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Professor Bernard Yan

Neurointervetion Expertise


Professor Bernard Yan is dual-trained as Neurologist and Endovascular Neurointerventionist (a subspecialty which treats acute stroke, aneurysms and arterio-venous malformation). He completed specialty training in Neurology in Melbourne, Australia and subsequently, a two-year subspecialty fellowship in endovascular neurointervention in Frankfurt, Germany.


After completion of specialty and subspecialty training, he returned to Melbourne in 2005 and commenced work in Royal Melbourne Hospital as Consultant Neurologist and Endovascular Neurointerventionist. His clinical expertise is in treatment of stroke and aneurysms. The management of acute stroke has undergone a paradigm shift in the last 10 years and in particular, acute mechanical thrombectomy (a minimally invasive technique to unblock brain arteries) is now the gold standard of care for such patients.


Working in a specialty unit, Neurointervention Service (NIS), Prof. Bernard Yan is part of the team with Prof. Peter Mitchell, A/Prof. Rick Dowling and Dr. Steve Bush, in treating emergency stroke patients, cerebral aneurysms and acute brain haemorrhage.


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Academic Research

Since commencing employment in 2005 at the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne and the Department of Neurology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Prof. Bernard Yan has pursued an academic interest in cerebrovascular disease research.


He has published 185 academic papers in peer-reviewed medical journals (SCI). His h-index is 31 (measurement of quality of academic achievement) and total citations in last 5 years is over 6000.


He is the principal investigator of several international studies in cerebrovascular diseases and is the Co-principal investigator of a multi-centre study DIRECT-SAFE. He is the awardee of academic grants by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).


One of his key research interests is in the development of portable mobile wireless sensors for the monitoring of patients with neurological diseases. These devices are designed to monitoring the motor recovery of stroke patients and the epileptic seizure frequency of patients with epilepsy.


His other research interest the development of novel microcatheters for the treatment of cerebrovascular diseases. He is also the co-inventor and holder of patent of the Neuroglide micronavigational system.


Research Gate website:


Victorian Government novel microcatheter website:

Administrative Responsibilities

Prof. Bernard Yan is the current Treasurer (2014 onwards) of the World Stroke Organization (WSO). The primary aim of the WSO is to significantly decrease the morbidity and mortality of stroke patients with emphasis on developing nations.


World Stroke Organization website:


He is Councillor of the Australasian Stroke Academy and the current Vice President of the Stroke Society of Australasia.


Australasian Stroke Academy website:


Bernard Yan is the organizer of the Australia and China Training Initiative of Neurology (ACTION) programme. The programme is in its 9th year of operations and has successfully trained more than 300 young neurologists from China.


Australia China Training Initiative of Neurology (ACTION) website: