Dear colleagues:

It is with mixed emotions that we share the news that Dr. Steven Cramer, professor of Neurology, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and associate director of our Institute for Clinical & Translational Science, will be leaving UCI to become the director of research at the California Rehabilitation Institute, a joint venture between UCLA, Cedars Sinai and Select Medical, located in Century City, CA.

Dr. Cramer is a long-standing member of the UCI School of Medicine faculty, joining as assistant professor in 2002 and progressing to the rank of full professor in 2010. He is an excellent clinician, having trained in both internal medicine and neurology, with subspecialty training in stroke. His illustrious career in neurology has garnered him international recognition in stroke rehabilitation and neuronal plasticity.

As the founder director of the UCI Health Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center, Dr. Cramer was instrumental in creating the Orange County Stroke Network. A world renowned researcher, he received multiple NIH and AHA grants and served as principal investigator on a number of seminal studies. Over the course of his career, he served as director of the stroke center on two separate occasions.  He also served as clinical director of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center and as associate director of UCI’s Institute for Clinical & Translational Sciences (ICTS). Most recently, Dr. Cramer served as a co-investigator and a member of the steering committee for the NeuroNEXT grant awarded to UCI. In addition, he was the site principal investigator for Strokenet, an NIH-funded stroke trials network. 

A superb mentor, he counseled many individuals here at UCI, including Drs. An Do and Jack Lin, for their K-awards and research development.  He mentored others at regional and national universities, including Chapman University, University of Southern California and the University of Rochester.  Over the last 15 years, he has given numerous national and international lectures, published over 160 peer-reviewed journal articles and authored a book on stroke rehabilitation.

Dr. Cramer will be a tremendous asset in his new role with the California Rehabilitation Institute, as he pursues an excellent opportunity to develop a robust research program. We send him our best wishes.  He will be greatly missed. Dr. Cramer’s last day at UCI will be June 30, 2019.  Please take a few minutes to personally thank him for his contributions.


Michael J. Stamos, MD                                         Tahseen Mozaffar, MD
Dean, UCI School of Medicine                             Professor and Interim Chair, Neurology