One Goal. One Passion. Every Patient. Every Time.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospital

Meet the Staff


The Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospital is organized with a team approach designed to provide acute and long-term comprehensive, individualized care. This multidisciplinary team consists of highly experienced professionals representing a wide array of disciplines and specialties: physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, nutritionists, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists, all dedicated to ensuring best outcomes for stroke. The Center also has a busy stroke clinic for those requiring close monitoring as outpatients. The ready availability of this breadth of multidisciplinary expertise is the hallmark of an academically based program and provides each patient with the most appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic options.

Andrea Hidalgo, MD
Director, Stroke Center 
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosciences
Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Diplomate American Board of Vascular Neurology

Dr. Hidalgo received her medical degree from Weill-Cornell Medical School, and completed her residency at New York Hospital. Her clinical and research interests are in cerebrovascular disease. She has extensive experience in the evaluation and management of acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, from early diagnosis and treatment with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator to the multidisciplinary management of patients requiring interventional treatments and neurointensive care in the first hours to days after the onset of a stroke.

Stephen Kamin, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosciences 
Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr. Kamin received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical School. He is board certified in neurology. In addition to his clinical and research interests in cerebrovascular diseases, Dr. Kamin has particular expertise in multiple sclerosis.

Chirag D. Gandhi, MD 
Director, Neurointerventional Fellowship 
Associate Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery and Radiology
Dr. Gandhi obtained his medical degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He completed both his residency in Neurological Surgery and a fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery/Neurointerventional Radiology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY and has been on staff at University Hospital since 2007.
Dr. Chirag Gandhi is an expert in both open cerebrovascular surgery and minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery and is one of only a few neurosurgeons in the country that is dual-trained in both specialties. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), vascular tumors, carotid stenosis, and vascular abnormalities of the spinal cord.  In addition, Dr. Gandhi is an integral part of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospital, providing 24/7 treatment of acute stroke with intra-arterial thrombolysis and mechanical thrombectomy.

Molly Jacob, RN, MSN, CCRN, APN-C
Stroke Coordinator, Advanced Practice Nurse
Ms. Jacob received her undergraduate degree in nursing from India and a graduate degree as an adult nurse practitioner from the UMDNJ-School of Nursing. She is also certified in critical care nursing, and has close to two decades of critical care nursing experience. Ms. Jacob is a member of the New Jersey Department of Health Stroke Advisory Panel and the New Jersey Stroke Coordinators Consortium.

Adriana Faria, CMA
Administrative Stroke Coordinator

Adriana received her certification as a Medical Assistant from the Berdan Institute in 2002.  She has been with the Department of Neurology and Neurosciences since 2002 and provides full administrative support for the Comprehensive Stroke Center. She works collaboratively with faculty and staff in implementing stroke initiatives in patient care, quality control, community education, and research.