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Cheryl D. Bushnell, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

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4.9 out of 5

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Cheryl D. Bushnell, M.D.


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Cerebrovascular Disease (Stroke), Prevention and Treatment of Stroke and other Cerebrovascular Disease, Women's Health

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Education & Training

  • B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1987
  • M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, 1995
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Med Coll Wisc Affil Hosps, 1996
  • Residency, Neurology, Duke University Medical Center, 1999
  • Fellowship, Cerebrovascular Disease, Duke University School of Medi, 2001

Board Certifications

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


  • Am Heart Association
  • Am Neurological Assn
  • Am Soc Of Neuroimaging
  • American Academy Of Neurology

NPI Number

  • 1437231685
Cheryl D. Bushnell, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.9 out of 5

53 Ratings

Cheryl D. Bushnell, M.D.

Professor, Neurology
Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Office of Research

Research Interests

Stroke; Brain Ischemia; Women's Health; Ischemic Attack, Transient; Migraine Disorders
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Hospital variation in functional recovery after stroke. Bettger JP, Thomas L, Liang L, Xian Y, Bushnell CD, Saver JL, Fonarow GC, Peterson ED.. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2017;10(1):e002391.

Pregnancy, hormonal treatments for infertility, contraception, and menopause in women after ischemic stroke: a consensus document. Caso V, Falorni A, Bushnell CD, Acciarresi M, Remohi J, Sprigg N, Gerli S.. Stroke. 2017;48(2):501-506.

Depression status is associated with functional decline over 1-year following acute stroke. El Husseini N, Goldstein LB, Peterson ED, Zhao X, Olson DM, Williams JW Jr, Bushnell C, Laskowitz DT.. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2017;26(7):1393-1399.

Intracranial hemorrhage in patients with atrial fibrillation receiving anticoagulation therapy. Lopes RD, Guimaraes PO, Kolls BJ, Wojdyla DM, Bushnell CD, Hanna M, Easton JD, Thomas L, Wallentin L, Al-Khatib SM, Held C, de Barros E Silva PG, Alexander JH, Granger CB, Diener HC.. Blood. 2017;129(22):2980-2987.

Global cognitive function before, surrounding, and after ischemic stroke: the role of risk and protective factors varies with time among ischemic stroke survivors. Vaughan L, Bushnell C, Bell CL, Espeland MA.. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2016;23(1):117-131.

Serum uric acid is associated with cerebral white matter hyperintensities in patients with acute lacunar infarction. Han SW, Song TJ, Bushnell CD, Lee SS, Kim SH, Lee JH, Kim GS, Kim OJ, Koh IS, Lee JY, Suk SH, Lee SI, Nam HS, Lee KY, Park JH.. J Neuroimaging. 2016;26(3):351-354.

Assessment of home-time after acute ischemic stroke in Medicare beneficiaries. Fonarow GC, Liang L, Thomas L, Xian Y, Saver JL, Smith EE, Schwamm LH, Peterson ED, Hernandez AF, Duncan PW, O'Brien EC, Bushnell C, Prvu Bettger J.. Stroke. 2016;47(3):836-842.

Reducing readmissions after stroke with a structured nurse practitioner/registered nurse transitional stroke program. Condon C, Lycan S, Duncan P, Bushnell C.. Stroke. 2016;47(6):1599-1604.

Predictors of 30-day hospital readmission following ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Strowd RE, Wise SM, Umesi UN, Bishop L, Craig J, Lefkowitz D, Reynolds PS, Tegeler C, Arnan M, Duncan PW, Bushnell CD.. Am J Med Qual. 2015;30(5):441-446.

Migraine, cardiovascular disease, and stroke during pregnancy: systematic review of the literature. Wabnitz A, Bushnell C.. Cephalalgia. 2015;35(2):132-139.

Acute ischemic strokes from small vessel vasculitis due to disseminated histoplasmosis infection [letter]. Bolen RD, Bushnell CD, Reynolds PS.. J Neurol Sci. 2015;352(1-2):125-126.

Central aortic pressure and pulsatility index in acute ischemic stroke. Kim JY, Bushnell CD, Park JH, Han SM, Im JH, Han SW, Baik JS, Park JH.. J Neuroimaging. 2015;25(3):438-442.

Chronic systemic immune dysfunction in African-Americans with small vessel-type ischemic stroke. Brown CM, Bushnell CD, Samsa GP, Goldstein LB, Colton CA.. Transl Stroke Res. 2015;6(6):430-436.

Chronic stroke outcome measures for motor function intervention trials: expert panel recommendations. Bushnell C, Bettger JP, Cockroft KM, Cramer SC, Edelen MO, Hanley D, Katzan IL, Mattke S, Nilsen DM, Piquado T, Skidmore ER, Wing K, Yenokyan G.. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015;8(6 Suppl 3):S163-S169.

Pragmatic trial of transitional care with early supported discharge: design and methodology [abstract]. Duncan PW, Bushnell C, Bettger JP.. Gerontologist. 2015;55(Suppl 2):277.

