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Marcella A. Wozniak, MD, PhD

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Medical Director, Neurology Care Center


UMMC, South Hospital

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Education and Training


  • B.S., Biochemistry, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 200064, 1981
  • M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, 1988
  • Ph.D., Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1991


  • Medical Internship, Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, 1988-1989
  • Resident, Neurology, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, 1989-1992
  • Chief Resident, Neurology, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, 1991-1992
  • Junior Javits Stroke Fellow, Neurology, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, 1992-1993


Dr. Wozniak is an Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Baltimore Veteran Health Administration Medical Center and Medical Director of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Neurology Care Center and member of the UMMC Brain Attack Team.

Her ongoing research interests include epidemiology of stroke in young adults, stroke genetics, vocational outcomes after stroke, stroke prevention and acute stroke treatment.  She served as local site PI or co-investigator at UMMC for clinical trials of stroke prevention (PROFESS, VISP, AASPS, CLOSURE I, WASID and POINT) and stroke treatment (PROACT II, ALIAS, SHINE).

Dr. Wozniak is involved in community outreach and education and partnering with spoke hospitals for referral of stroke patient’s for tertiary stroke therapies and participation in clinical stroke trials. As an active clinician in both the outpatient and acute-care hospital settings, she specializes in acute stroke treatment, secondary stroke prevention in the young stroke patients and MELAS. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Ischemic stroke, Stroke Treatment, Stroke Prevention, MELAS

Highlighted Publications

Wozniak MA, Burch CM, Sloan MA, Rothman MI, Rigamonti D, Permutt T, Numaguchi Y: Detection of vasospasm by transcranial Doppler sonography: The challenges of the anterior and posterior cerebral arteries. J Neuroimag. 1996. 6:87-93.

Kittner SJ, Stern BJ, Feeser BR, Hebel R, Nagey DA, Wozniak MA, et al. Pregnancy and the risk of stroke. N Engl J Med. 1996 Sep 12;335(11):768-74. . 

Kittner SJ, Stern BJ, Wozniak M, Buchholz DW, Earley CJ, et al. Cerebral infarction in young adults: the Baltimore-Washington Cooperative Young Stroke Study. Neurology. 1998 Apr;50(4):890-4. 

Bhat VM, Cole JW, Sorkin JD, Wozniak MA, Malarcher AM, et al. Dose-response relationship between cigarette smoking and risk of ischemic stroke in young women. Stroke. 2008 Sep;39(9):2439-43. 

Wozniak MA, Kittner SJ, Tuhrim S, Cole JW, Stern B, et al. Frequency of unrecognized Fabry disease among young European-American and African-American men with first ischemic stroke. Stroke. 2010 Jan;41(1):78-81. 

Cheng YC, Ryan KA, Qadwai SA, Shah J, Sparks MJ, Wozniak MA, Stern BJ, Phiipps MS, Cronin CA, Magder LS, COle JW, Kittner SJ.  Cocaine Use and Risk of Ischemic Stroke in Youg Adults.  Stroke.  2016 Apr;: 47:918-22.


Dr. Marcella Wozniak on MPT's Direct Connection

Dr. Wozniak talks to MPT's Jeff Salkin about stroke care and answers questions from the TV audience.