The Team

​​​​Medical Director: Dr. Frank Silver​

Nurse Manager: Arlene Vasconcelos

Advanced Practice Nurse Educator: Maria Chiera-Lyle

Nurse Practitioner (NP): The NP is a registered nurse and is a licensed practitioner with additional training and education. The NP has the authority to diagnose, order and interpret your tests. He or she can also prescribe medicines and discharge you from the hospital. The NP helps to coordinate your care with other members of the healthcare team.

Registered Nurse (RN):  Your nurse is responsible for your daily care. You will meet several nurses throughout your hospital stay. Your nurse can provide you with information or direct your questions to other members of the healthcare team as necessary. The nurses received special training to look after patients in the Neurovascular Unit (NVU).

Patient Care Assistants (PCA): PCAs help the nurses to provide the best patient care. They help with daily living tasks such as feeding, turning, bathing, and transferring.

Nurse Manager: The nurse manager is responsible for all the nurses, ward clerks and PCAs making sure that you receive good care. She is there to help you with any questions and concerns that you or your family may have.

Ward Clerks: Ward clerks are located at the nurse's station. They are your first contact when you come to the unit and are a good resource for you and your family.

Pharmacist: The pharmacist will work with your doctor and/or NP to decide what medicines you need. The pharmacist will teach you how to use these medicines and will answer your questions including medication benefits and side effects.


Physiotherapist (PT): The physiotherapist will assess:

  • Your strength
  • Your balance
  • Our coordination
  • How well you can walk and move safely

The PT will create a treatment plan with you and other members of the health care team. The goal is to help you become a physically independent as possible.

Occupational Therapist (OT): The occupational therapist will assess how you will return to activities you need to/want to be able to do including:

  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Return to work/driving
  • Cooking
  • Homemaking
  • Banking
  • Other activities you usually enjoy

The OT will create a treatment plan with you and other members of the health care team. The goal is to provide support so that you are as independent in your daily life as possible.

Research Team: The Toronto Western Hospital is a teaching hospital and is involved in many research studies. During your stay on the NVU, a Research Coordinator and doctor may talk to you and invite you to join a study if you qualify. You can choose whether or not you would like to join. If you do choose to join, you will be taken by the Research team as well as the rest of the regular NVU team members. If you decide not to participate, your care will not be affected in any way.

Medical students, residents and fellows also may be part of our team. Learn more about health care professional trainees at UHN​.​

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