Change in brain and lesion volumes after CEE therapies: the WHIMS-MRI studies. Coker LH, Espeland MA, Hogan PE, Resnick SM, Bryan RN, Robinson JG, Goveas JS, Davatzikos C, Kuller LH, Williamson JD, Bushnell CD, Shumaker SA.. Neurology. 2014;82(5):427-434.

Sex differences in quality of life after ischemic stroke. Bushnell CD, Reeves MJ, Zhao X, Pan W, Prvu-Bettger J, Zimmer L, Olson D, Peterson E.. Neurology. 2014;82(11):922-931.

Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies 1q22 as a susceptibility locus for intracerebral hemorrhage. Woo D, Falcone GJ, Devan WJ, Brown WM, Biffi A, Howard TD, Anderson CD, Brouwers HB, Valant V, Battey TW, Radmanesh F, Raffeld MR, Baedorf-Kassis S, Deka R, Woo JG, Martin LJ, Haverbusch M, Moomaw CJ, Sun G, Broderick JP, Flaherty ML,.. Am J Hum Genet. 2014;94(4):511-521.

Guidelines for the prevention of stroke in women: a statement for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Bushnell C, McCullough LD, Awad IA, Chireau MV, Fedder WN, Furie KL, Howard VJ, Lichtman JH, Lisabeth LD, Pina IL, Reeves MJ, Rexrode KM, Saposnik G, Singh V, Towfighi A, Vaccarino V, Walters MR.. Stroke. 2014;45(5):1545-1588.

Risk adjustment of ischemic stroke outcomes for comparing hospital performance: a statement for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Katzan IL, Spertus J, Bettger JP, Bravata DM, Reeves MJ, Smith EE, Bushnell C, Higashida RT, Hinchey JA, Holloway RG, Howard G, King RB, Krumholz HM, Lutz BJ, Yeh RW.. Stroke. 2014;45(3):918-944.

Evaluation and management of cerebral venous thrombosis. Bushnell C, Saposnik G.. Continuum (Minneapolis, Minn.). 2014;20(2):335-351.

The association between socioeconomic status and disability after stroke: findings from the Adherence eValuation After Ischemic stroke Longitudinal (AVAIL) registry. Bettger JP, Zhao X, Bushnell C, Zimmer L, Pan W, Williams LS, Peterson ED.. BMC Public Health. 2014;14(1):281.

Stroke prevention in women: synopsis of the 2014 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guideline. Bushnell C, McCullough L.. Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(12):853-857.

Gene expression in peripheral immune cells following cardioembolic stroke is sexually dimorphic. Stamova B, Jickling GC, Ander BP, Zhan X, Liu D, Turner R, Ho C, Khoury JC, Bushnell C, Pancioli A, Jauch EC, Broderick JP, Sharp FR.. PLoS One. 2014;9(7):e102550.

Secondary prevention of stroke in the elderly: focus on drug therapy. Arnan MK, Burke GL, Bushnell C.. Drugs Aging. 2014;31(10):721-730.

Reducing stroke in women with risk factor management: blood pressure and cholesterol. Baghshomali S, Bushnell C.. Womens Health (Lond Engl). 2014;10(5):535-544.

A comparative analysis of risk factors for stroke in blacks and whites: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study. Huxley RR, Bell EJ, Lutsey PL, Bushnell C, Shahar E, Rosamond W, Gottesman R, Folsom A.. Ethn Health. 2014;19(6):601-616.

A new model for secondary prevention of stroke: transition coaching for stroke. Bushnell C, Arnan M, Han S.. Front Neurol. 2014;5():219.

Cilostazol decreases cerebral arterial pulsatility in patients with mild white matter hyperintensities: subgroup analysis from the Effect of Cilostazol in Acute Lacunar Infarction Based on Pulsatility Index of Transcranial Doppler (ECLIPse) study. Han SW, Song TJ, Bushnell CD, Lee SS, Kim SH, Lee JH, Kim GS, Kim OJ, Koh IS, Lee JY, Suk SH, Lee SI, Nam HS, Kim WJ, Lee KY, Park JH, Kim JY, Park JH.. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2014;38(3):197-203.

Stroke and pregnancy: clinical presentation, evaluation, treatment, and epidemiology. Grear KE, Bushnell CD.. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2013;56(2):350-359.

Death and rehospitalization after transient ischemic attack or acute ischemic stroke: one-year outcomes from the adherence evaluation of acute ischemic stroke-longitudinal registry. Olson DM, Cox M, Pan W, Sacco RL, Fonarow GC, Zorowitz R, Labresh KA, Schwamm LH, Williams L, Goldstein LB, Bushnell CD, Peterson ED.. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013;22(7):e181-e188.

Stroke risk in women: the role of menopause and hormone therapy. Lisabeth L, Bushnell C.. Lancet Neurol. 2012;11(1):82-91.

