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Not so long ago, a stroke survivor didn’t usually except a complete recovery. Thankfully, today you can be treated at overlook medical center’s joint commission designated comprehensive stroke center – where full recoveries are becoming the rule.

The WMTR Morning Team Broadcasted LIVE from Overlook Medical Center  for World Stroke Day.

  • Learn about stroke risk factors and warning signs.
  • Find out about diagnostic and treatment options.

The team at Overlook Medical Center has created a network of care based on training and technology that meets national gold standards. And they consistently aim to beat those standards….by a lot.

The Staff was interviewed and gave us and inside look at how Overlook Medical Center is ready to help a stroke patient as quickly as possible. Let’s spread the word about stroke symptoms and treatment plans and help make complete recoveries the standard.


Stroke Nurse Coordinator, BSN, RN

Megan been a nurse at Overlook Medical Center for 15 years. She has worked in several different roles here, including med surg, preop and PACU, endoscopy suite coordinator and currently works in the Neuroscience Department as a Stroke Coordinator.

MD, Neurosurgeon

Dr. Ron Benitez is board-certified in neurosurgery and fellowship-trained in cerebrovascular surgery and interventional neuroradiology. He specializes in stroke, brain aneurysms and both the surgical and endovascular management of cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Benitez is one of the few neurosurgeons who are specialized in both the surgical and endovascular management of cerebrovascular disease. The emergence of minimally invasive endovascular procedures has allowed many life-threatening lesions to be treated with less risk than more traditional open surgery.

MD, Chair of Neuroscience, Overlook Medical Center, Medical Director of Neuroscience, Atlantic Health System.

Dr. Halperin is chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center and medical director of the Neurosciences Service Line for Atlantic Health System, with responsibility for neurology and neurosurgery care at all campuses. He is professor of Neurology and Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Under his leadership the department has grown substantially, with clinical expertise in a broad range of neurological and neurosurgical subspecialties and delivers clinical outcomes among the best in the nation.

Dr. Halperin serves as an ad hoc member of the NINDS Study Section on Clinical Neuroimmunology & Brain Tumors, has previously been an ad hoc member of the study section on Stroke Clinical Trials, and served as an examiner for the ABPN Neurology oral board examination for two decades. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Guideline Development Sub-Committee of the American Academy of Neurology and has played major roles in developing multiple practice guidelines. He has published more than 200 chapters and peer reviewed articles and edited five books. He is on the editorial boards of Neurology and previously, of Current Neurology & Neuroscience Reports, where he served as the section editor for neuro-infectious diseases. He has served on New Jersey’s Stroke Advisory Panel since its inception in 2007, chairing it since 2015.

Medical Director of Overlook Medical Center’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, board-certified neurologist and vascular neurologist.

Dr. John Hanna is a fellowship-trained vascular neurologist and medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Comprehensive Stroke Center at Overlook Medical Center in Summit. Board-certified in neurology and vascular neurology, Dr. Hanna specializes in vascular abnormalities, particularly those in stroke patients. His years of experience in acute stroke management translate to high-level skill in successful treatment of stroke in both acute inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Hanna works closely with a skilled neurology team to manage even the most complex central nervous system vascular disorders.