Meet Dr. Mark Alberts
Stroke Specialist in Dallas
Widely recognized as a leader in stroke care and stroke research, neurologist Mark J. Alberts, M.D., serves as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics. He is at the forefront of medical breakthroughs to improve the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, including new methods to treat and prevent strokes.
“Several decades ago, neurologists could diagnose the problem, but we couldn’t offer a lot of treatments,” Dr. Alberts says. “Now we can diagnose better than before because of the advancements in technology, and we have a large number of therapeutic approaches and specific medications for a wide array of diseases.”
Dr. Alberts is an expert in the care of stroke patients. He also is Medical Director of the inpatient neurology service at UT Southwestern University Hospitals. He has been instrumental in developing national criteria for hospitals to become stroke centers.
“I’m proud of this work because of the impact it has on thousands of stroke patients, not just in the United States but also throughout the world. We have clear results from different studies in different parts of the world that all show patients cared for in a stroke center have better outcomes and lower death rates and are more likely to go home or to a rehabilitation facility,” Dr. Alberts says.
When he joined UT Southwestern in 2012, Dr. Albert became a very active leader in helping UT Southwestern achieve Joint Commission certification as an advanced comprehensive stroke center. For patients, this designation ensures access to the most highly trained stroke professionals and the latest proven treatment techniques and technologies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
He believes compassionate care and straightforwardness are key parts of providing effective care for patients. “I’ve found that stroke patients and their families want to know as much as I can tell them about what has happened and why,” he says. “Sometimes we don’t have all the answers, but I try to be honest and forthcoming and involve them in the process so they know what to expect.”
Dr. Alberts approaches each patient as an individual and tailors treatment based on his or her needs and circumstances. The basics of stroke care might be the same, he says, but each patient is different, and the options and approaches need to be tailored for that patient.
Prior to joining UT Southwestern, he was Director of the Stroke Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which became a primary stroke center under his direction.