Judy Dawod, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology


  • Associate Director of Stroke, UPMC Shadyside

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Dawod is a vascular neurologist specialized in the comprehensive care of stroke patients, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Her research interest’s focus on stroke in active cancer patients. The goal of her research if to better understand the pathophysiology behind stroke and cancer and to achieve the best management for ischemic stroke in patients with active cancer hoping to give patients the best secondary prevention and the best possible quality of life.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral, University of Pennsylvania, Stroke Net Fellowship
  • Fellowship, University of Arizona, Vascular Neurology Fellowship
  • Resident, University of Arizona, Neurology
  • MD, Univeristy of Damascus

Specialized Areas of Clinical, Research and/or Educational Interests 

  • Research: management of stroke in active cancer patients, acute stroke therapies, stroke secondary prevention, stimulants as stroke risk factors.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, General Neurology 
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Professional Organization Membership

  • American Academy of Neurology (ANN)
  • American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA)

Honors & Awards

  • Best resident educator as elected by medstudents, University of Arizona, 2016

Selected Recent Publications

Dawod J, Tager A, Darouiche RO, Al Mohajer M. Prevention and management of internal cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections. J Hosp Infect. 2016 Aug;93(4):323-8

Dawod J, Coull BM. Chronic Kidney Disease is A Biomarker Rather Than A Risk Factor for Stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2021 Sep;30(9):105869. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2021.105869. Epub 2021 May 29. PMID: 34074582.