Toledo, OH - Sam Zaidat, MD,MS, FAHA, FAAN, has become a member of an elite group after being awarded a subspecialty certification in NeuroEndovascular Surgery from The Society of Neurological Surgeons Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training. Currently there are less than 100 such certified surgeons in the US.

Dr. Zaidat is the medical director of Neuroscience and Stroke at the Mercy Health – Neuroscience Institute, located on the campus of Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center.

A stroke and endovascular neurosurgery/neurointerventional clinical specialist, Dr. Zaidat is certified by the American Board of Neurology, American Board of Spinal Cord Medicine, American Board of Vascular Neurology, and United Council of Neurological Specialties (UCNS) in Neurocritical Care.

The Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) is responsible for accreditation of subspecialty training fellowships and certifications of fellows in neurosurgery and for development and updating of subspecialty training requirements. CAST offers certification of Individuals in Neuroendovascular Surgery and Neurocritical Care.

To be eligible for the certification, licensed physicians must be a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery or the American Board of Medical Specialties of Radiology and Neurology as well as be either fellowship trained or equivalent in neuroendovascular surgery and have completed two years post training practice and provided his case experience to the committee.

Dr. Zaidat joined Mercy Health in September, 2015. He has a wealth of experience in the field of stroke, neurointervention and cerebrovascular diseases and is recognized as one of the world’s leaders in the field of stroke and neurointervention. He has published more than 180 peer reviewed articles in a variety of medical journals including in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Lancet.

A key member of the research community, Dr. Zaidat serves as the national and international principle investigator for brain aneurysms and ischemic stroke clinical trials as well as co-chair of the NIH Stroke Net consortium endovascular committee.