Thanh Phan


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Adjunct Clinical Professor Thanh Phan has been Head of Stroke at Monash Health since 2004 and has developed a first class stroke team, providing stroke services in the areas of Transient Ischemic Attack, acute thrombolysis, interventional radiology and stroke unit care.

Prof Phan obtained his MBBS from University of New South Wales and has subsequently undertaken fellowships in Epilepsy, Neurology, Stroke and Neurocritical care in Cerebrovascular disease, including time at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and was an NHMRC Postgraduate Research Scholar. In 2008 he completed his PhD (University of Melbourne) with a thesis entitled Applications of MR Imaging in acute ischaemic stroke.

Currently a full-time staff specialist Neurologist in the Department of Neurosciences at Monash Health, Prof Phan undertakes ward service at both Clayton and Dandenong campuses, consults at Monash Neurology and in addition runs comprehensive stroke, young stroke, TIA and Minor stroke outpatient clinics. He is actively involved in the teaching of Advanced Physician Trainees in both Neurology and Stroke and provides supervision for a Doctorate student and the Monash Stroke Fellowship program.

Prof Phan is also extremely active in conducting research into several aspects of cerebrovascular disease and neurological diseases. He leads the Acute Stroke, Data mining and Imaging Division of the Stroke and Ageing Research Group (STAR) in the Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. These include neuroimaging studies involving CT, MRI, PET and LORETA transformation of EEG studies, health service modelling and evaluation, basic and computational studies of the cerebral circulation, and clinical trial design. Outside of cerebrovascular diseases, his neurological research interests include video-based neurological teaching (e.g. seizure recognition) prediction of coma outcome and migraine. He is chief investigator on NHMRC grants and co-supervises 2 PhD students and one Dpsych student.


  • Neurology
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • acute thrombolysis
  • interventional radiology
  • stroke

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Projects 2005 2024

Research Output 2000 2019

Medical health care utilization cost of patients presenting with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures

Seneviratne, U., Low, Z. M., Low, Z. X., Hehir, A., Paramaswaran, S., Foong, M., Ma, H. & Phan, T. G., 1 Feb 2019, In : Epilepsia. 60, 2, p. 349-357 9 p.

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Stroke Severity Versus Dysphagia Screen as Driver for Post-stroke Pneumonia

Phan, T. G., Kooblal, T., Matley, C., Singhal, S., Clissold, B., Ly, J., Thrift, A. G., Srikanth, V. & Ma, H., 1 Jan 2019, In : Frontiers in Neurology. 10, JAN, 7 p., 16.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Type 2 diabetes mellitus, brain atrophy and cognitive decline in older people: a longitudinal study

Callisaya, M. L., Beare, R., Moran, C., Phan, T., Wang, W. & Srikanth, V. K., 20 Feb 2019, In : Diabetologia. 62, 3, p. 448–458 11 p.

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Acute or Delayed Systemic Administration of Human Amnion Epithelial Cells Improves Outcomes in Experimental Stroke

Evans, M. A., Lim, R., Kim, H. A., Chu, H. X., Gardiner-Mann, C. V., Taylor, K. W. E., Chan, C. T., Brait, V. H., Lee, S., Dinh, Q. N., Vinh, A., Phan, T. G., Srikanth, V. K., Ma, H., Arumugam, T. V., Fann, D. Y., Poh, L., Hunt, C. P. J., Pouton, C. W., Haynes, J. M. & 12 othersSelemidis, S., Kwan, W., Teo, L., Bourne, J. A., Neumann, S., Young, S., Gowing, E. K., Drummond, G. R., Clarkson, A. N., Wallace, E. M., Sobey, C. G. & Broughton, B. R. S., 1 Mar 2018, In : Stroke. 49, 3, p. 700-709 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review