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Karen Furie oversees the clinical research programs for the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute. Furie is chief of neurology at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Bradley Hospital, and serves as chair of the Department of Neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, which includes experts in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, including stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, movement disorders and epilepsy. Furie also serves as executive chief of neurology at each of the Alpert Medical School’s affiliated hospitals, including Butler Hospital and the Providence VA Medical Center, and is a member of the Brown Institute for Brain Science.
Furie comes to Rhode Island from Massachusetts General Hospital, where she served as a vascular neurologist and director of the stroke service. She held the position of associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and was an associate faculty member at the Center for Human Genetic Research. She has played a prominent role in national and international efforts to advance the field through participation in the development of guidelines such as Stroke Treatment Academic Industry Roundtable (STAIR) recommendations, and holds leadership positions within the American Stroke Association, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the American Academy of Neurology.
Furie is a graduate of Brown University’s program in liberal medical education and received her medical degree from Alpert Medical School. She received her master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency in neurology and a fellowship in stroke/neurosonology at Rhode Island Hospital. Furie has received awards that include the Women’s Health Research Award from Mass General and the Aronson Award for Excellence in Neurosciences from Brown University.