Stanford Moyamoya Center
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Stanford Moyamoya Center

The Stanford Moyamoya Center offers a highly experienced group of professionals who see several new moyamoya patients each week, making Stanford the largest moyamoya referral center in the world.

Since 1991, the moyamoya team, including neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, neuro-radiologists, neuro-anesthesiologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, technologists, scheduling coordinators, office and clinic staff have enthusiastically worked with patients and families who travel to the Bay Area from all over the world. The team approach we offer to patients and families is one of the main reasons patients feel they receive such excellent care.

Moyamoya and its history

One the rarest forms of occlusive cerebrovascular disorders encountered in neurosurgery is moyamoya disease. Fragile blood vessels proliferate around a blocked artery in an attempt to bypass an occlusion and their appearance on a cerebral angiogram resembles a "puff of smoke" or "moyamoya," a term coined by a Japanese team who first described the disease. It can affect both children and adults usually with symptoms of transient ischemic attacks, strokes, headaches and seizures.

There is currently no drug treatment that is effective for moyamoya disease and surgery is aimed at bypassing the blockage with another artery to restore normal blood flow. Dr. Steinberg has performed more than 1,000 of these revascularization procedures for moyamoya, making his case experience with this disease one of the largest in the world.

Experience Counts in Moyamoya Disease Care

Tara MacInnes endured years of childhood migraines and, finally, something far worse. The cause: an often misdiagnosed cerebrovascular disease called moyamoya. A decade after treatment at the Stanford Moyamoya Center, MacInnes is a passionate advocate for broader knowledge of moyamoya. More »

About the Stanford Moyamoya Center

Meet Our Team

Patient Resources

Our Team Members Frequently Asked Moyamoya Questions Moyamoya Symptoms and Prevalence E2 ICU at Stanford G1 Patient Handout


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