Dr. Gropen is the James H. Halsey Jr., MD Endowed Professor of Neurology, Director of the Division of Cerebrovascular Disease, and Director of the UAB Comprehensive Neurovascular and Stroke Center. He serves as Vice-Chair, Regional Advisory Council, Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System and Co-Chairman, Stroke Operations Committee of the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System. Dr. Gropen led the New York State Department of Health’s Stroke Center Designation Project in Brooklyn and Queens and served on New York State Stroke Advisory Group. He was Chair of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) New York City Stroke Committee, and served on the AHA’s New York City Board of Directors. He was Chairman, Northeast Cerebrovascular Consortium which examined regional disparities in stroke care across the northeast and recommended strategies to improve stroke care through system and policy changes based on the stroke systems of care model. He has extensive stroke clinical trial experience, has mentored numerous students, residents, and fellows, and is actively studying ways to improve the stroke system of care.