Thanh Phan

Imaging lab

Prof Thanh Phan is an acute stroke specialist and neurologist with clinical and research expertise in stroke thrombolysis, endovascular therapy, and the management of transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke. He was integral in setting up the rapid admission pathway for neurology and stroke patients, allowing the Emergency Department to meet their Key Performance Indicators. He is responsible for establishing the Monash TIA Triaging and Treatment (M3T) system, an Australian-first non-admission based cost-saving model of care based on triaging, investigation and treatment in emergency departments with follow-up in TIA clinics. He undertakes ward service at both Clayton and Dandenong campuses, consults at Monash Neurology and in addition runs comprehensive stroke and TIA outpatient clinics. He has unique research expertise in the use of advanced imaging (especially MRI) in the study of cerebrovascular diseases and brain ageing.

Prof Phan held the position of Director of the Stroke Unit at Southern Health (2004-2015) and has been Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at Monash University since 2013. Prof Phan obtained his MBBS from University of New South Wales and has subsequently undertaken fellowships in Epilepsy, Neurology, Stroke and Neurocritical care in Cerebrovascular disease, including time at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and was an NHMRC Postgraduate Research Scholar. In 2008 he completed his PhD (University of Melbourne) with a thesis entitled Applications of MR Imaging in acute ischaemic stroke.

Currently a full-time staff specialist Neurologist in the Department of Neurosciences at Monash Health, Prof Phan undertakes ward service at both Clayton and Dandenong campuses, consults at Monash Neurology and in addition runs comprehensive stroke, young stroke, TIA and Minor stroke outpatient clinics. He is actively involved in the teaching of Advanced Physician Trainees in both Neurology and Stroke and provides supervision for a Doctorate student and the Monash Stroke Fellowship program.

Prof Phan is also extremely active in conducting research into several aspects of cerebrovascular disease and neurological diseases. He leads the Acute Stroke, Data mining and Imaging Division of the Stroke and Ageing Research Group (STAR) in the Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. These include neuroimaging studies involving CT, MRI, PET and LORETA transformation of EEG studies, health service modelling and evaluation, basic and computational studies of the cerebral circulation, and clinical trial design. Outside of cerebrovascular diseases, his neurological research interests include video-based neurological teaching (e.g. seizure recognition) prediction of coma outcome and migraine. He is chief investigator on NHMRC grants and co-supervises 2 PhD students and one Dpsych student. He serves as Associate Editor on Frontiers in Neurology (Stroke) and PLOS One.

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