Lewis Morgenstern, MD

Lewis Morgenstern, M.D.

Professor, Neurology
Professor, Neurosurgery
Professor, Emergency Medicine


Lewis B. Morgenstern, is professor of neurology, emergency medicine and neurosurgery in the University of Michigan Medical School. He also holds an appointment as professor of epidemiology in the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Dr. Morgenstern is a National Institutes of Health-funded principal investigator in studies that aim to reduce stroke health disparities with respect to race, ethnicity and gender. His other research focus is the treatment of intracerebral hemorrhage, and mobilizing health care professionals and communities to treat acute ischemic stroke. He has chaired several national workshops and committees for the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Dr. Morgenstern has been invited to present his research around the world including China and Australia. He has received the highest honor bestowed by the American Heart Association to an International Clinician-Scientist, The William Feinberg Award.

Dr. Morgenstern returned to the Univeristy of Michigan in 2002 from the University of Texas, where he served as an associate professor of neurology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and associate professor of epidemiology in the UT School of Public Health from 2000-02. He came to Michigan as an associate professor of emergency medicine, neurosurgery and epidemiology, and was promoted in three years to full professor in all three departments. Since coming to the University of Michigan, Dr. Morgenstern has organized a comprehensive acute stroke program including the opening of a state-of-the art Stroke Unit in University Hospital. He has built a large research operation and mentors several individuals beginning their research and clinical careers. He established and gained national accreditation for a fellowship program in Vascular Neurology, and led the University of Michigan Hospital in gaining accreditation from the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.

Dr. Morgenstern earned a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in 1984 from Pomona College in Claremont, California where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his medical degree, with distinction in research and membership in the Honor society Alpha Omega Alpha, in 1990 from the University of Michigan. He completed a neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1994, followed by a stroke fellowship with James Grotta, MD, at the University of Texas at Houston.

Dr. Morgenstern was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Heart Association, and elected a member of the American Neurologic Association.

Areas of Interest

Health disparities in stroke; community and professional education to improve stroke treatment and stroke prevention; intracerebral hemorrhage


Medical School or Training

  • University of Michigan Medical School, 1990


  • Johns Hopkins, Neurology, MD, 1994


  • Stroke, University of Texas at Houston, 1995

Board Certification

  • Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology

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