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Carolyn A. Cronin, MD, PhD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Administrative Title:

Director of Residency Program

Additional Title:

Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program


110 S. Paca Street, 3N140

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Education and Training


  • 1994: B.S., Biology, Boston College
  • 2002: Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Virginia
  • 2003: M.D., University of Virginia

Clinical Training

  • 2004-2005: Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Virginia
  • 2005-2008: Neurology Residency, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2008-2009: Vascular Neurology Fellowship, Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine


Dr. Cronin is certified in neurology and vascular neurology and cares for neurology patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings with an emphasis on the care of patients with stroke.  

Her research is focused mainly on stroke outcomes, with an emphasis on the criteria used to determine which patients to treat with thrombolytic therapy for acute stroke.  She has investigated this issue using local retrospective data, statewide prospective data, and has collaborated with the American Heart Association to use data from the national Get With The Guidelines database.  She is also the local Primary Investigator for multicenter international studies in stroke, as well as mentoring trainees in quality improvement projects in stroke. 

Dr. Cronin is highly involved in neurology education, serving as both the director of the neurology residency program and the vascular neurology fellowship program. 

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Highlighted Publications

Cronin CA. Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator for stroke: A review of the ECASS III results in relation to prior clinical trials. J Emerg Med 2010;38:99-105. 

Cronin CA, Aldrich EF, Kittner SJ. Occipital bone abnormality causing recurrent posterior circulation strokes. Stroke 2011;42:e370-2. 

Cronin CA, Shah N, Morovati T, Hermann LD, Sheth KN. No increased risk of symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage after thrombolysis in patients with european cooperative acute stroke study (ECASS) exclusion criteria. Stroke 2012;43:1684-1686. 

Cronin CA, Langenberg P, Dutta TM, Kittner SJ. Transition of european cooperative acute stroke study III results to clinical practice: Ninety-day outcomes in a US cohort. Stroke. 2013;44(12):3544-3546. PMID: 24092551

Cronin CA, Sheth KN, Zhao X, et al. Adherence to third european cooperative acute stroke study 3- to 4.5-hour exclusions and association with outcome: Data from get with the guidelines-stroke. Stroke 2014;45:2745-2749.  PMID 25104846

Cheng Y, Ryan KA, Qadwai SA, Shah J, Sparks MJ, Wozniak MA, Stern BJ, Phipps MS, Cronin CA, Magder LS, Cole JW, and Kittner SJ. Cocaine Use and Risk of Ischemic Stroke in Young Adults.  Stroke 2016;47(4):918-922.  PMID:26965853

Sajedi PI, Gonzalez JN, Cronin CA, Kouo T, Steven A, Zhuo J, Thompson O, Castellani R, Kittner SJ, Gandhi D, Raghavan P. Carotid Bulb Webs as a Cause of "Cryptogenic" Ischemic Stroke.AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017;38(7):1399-1404. PMID: 28495950

Markidan J, Cole JW, Cronin CA, Merino JG, Phipps MS, Wozniak MA, Kittner SJ. Smoking and risk of ischemic stroke in young men. Stroke 2018;49(5):1276-1278. PMID: 29674522

Sajedi P, Chelala L, Nunez-Gonzalez J, Cronin CA, Kittner SJ, Zhuo J, Zhang Y, Gandhi D, Raghavan P. Carotid Webs and Ischemic Stroke: Experiences in a Comprehensive Stroke Center.  Journal of Neuroradiology 2019; 46 (2): 136-140