis (MOST): a Single Blinded, Randomized Controlled Adaptive, Multi-arm, Adjunctive-thrombolysis Efficacy Trial in Ischemic Stroke

Lead Researcher: Curtis George Benesch MD

The primary efficacy objective of the MOST trial is to determine if argatroban (100µg/kg bolus followed by 3µg/kg per minute for 12 hours) or eptifibatide (135µg/kg bolus followed by 0.75µg/kg/min infusion for two hours) results in improved 90-day modified Rankin scores (mRS) as compared with placebo in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients treated with standard of care thrombolysis (0.9mg/kg IV rt-PA or 0.25mg/kg IV tenecteplase or TNK) within three hours of symptom onset. Patients may also receive endovascular thrombectomy (ET) per usual care. Time of onset is defined as the last time the patient was last known to be well.

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Publications

Journal Articles

6/29/2022
Glance LG, Benesch CG, Holloway RG, Thirukumaran CP, Nadler JW, Eaton MP, Fleming FJ, Dick AW. "Association of Time Elapsed Since Ischemic Stroke With Risk of Recurrent Stroke in Older Patients Undergoing Elective Nonneurologic, Noncardiac Surgery." JAMA surgery.. 2022 Jun 29; :e222236. Epub 2022 Jun 29.

4/26/2022
Gardener H, Romano LA, Smith EE, Campo-Bustillo I, Khan Y, Tai S, Riley N, Sacco RL, Khatri P, Alger HM, Mac Grory B, Gulati D, Sangha NS, Olds KE, Benesch CG, Kelly AG, Brehaut SS, Kansara AC, Schwamm LH, Romano JG. "Functional status at 30 and 90 days after mild ischaemic stroke." Stroke and vascular neurology.. 2022 Apr 26; Epub 2022 Apr 26.

2022
Ellens NR, Schartz D, Rahmani R, Akkipeddi SMK, Kelly AG, Benesch CG, Parker SA, Burgett JL, Proper D, Pilcher WH, Mattingly TK, Grotta JC, Bhalla T, Bender MT. "Mobile Stroke Unit Operational Metrics: Institutional Experience, Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." Frontiers in neurology. 2022 13:868051. Epub 2022 May 09.

Books & Chapters

2001
Book Title: Approach to Coma, in The Intensive Care Manual
Author List: Benesch, C
Published By: McGraw-Hill 2001 in New York

2001
Book Title: Current Therapy, in Clinical Neurology
Author List: Counihan TJ, Plotkin K, Deiparine JA, King A, Cleland J, Barbano RL, Rempe D, Benesch C.
Published By: Lippincott-Raven 2001 in Philadelphia

1996
Book Title: Current Therapy, in Clinical Neurology
Author List: Goodman A, Benesch C, Berg M, Braun T, Calabresi PA, Holloway R, Joynt RJ, Samuels O, Williams LS, Wymer J.
Published By: Lippincott-Raven 1996 in Philadelphia

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