Michael Chen, MD, Neurology, Chicago, IL, Rush University Medical Center


Neurology Chicago, IL

Interventional Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Rush Medical College

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  • Michael Chen, MD is a board-certified, Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology. His training consists of neurology residency, stroke and neuroendovascular surgery fellowships at Yale, Beth-Israel Deaconess and Columbia, respectively.

    Dr. Chen's practice focuses on minimally-invasive, endovascular treatments of brain and spinal cord vascular disease. Specifically, he is involved in the study and treatment of cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations of the brain and spine, intracranial atherosclerosis, carotid artery stenosis, acute stroke thrombolysis and preoperative tumor embolization of the brain and spine. Dr. Chen has been in practice at Rush for nearly 14 years.

    Dr. Chen has been interviewed on ABC, FOX and CBS news as well as the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal. He has been awarded several foundation and corporate grants to study cerebral aneurysms in women and cognitive changes after ruptured brain aneurysms. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is a senior editor for the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. He is currently President-Elect for the Society for Neurointerventional Surgery(SNIS). He also works actively with foundations by serving on the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Niekro Foundation and the Bee Foundation. He has previously served on the Rush University Medical Staff Executive Committee.

Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
    Columbia University College of Physicians & SurgeonsFellowship, Interventional Neuroradiology, 2005 - 2007
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterFellowship, Vascular Neurology, 2003 - 2004
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
    Yale-New Haven HospitalResidency, Neurology, 2000 - 2003
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
    Yale-New Haven HospitalInternship, Internal Medicine, 1999 - 2000
  • University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
    University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of MedicineClass of 1999
  • Brown UniversityBS, Neuroscience, 1991 - 1995

Certifications & Licensure

  • IN State Medical License
    IN State Medical License 2017 - 2019
  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 2007 - 2023
  • CT State Medical License
    CT State Medical License 2001 - 2004
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Neurology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification EpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2011-2013
  • Fellowship Scholarship American Heart Association, 2004

Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Improving the Likelihood of Manuscript Acceptance; A Primer for Trainees and Young Investigators  
    Chen M, Albuquerque F, Hirsch JA Tarr RW, J Neurointervent Surg, 1/20/2015
  • Evidence-Based Update on Acute Endovascular Stroke Therapy  
    Chen M, US Neurology, 1/1/2015
  • Endovascular Therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke Is Indicated and Evidence Based: A Position Statement  
    Fiorella D, Fargen K, Mocco J, Albuquerque F, Chen M, Linfante I, Mack W, Rai A, Gupta R, Hirsch JA, Tarr R, J Neurointervent Surg, 1/1/2015
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Books/Book Chapters


  • Effects of Quality Improvement Initiative on Time to Intra-Arterial Therapy in Acute Ischemic Stroke
    Holmes SE, Connors JJ, Cutting S, Song SY, Chen M, Lopes D, Moftakar R, Keigher K, Stark W, Diebolt E, Toll V, Lee V, International Stroke Conference, San Diego, 1/1/2014
  • The Current Role and Utility of Diagnostic Catheter Cerebral Angiography
    Sawris N, Venizelos A, Ouyang B, Chen M, Neurology, 1/1/2013
  • Endovascular Rescue of a Misshapen Intracranial Stent: Report of Two Cases
    Chen M, Goldstein L, J NeuroIntervent Surg, 1/1/2010
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  • Evidence-Based Update on Acute Endovascular Stroke Therapy 
  • JNIS Need to Know EIC and Associate Editors 
    Colorado Springs, Colorado - 1/1/2014
  • Transient Ischemic Attacks 
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  • Arterial Dissections 
    ABC News Channel 7 Health Beat, Christine Tressel, Medical Reporter
  • Menopausal Women at Increased Risk for Aneurysm 
    WGN News Channel 9 Medical Watch
  • Oral Contraceptive and Hormone Replacement Therapy in Women with Cerebral Aneurysms 
    ABC News, Channel 7 Health Beat, Sylvia Perez, Medical Reporter
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Press Mentions

  • Clinical Benefit of Clot Retrieval Now Proven up to 24 Hours After Major Ischemic Stroke
    Clinical Benefit of Clot Retrieval Now Proven up to 24 Hours After Major Ischemic StrokeJune 6th, 2017


  • Board of Directors Neurology-at-Large, Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery 2015 - Present

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Hospital Affiliations