David Bonovich M.D., Neurologist; Medical Director, Sutter Health East Bay Region Neuroscience Service Line; Cerebrovascular Disease Programs at Sutter Health Eden Medical Center

California Pacific CURRENTS: The online journal of CPMC Research Institute

New approaches to the treatment of stroke and cerebrovascular disease

Research Overview

  • Renowned for expertise in the management and treatment of stroke and cerebrovascular disease, Dr. David Bonovich is part of Sutter Health’s East Bay Neuroscience Institute—which combines the expertise of top San Francisco Bay Area neurosurgeons, neuro-interventionalists, and other neurology specialists with state-of-the-art technologies. The Institute offers best practice neurological treatment options to patients in the East Bay region.
  • Dr. Bonovich pioneers new techniques to advance neurovascular care in Northern California, leading research into the detection and treatment of subarachnoid and intracerebral hemorrhage, acute stroke, and intracranial atherosclerosis. He is board certified in neurology.
  • His specific research interests focus on the pathophysiology and epidemiology of acute stroke and cerebrovascular disease in Asians, and he consults in developing stroke protocols for acute therapy in national and international Asian communities.
  • Dr. Bonovich is a Principal Investigator for national, multisite clinical trials assessing the utility of vascular reconstruction devices and stent delivery systems, and the safety and efficacy of new medications for stroke and transient ischemic attacks.

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Dr. Bonovich received his M.D. from George Washington University in Washington D.C., followed by residency training in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He completed fellowships in neurology critical care and stroke, and critical care medicine at UCSF, and a fellowship in neurology interventional radiology at Portland Neurovascular Center in Portland, Oregon.


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Nahab F, Cotsonis G, Lynn M, Feldmann E, Chaturvedi S, Hemphill JC, Zweifler R, Johnston K, Bonovich D, Kasner S, Chimowitz M, WASID Study Group., Prevalence and prognosis of coexistent asymptomatic intracranial stenosis. Stroke

Smith WS, Tsao JW, Billings ME, Johnston SC, Hemphill JC 3rd, Bonovich DC, Dillon WP, Prognostic significance of angiographically confirmed large vessel intracranial occlusion in patients presenting with acute brain ischemia. Neurocrit Care

Primary Research Interests
  • Neurointensive care
  • Stroke and cerebrovascular disease
  • Neurointerventional surgery
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury