CLEVELAND -- Cathy Sila, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Neurology at University Hospitals (UH) Cleveland Medical Center.

Dr. Sila is the Gilbert W. Humphrey Professor of Neurology and has served as the Vice Chair for Clinical Activities and Quality since 2014. She is the Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at UH Cleveland Medical Center and UH System Stroke Program, which was recognized as a model of system integration for care delivery.

“She is a recognized expert in prevention and treatment of stroke, neurologic complications of heart disease and defining outcomes for clinical trials,” said Daniel I. Simon, MD, President of UH Medical Centers.  “As the first woman to chair the Department of Neurology at UH, her priorities include ensuring access to innovative, high-value care integrated throughout the health system, supporting the provider-patient relationship and experience, training the next generation through the many fellowships and second-largest neurology residency program in the country, and promoting research that improves the quality of life for patients with neurologic diseases.” 

Dr. Sila earned her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed residencies in medicine and neurology at Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and a fellowship in Cerebrovascular Research at Cleveland Clinic. She is a Hedwig van Ameringen Fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program and a Professor of Neurology at the School of Medicine.     

Dr. Sila has received numerous honors, including the UH Distinguished Senior Attending Physician and awards from the American Heart Association National Stroke Council, YWCA Women of Professional Excellence and Crain’s Cleveland Business Healthcare Hero. She is consistently named among America’s Top Doctors by Castle-Connelly and is one of their Exceptional Women in Medicine. 

Anthony J. Furlan, MD, who has served as Chair of the Department of Neurology at UH Cleveland Medical Center since 2008, has announced his decision to step down and focus on research and education.

Dr. Furlan has advanced UH’s leadership role in brain health as Co-Director of UH Neurological Institute and the Gilbert W. Humphrey Professor of Neurology at CWRU School of Medicine. He is a recognized expert in cerebrovascular disease and stroke treatment. Dr. Furlan has organized and led several multicenter clinical trials for stroke and was instrumental in developing national guidelines for stroke management. 

“We are grateful to Dr. Furlan for his leadership and dedication to the Department of Neurology during the past decade,” said Cliff Megerian, MD, President of UH Physician Network and System Institutes.


About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio

Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 50 health centers and outpatient facilities, and 200 physician offices in 16 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, a high-volume national referral center for complex cardiovascular procedures; and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio with 28,000 physicians and employees.  Advancing the Science of Health and the Art of Compassion is UH’s vision for benefitting its patients into the future, and the organization’s unwavering mission is To Heal. To Teach. To Discover. Follow UH on Facebook @UniversityHospitals and Twitter @UHhospitals. For more information, visit



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