The X-chromosome has a different pattern of gene expression in women compared with men with ischemic stroke. Stamova B, Tian Y, Jickling G, Bushnell C, Zhan X, Liu D, Ander BP, Verro P, Patel V, Pevec WC, Hedayati N, Dawson DL, Jauch EC, Pancioli A, Broderick JP, Sharp FR.. Stroke. 2012;43(2):326-334.

Y chromosome gene expression in the blood of male patients with ischemic stroke compared with male controls. Tian Y, Stamova B, Jickling GC, Xu H, Liu D, Ander BP, Bushnell C, Zhan X, Turner RJ, Davis RR, Verro P, Pevec WC, Hedayati N, Dawson DL, Khoury J, Jauch EC, Pancioli A, Broderick JP, Sharp FR.. Gend Med. 2012;9(2):68-75.

Effects of gender on gene expression in the blood of ischemic stroke patients. Tian Y, Stamova B, Jickling GC, Liu D, Ander BP, Bushnell C, Zhan X, Davis RR, Verro P, Pevec WC, Hedayati N, Dawson DL, Khoury J, Jauch EC, Pancioli A, Broderick JP, Sharp FR.. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2012;32(5):780-791.

An evaluation of stroke education in AVAIL registry hospitals. West A, Cox M, Zimmer LO, Fedder W, Weber C, Drew L, Peterson ED, Bushnell C, Olson DM.. J Neurosci Nurs. 2012;44(3):115-123.

Depression and antidepressant use after stroke and transient ischemic attack. El Husseini N, Goldstein LB, Peterson ED, Zhao X, Pan W, Olson DM, Zimmer LO, Williams JW Jr, Bushnell C, Laskowitz DT.. Stroke. 2012;43(6):1609-1616.

Medication coaching program for patients with minor stroke or TIA: a pilot study. Sides EG, Zimmer LO, Wilson L, Pan W, Olson DM, Peterson ED, Bushnell C.. BMC Public Health. 2012;12():549.

Preeclampsia and stroke: risks during and after pregnancy. Bushnell C, Chireau M.. Stroke Res Treat. 2011;2011():858134.

Another score to predict ischemic stroke mortality? [editorial]. Bushnell C.. Circulation. 2011;123(7):712-713.

Patterns of rehabilitation service use following acute stroke and its association with rehospitalization: the AVAIL Registry [abstract]. Bushnell C, Cox M, Hawes J, Zhao X, Olson DW, Peterson E, Zorowitz R.. Stroke. 2011;42(3):e337-e338.

Death and rehospitalization following hospitalization for stroke/TIA: one year findings from AVAIL [abstract]. Olson D, Bushnell C, Cox M, Zimmer LO, Pan W, Sacco R, Fonarow GC, Zorowitz R, LaBresch KA, Schwamm LH, et al.. Stroke. 2011;42(3):E80.

Patterns of antihypertensive medication use and persistence in stroke patients [abstract]. Olson D, Bushnell C, Cox M, Peterson E.. Stroke. 2011;42(3):e243-e244.

Pregnancy and stroke risk in women. Tate J, Bushnell C.. Womens Health (Lond Engl). 2011;7(3):363-374.

Gender-dependent correlations of carotid intima-media thickness with gene expression in blood. Turner RJ, Bushnell CD, Register TC, Sharp FR.. Transl Stroke Res. 2011;2(2):171-178.

Depression and the risk of stroke in women: an identification and treatment paradox [editorial]. Bushnell C.. Stroke. 2011;42(10):2718-2719.

Secondary preventive medication persistence and adherence 1 year after stroke. Bushnell CD, Olson DM, Zhao X, Pan W, Zimmer LO, Goldstein LB, Alberts MJ, Fagan SC, Fonarow GC, Johnston SC, et al.. Neurology. 2011;77(12):1182-1190.

Similar secondary stroke prevention and medication persistence rates among rural and urban patients. Rodriguez D, Cox M, Zimmer LO, Olson DM, Goldstein LB, Drew L, Peterson ED, Bushnell CD.. J Rural Health. 2011;27(4):401-408.

Statins and intracerebral hemorrhage: collaborative systematic review and meta-analysis. Hackam DG, Woodward M, Newby LK, Bhatt DL, Shao M, Smith EE, Donner A, Mamdani M, Douketis JD, Bushnell CD, et al.. Circulation. 2011;124(20):2233-2242.

Transient ischemic attacks characterized by RNA profiles in blood. Zhan X, Jickling GC, Tian Y, Stamova B, Xu H, Ander BP, Turner RJ, Mesias M, Verro P, Bushnell C, Johnston SC, Sharp FR.. Neurology. 2011;77(19):1718-1724.

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Professor, Neurology

Clinical Interests

Cerebrovascular Disease (Stroke), Prevention and Treatment of Stroke and other Cerebrovascular Disease, Women's Health
Cheryl D. Bushnell, M.D.

Cheryl D. Bushnell, M.D.

Professor, Neurology
Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Office of Research

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