Dr. Charles Wira, III, MD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Yale and works with the Yale Acute Stroke program. For volunteer service aimed at improving stroke care, Dr. Wira has been appointed to the national Emergency Neurovascular Care Committee for the AHA/ASA, and is the first Emergency Medicine Physician to be elected as Chair of The NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium—a regional branch of the AHA/ASA, which strives to improve stroke-systems of care in the Northeast.
He contributed towards revising the national Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) policy statement on thrombolytic therapy, is a part of a writing group at SAEM publishing recommendations, and producing state-of-the-art didactic sessions at national SAEM conferences regarding advanced stroke therapies.
Dr. Wira also has extensive volunteer involvement with many others in state-wide stroke initiatives, having been formally appointed in 2014 by CT Senate Majority Leader Senator Martin M. Looney, to the Connecticut Department of Health Stroke Task Force, which was tasked with evaluating Stroke Systems of Care in Connecticut. In September 2015, he was appointed as Chair of this Task Force, which created a series of recommendations, that were then presented to the legislature’s Public Health committee for potential action.
He and a grassroots working group consisting of regional stroke leaders, and advocates, have continued their volunteer efforts within the state legislature, to further improve state-wide stroke care. He assisted in the creation of Senate Bill 34, “An Act Concerning the Recognition of Stroke Centers”, which is currently before the Senate awaiting further action. If passed, this bill would ensure that every person in our state who experiences a stroke, receives the best possible treatment for their case. It would designate three types of stroke-ready hospitals, and establish transport protocols for EMS professionals.