Dr. Wes Oczkowski


Wieslaw J. Oczkowski


Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine

Director, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine





Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Oczkowski is both an acute stroke and rehabilitation specialist and an expert in evidence based medicine as applied to clinical neurology and stroke. He has been an associate editor with the American College of Physicians Journal Club for over 20 years.

He is an expert in stroke rehabilitation and possibly the only neurologist in Canada with training across the complete continuum of stroke care. He is published across the complete spectrum of stroke care.

Dr. Oczkowski is a neurologist at Hamilton Health Sciences and an associate clinical professor with McMaster University. He is presently the medical director of the Central South Regional Stroke Program. The Central South Program is a premier and model program for the Ontario Stroke System. He championed the integrated model of stroke unit care and helped develop one of the largest comprehensive stroke units in Canada.

He is presently the chair of Professional Education Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. He teaches at both the undergraduate, postgraduate, and fellowship levels, and at many continuing medical education events.

Dr. Oczkowski is presently involved in trials to enhance recovery of walking after stroke.

Selected Publications

  1. Perry JJ, Sharma M, Sivilotti ML, Sutherland J, Symington C, Worster A, et al. Prospective validation of the ABCD2 score for patients in the emergency department with transient ischemic attack. Canadian Medical Association Journal. Canadian Medical Association; 2011;183(10):1137–45.
  2. Subramanian G, Silva J, Silver FL, Fang J, Kapral MK, Oczkowski W, et al. Risk factors for posterior compared to anterior ischemic stroke: an observational study of the Registry of the Canadian Stroke Network. Neuroepidemiology. Karger Publishers; 2009;33(1):12–6.
  3. Hart RG, Oczkowski WJ. What’s new in stroke? The top 10 studies of 2009--2011.PolskieArchiwumMedycynyWewn\ketrznej. 2011;121(6):200–7.
  4. Ireland SE, Arthur HM, Gunn EA, Oczkowski W. Stroke prevention care delivery: Predictors of risk factor management outcomes. Int J Nurs Stud. Elsevier; 2011;48(2):156–64.
  5. Oczkowski WJ, Hart RG. What’s new in stroke? The top 10 studies of 2009--2011.PolskieArchiwumMedycynyWewn\ketrznej. 2011;121(6):193–9.
  6. Whiteman R, Gould L, Oczkowski W, LeBlanc K, Leonard P. Using a quality improvement process to create measurable improvement in care delivery for acute stroke. Healthc Q. 2011;14(3):75.
  7. Mai LM, Oczkowski W, Mackenzie G, Shuster A, Wasielesky L, Franchetto A, et al. Screening for Cognitive Impairment in a Stroke Prevention Clinic Using the MoCA. The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. CJNS; 2013;40(2):192–7.
  8. Gould L, Petrovic R, O'Donnell MJ, Silva J, Lindsay MP, Fang J, et al. Association between time-to-presentation and clinical outcome in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage: an observational study. Can J NeurosciNurs. 2011;33(3):33.
  9. Oczkowski W. Pharmacological therapies to enhance motor recovery and walking after stroke: emerging strategies. Expert Rev Neurother. Expert Reviews Ltd London, UK; 2013;13(8):903–9.
  10. Sahlas DJ, Gould L, Swartz RH, Mohammed N, McNicoll-Whiteman R, Naufal F, &Oczkowski, W. Tissue Plasminogen Activator Overdose in Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients Linked to Poorer Functional Outcomes. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 1024;23(1), 155-159.
  11. Mackenzie G, Ireland S, Moore S, Heinz I, Johnson R, Oczkowski W, et al. Tailored interventions to improve hypertension management after stroke or TIA--phase II (TIMS II). Can J NeurosciNurs. 2012;35(1):27–34.