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North & East GTA Stroke Network

Within the North & East GTA Stroke Network (NEGTASN), the Regional Stroke Centre is Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC).  The NEGTASN and SHSC are responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation and coordination of stroke care throughout the region and across the continuum of care.  The Regional Stroke Centre provides emergency medical management of stroke/TIA, specialized inpatient acute stroke unit care, and urgent and non-urgent secondary stroke prevention services and follow-up.

The map below includes all the acute stroke and rehab organizations within the NEGTASN that provide specialized stroke services. Click on each marker for contact information and a link to their website.  

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Meet the Regional Team

The network is supported by a regional team consisting of:

  • Yasmin Visram
    Interim Regional Director/Rehab & Community Re-engagement Coordinator
  • Sandy Lyeo
    Regional Education Coordinator
  • Tina Sahota
    Regional Stroke Coordinator
  • Kathy Golfinopoulos
    Stroke Program Administrative Assistant


Contact us:

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, 5th Floor, D Wing, Room D5-81
Toronto, Ontario
M4N 3M5
Tel: 416-480-6100, ext. 3157
Fax: 416-480-4260
Email: info@tostroke.com

Meet the Stroke Nurses

Stroke Nurses

The NEGTASN stroke nurse operate from the Regional Stroke Center located at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC). Their role encompasses multiple clinical aspects within SHSC, such as facilitating the triaging process and serving as the primary point of contact for EMS. They also offer education and support the development of protocols in community hospitals.

  • Armi Armesto-Heys
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Regional/Inpatient/Stroke Prevention Clinic
  • Sharron Runions
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Regional/Inpatient/Stroke Prevention Clinic

Meet the Regional Stroke Best Practice Team

The Regional Stroke Best Practice Team is an interprofessional team made up of an occupational therapist, physical therapist, social worker and speech-language pathologist. This team works with clients and focuses on improving their functional abilities so they can live as independently as possible. The team provides leadership and education to support the development and implementation of best practice stroke care related to the assessment, rehabilitation, and recovery needs of persons with stroke in hospital and the community.  Part of their role is to provide collaborative consultative services to stroke survivors aiming to link them with community partners and available resources. 

  • Asha Shelton
    Stroke Best Practice Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Foujan Minooei Saberi
    Stroke Best Practice Occupational Therapist
  • Megan McPolland
    Stroke Best Practice Social Worker
  • Sabrina Massoni Camilo
    Stroke Best Practice Physical Therapist

Meet the NEGTASN Executive Committee

The NEGTASN Executive Committee provides leadership and supports the implementation and continuous improvement of an integrated system of care within the region.  It contributes to the Toronto Stroke Networks Steering Committee’s mandate for the oversight and coordination of the broader Toronto Stroke System.  The NEGTASN Executive Committee provides regional advice and perspective to support the shared strategic plan and workplan of the TSNs.

  • TBD – Chair, North & East GTA Stroke Network
  • Ru Tagger – Administrative Executive Lead, North & East GTA Stroke Network
    Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Executive
    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Dr. Rick Swartz – Regional Stroke Medical Director, North & East GTA Stroke Network
    Director, Stroke Research Unit, and University of Toronto Stroke Program
    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Yasmin Visram – Interim Regional Director, North & East GTA Stroke Network
    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre