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About Gustavo Saposnik

This site is about Dr. Saposnik & his contributions to the advances in Medicine-Stroke Outcomes and Decision Neuroscience Research.
Dr. Gustavo Saposnik is a Clinician Scientist & Associate Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at the University of Toronto, Canada

- Medical Doctor (1990), University of Buenos Aires, Argentina;
- National Board of Medical Examiners in Neurology (1996), University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Postdoctoral Stroke Fellow (1997-1999, Argentina) and (2003-2006, Canada)
- Master in Clinical Effectiveness (2003), Harvard School of Public Health and University of Buenos Aires
- PhD in Neuroeconomics (2020), University of Zurich, Switzerland

Current Positions:
- Director, Clinical Outcomes & Decision Neuroscience Research Unit, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada
- Senior Scientist at Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Toronto, Canada
- Scientist, Canadian Partnership for Stroke rehabilitation
- Cross-appointment, Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (iHPME), University of Toronto, Canada
- Editor-in-Chief, World Stroke Academy for the World Stroke Organization (WSO)

Vision and Contributions
Dr. Saposnik is an international student and faculty member given his extensive training and education in multiple areas and countries. He was born and initially educated in Argentina, who then travel the world (e.g. Canada, USA, Thailand, South Korea, Switzerland) seeking further education as reflected by the successful completion of a MPH and PhD degrees, visiting professor and invited speaker in over 30 countries.
Dr. Saposnik’s is regarded by students, post-doctoral fellows and colleagues as an excellence clinician, teacher, and scientist.
For more than a decade, Dr. Saposnik has been interested in how doctors make decisions. By having a global perspective, he created a multidisciplinary team and carried projects at the international level to better understand doctor’s decision-making process in the management of common medical conditions (e.g. multiple sclerosis, stroke, high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, among others). Prof. Saposnik’s vision is improving medical decisions and patient’s outcomes through cost-effective, high impact, and innovative strategies by applying principles from behavioral economics into clinical care. Gustavo ‘s team developed different applications (e.g. stroke prognostication, stroke rehabilitation), tools, and educational interventions, such as: i) the iSCORE (a prognostic tool to estimate patients’ outcomes after stroke and the response to acute treatments) (, ii) web platform to evaluate physicians therapeutic decisions, among others, iii) The traffic light system, an educational intervention to overcome therapeutic inertia(a phenomenon related to the status-quo bias by commonly affecting doctors by not intensifying or switching to more effective treatments as recommended by best practice guidelines).
To bring his PhD to completion, Dr. Saposnik demonstrated significant persistence through adversity by providing service with many educational demands and clinical duties as staff neurologist, and research commitments.  During his PhD in Neuroeconomics (also called Decision Neuroscience), Dr. Saposnik launched a program to better understand the foundations of treatment inertia. He identified factors associated with therapeutic inertia, developed an educational intervention to optimized doctor’s treatment decisions (and avoid medical errors) and evaluated the role of emotions and mechanisms associated with doctors’ treatment choices.
Prof. Saposnik’s international leadership is reflected by holding multiple grants as a principal investigator, personal awards, over 280 peer-reviewed publications in high impact medical journals (e.g. NEJM, JAMA, Lancet Neurology, Neurology, Stroke) and collaborations.
Dr. Saposnik has recently taken a leadership role as the Editor-in-Chief of the World Stroke Academy for the World Stroke Organization. His work has international impact as reflected by metrics (Google scholar h-index 63; >54000 citations), recognition by peers, and being cited in the annual reviews (e.g. ‘Advances in Stroke, Health Policy and Outcomes’ published in the STROKE Journal; Rudd et al. Stroke 2009;40:e301-e304 - Williams et al. Stroke 2010;41:e77-e80 and Brainin et al. Stroke 2013;44:311-313) and LANCET, NEJM, Medical Decision Making and Nature Neurology, among others.


Present Associate Professor in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, University of Toronto
Present Associate Professor in Medicine (Neurology), St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, University of Toronto
Present Director, Stroke Outcomes Research Unit, Stroke Program, St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Toronto, Canada
Present PhD Candidate in Neuroeconomics - University of Zurich, University of Toronto

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Stroke Outcomes Research, Technologies for stroke rehabilitation, Decision making, and Health Policy

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Honors and Awards

  • Heart and Stroke Foundation Ontario, Focus in Stroke Fellowship Award (2004-2007)
  • Clinician Scientist Award, Heart & Stroke Foundation Ontario (2008-2011)
  • Distinguished Clinician Scientist Award, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada (Period 2012-2017)
  • Mac Donald Research Award, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada (2012-2017)


Contact Information

55 Queen St. E
Suite 931
Toronto, ON
M5C 1R6
St. Michael’s Hospital
Phone: (416)-864-5155 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (416)-864-5155      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: (416)-864-5150

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endovascular thrombectomy (5)

Media Report (1)

Medical Education (1)

Therapeutic inertia (14)