Babak Navi, MD

About Me

I am a neurologist with special training and a research interest in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke in people with cancer. I am the Director of the Stroke Center and an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and I am also privileged to be affiliated with Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Neurology Service as a clinical researcher and academic scientist.

Strokes occur more commonly in people with cancer than in the general public. My long-term goal is to improve physicians’ abilities to diagnose and care for these people and their unique needs. I am working with Lisa DeAngelis, Chair of MSK’s Department of Neurology, on a prospective study investigating the reasons why people with cancer face an increased risk for stroke and other clotting events. This innovative study, called MOST-Cancer, uses cutting-edge ultrasound of the brain and biomarker testing in the blood to examine the mechanisms of stroke in people with cancer.

  • Clinical Expertise: Ischemic Stroke; Intracerebral Hemorrhage; Vascular Malformations; Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, New York University; MS, Cornell University
  • Residencies: Neurology - Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Fellowships: Vascular Neurology - University of California San Francisco Medical Center
  • Board Certifications: Neurology; Vascular Neurology


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Clinical Trials

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