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Meet the Stroke Team

Fort Sanders Regional has a team of experts available to treat patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The stroke team includes emergency room physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurointerventional radiologists, nurses and thera­pists. The team works together to quickly diagnose patients’ symptoms and uses advanced treatment methods available to remove clots, repair broken arteries and restore blood flow to the brain.


S. Arthur MooreS. Arthur Moore, M.D.
Medical Director Comprehensive Stroke Center

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic
Board Certification: Neurology

Shamir Haji, M.D.Shamir Haji, MD
Director of Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

Medical School: University of Vermont
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins
Board Certifications: Neurology, Psychiatry

Malik A. Ibrahim, M.D. Malik A. Ibrahim, M.D.

Medical School: Al-Mustansyriah University Medical Center
Residency: University of Connecticut
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Board Certifications: Neurology, Psychiatry

James Hora, II, M.D.James Hora, M.D., PhD

Medical School: University of Vermont, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic and Duke University Medical Center
Board Certifications: Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine


H. Robert Hixson, M.D.

Medical School: University of Tennessee
Residency: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Fellowship: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Board Certification: Diagnostic Radiology

Keith B. Woodward, M.D.

Medical School: University of Tennessee
Residency: Baptist Memorial Hospital
Fellowship: Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute & Vanderbilt University
Board Certification: Radiology


Barrett W. Brown, M.D.Barrett W. Brown, M.D.

Medical School: University of Kentucky
Residency: University of Kentucky
Board Certification: Neurological Surgery

Joel E. NormanJoel E. Norman, M.D.

Medical School: East Tennessee State University
Residency: University of Kentucky
Board Certification: Neurological Surgery

Paul Peterson, M.D.Paul C. Peterson, M.D.

Medical School: Wayne State University
Residency: Strong Memorial Hospital
Board Certification: Neurological Surgery

Emergency Medicine

Howard R. Brock, M.D.

Medical School: Spartan Health Sciences University
Residency: State University of New York

Nurse Practitioners

Dina Miller, NP

Bobby Stiles, NP

Patient Stories

  • Back in the Saddle

    After spine surgery at Fort Sanders Regional, Michelle Rose is finally free from the suffering that held her back for so long.

  • Going Beyond the Limit

    Tammy Brooks arrived by helicopter at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at least 24 hours – maybe even several days – after suffering an acute ischemic stroke.

  • WATE-TV: East Tennessee man survives one of the deadliest types of stroke

    A local man survived the type of stroke that normally kills 80 percent of its victims. He’s doing so well, he just moved to Europe and is enjoying life to its fullest. It’s been three and a half years since Ken Harrawood suffered a stroke. It hit while he was driving to Y-12 for his first day of work with Bechtel. He now lives in Manchester, England.

  • WATE-TV: Technician who works with stroke patients becomes one himself

    Adam Hill gets the tools in place for the next life-saving surgery in the interventional radiology lab at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. As lead tech, Hill knows this place like the back of his hand. He never dreamed he’d be a patient receiving treatment here, suffering from a ruptured aneurysm, like so many patients he’s helped treat.

  • Fast Action Makes a Difference for Stroke Patient

    Since recovering from a stroke, Paul DeWitt appreciates simple pleasures that are easily taken for granted. He grasps a cup of coffee. He smiles and laughs. He even appreciates the ability to whistle.

  • Doctors Use Tiny Vacuum To Help Stroke Patients

    Jane Coleman heard her husband make an odd noise, “almost like hiccups but not exactly,” but when she turned to look at him, she knew immediately what was happening: He was having a stroke.