Faculty Profile

Dr. Ava Leigh Liberman, M.D.

Ava Leigh Liberman, M.D.

Assistant Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Critical Care)

Areas of Research: acute diagnostic decision making, diagnostic error, acute ischemic stroke, stroke mimics, headache, cryptogenic stroke

Professional Interests

Ava Liberman is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and clinical stroke neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Liberman attended medical school at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, completed a residency in Neurology at Northwestern University, and fellowship training in Vascular Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include: acute stroke care, clinical decision making, diagnostic error, and headache. Dr. Liberman recently received a K23 career development award from the NIH to study stroke misdiagnosis among patients who present emergently with non-specific symptoms. She has board certifications in Neurology and Vascular Neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.

Selected Publications

Liberman AL, Gialdini G, Bakradze E, Chatterjee A, Kamel H, Bakradze E. Misdiagnosis of Cerebral Vein Thrombosis in the Emergency Department. Stroke. 2018. PMID: 29695468

Liberman AL, Rostanski SK, Ruff IM, Meyer AND, Maas MB, Prabhakaran S. Inter-rater agreement for the diagnosis of stroke versus stroke mimic. The Neurologist.  2018. PMID: 29953034

Liberman AL, Newman-Toker DE. Symptom-Disease Pair Analysis for Diagnostic Error (SPADE): A Conceptual Framework and Methodological Approach for Unearthing Misdiagnosis-Related Harms Using Big Data. BMJ Quality & Safety. 2018. PMID: 29358313

Rostanski SK, Shahn Z, Elkind MSV, Liberman AL, Marshall RS, Stillman JI, Williams O, Willey JZ. Door-to-needle delays in minor stroke: A causal inference approach. Stroke. 2017. PMID: 28536170.

Liberman AL, Kalani RE, Aw-Zoretic J, Sondag M, Daruwalla VJ, Mitter SS, et al. Cardiac MRI has Limited Additional Yield in Cryptogenic Stroke Evaluation after Transesophageal Echocardiography. International Journal of Stroke. 2017. PMID: 28436306.

Ruff IL, Liberman AL, Caprio FZ, Maas MB, Medelson SJ, Sorond FA, et al. Resident Boot-Camp for Reducing Door-to-Needle Times at Academic Medical Centers. Neurology CP. 2017. PMID: 28680767.

Liberman AL, Merkler AE, Gialdini G, Messe SR, Lerario MP, Murthy SB, et al. Risk of Pulmonary Embolism after Cerebral Venous Thrombosis. Stroke. 2017. PMID: 28228575

Liberman AL, Zandieh A, Loomis C, Raser-Schram J, Wilson C, Torres J, et al. Symptomatic Carotid Occlusion is Frequently Associated with Microembolization. Stroke. 2017.PMID: 28077455

Liberman AL, Ramchand P, Gannon K, Zager EL, Pukenas B, Bress AL, et al. Internal Carotid Artery and Sphenoidal Emissary (Vesalian) Vein Fistula Mimicking a Carotid-Cavernous Sinus Fistula. Neurohospitalist. 2016. PMID: 28634510.

Yaghi S, Liberman AL, Atalay M, Song C, Furie KL, Kamel H, et al. Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging: a New Tool to Identify Cardioaortic Sources in Ischemic Stroke. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. 2016. PMID:27659922

Liberman AL, Kamel H, Mullen MT, Messé SR. International classification of diseases, ninth revision (icd-9) diagnosis codes can identify cerebral venous thrombosis in hospitalized adults. Neurohospitalist. 2016. PMID: 27695595

Liberman AL, Wilson CA, Cucchiara BL. Visuospatial Neglect from Stroke Causing a Motor Vehicle Collision. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2016. PMID: 26803188

Liberman AL, Liotta EM, Caprio FZ, Ruff IM, Maas MB, Bernstein RA,et al. Do efforts to decrease door-to-needle times risk increasing stroke mimic treatment rates? Neurology Clinical Practice. 2015. PMID: 26124982

Liberman AL, Daruwalla VJ, Collins JD, Maas MB, Botelho MP, Ayache JB, et al. Diagnostic yield of pelvic magnetic resonance venography in patients with cryptogenic stroke and patent foramen ovale. Stroke. 2014. PMID: 24938843

Liberman AL, Nagel MA, Hurley MC, Caprio FZ, Bernstein RA, Gilden D. Rapid development of 9 cerebral aneurysms in Varicella-Zoster virus vasculopathy. Neurology. 2014. PMID: 24827494

Liberman AL, Prabhakaran S. Cryptogenic Stroke: How to Define It? How to Treat It? Current Cardiology Reports. 2013. PMID: 24102

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