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Steven R. Messe, MD

Steven R. Messe, MD Physician

Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Associate Professor of Neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Messe is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Steven R. Messe

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005 - 2012, 2015 - 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurology, 2003
  • Vascular Neurology, 2006

Clinical Expertise:

  • Arm Weakness
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • CNS Vasculitis
  • Cranial Nerve Injuries
  • Facial Droop
  • Hemineglect
  • Hemiplegia
  • Nonruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Transient Limb Paralysis
  • Vertigo

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Michigan
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Academy of Neurology, International American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, International National Institutes of Health, SBIR Study Section, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Messe is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Chester County Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Princeton HealthCare System: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Messe has performed research on risk of carotid endarterectomy, tPA dosing errors, the management of patients with stroke and PFO, and neurologic outcomes from surgical and interventional procedures.

Selected Publications:

Lansky Alexandra J, Messé Steven R, Brickman Adam M, Dwyer Michael, van der Worp H Bart, Lazar Ronald M, Pietras Cody G, Abrams Kevin J, McFadden Eugene, Petersen Nils H, Browndyke Jeffrey, Prendergast Bernard, Ng Vivian G, Cutlip Donald E, Kapadia Samir, Krucoff Mitchell W, Linke Axel, Moy Claudia Scala, Schofer Joachim, van Es Gerrit-Anne, Virmani Renu, Popma Jeffrey, Parides Michael K, Kodali Susheel, Bilello Michel, Zivadinov Robert, Akar Joseph, Furie Karen L, Gress Daryl, Voros Szilard, Moses Jeffrey, Greer David, Forrest John K, Holmes David, Kappetein Arie P, Mack Michael, Baumbach Andreas: Proposed Standardized Neurological Endpoints for Cardiovascular Clinical Trials: An Academic Research Consortium Initiative. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 69 (6): 679-691,2017.

Mack Michael J, Acker Michael A, Gelijns Annetine C, Overbey Jessica R, Parides Michael K, Browndyke Jeffrey N, Groh Mark A, Moskowitz Alan J, Jeffries Neal O, Ailawadi Gorav, Thourani Vinod H, Moquete Ellen G, Iribarne Alexander, Voisine Pierre, Perrault Louis P, Bowdish Michael E, Bilello Michel, Davatzikos Christos, Mangusan Ralph F, Winkle Rachelle A, Smith Peter K, Michler Robert E, Miller Marissa A, O'Sullivan Karen L, Taddei-Peters Wendy C, Rose Eric A, Weisel Richard D, Furie Karen L, Bagiella Emilia, Moy Claudia Scala, O'Gara Patrick T, Messé Steven R: Effect of Cerebral Embolic Protection Devices on CNS Infarction in Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA 318 (6): 536-547,2017.

Messé Steven R, Mack Michael J: Improving Outcomes From Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: Protecting the Brain From the Heart. JAMA 316 (6): 587-8,2016.

Homma Shunichi, Messé Steven R, Rundek Tatjana, Sun Yee-Ping, Franke Jennifer, Davidson Karina, Sievert Horst, Sacco Ralph L, Di Tullio Marco R: Patent foramen ovale. Nature reviews. Disease primers 2 : 15086,2016.

Messé Steven R, Khatri Pooja, Reeves Mathew J, Smith Eric E, Saver Jeffrey L, Bhatt Deepak L, Grau-Sepulveda Maria V, Cox Margueritte, Peterson Eric D, Fonarow Gregg C, Schwamm Lee H: Why are acute ischemic stroke patients not receiving IV tPA? Results from a national registry. Neurology 87 (15): 1565-1574,2016.

Messé SR, McGarvey ML, Bavaria JE, Pochettino A, Szeto WY, Cheung AT, Leitner E, Miller SW, Kasner SE: A Pilot Study of Darbepoetin Alfa for Prophylactic Neuroprotection in Aortic Surgery Neurocritical Care 18 (1): 75-80,2013.

Raser J M, Mullen M T, Kasner S E, Cucchiara B L, Messé S R: Cervical carotid artery dissection is associated with styloid process length. Neurology 77 (23): 2061-6,2011.

Messé Steven R, Kasner Scott E, Cucchiara Brett L, Demchuk Andrew, Tanne David, Ouyang Bichun, Levine Steven R: Dosing errors did not have a major impact on outcome in the NINDS t-PA stroke study. Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases : the official journal of National Stroke Association 20 (3): 236-40,2011.

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Academic Contact Info

HUP Neurology
Dept. of Stroke and Neurocritical Care
3 W. Gates

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3363
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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