Lesli Skolarus

Lesli Skolarus, M.D., M.S.

Professor, Neurology
Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education
Co-Division Chief, Stroke


Dr. Skolarus is a stroke neurologist whose research focuses on behavioral trials to promote health equity, community based participatory research and health services research. She holds a Master’s degree in Health and Health Care Research.

Dr. Skolarus is deeply committed to promoting health equity. For the last 10 years, she has worked in partnership with the Flint community to prevent stroke and to increase acute stroke treatments in Flint, Michigan. Her research also explores the impact of post-acute care and end-of-life preferences on disability. She has published over 75 manuscripts. Presently, she serves as the Principal Investigator on four NIH-funded studies.

Dr. Skolarus sees stroke patients in the hospital and clinic and is a member of the tele-stroke team.

Areas of Interest

Promotion of health equity through behavioral interventions and health services research.

Clinical Interests


Honors & Awards

Dr. Skolarus has received several academic awards. Most recently, she received the Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award in Clinical Science. The Award recognizes clinician-scientists who have made outstanding scientific advances in their early/mid careers. She has also received the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation McDevitt Excellence in Research Award, Inaugural Recipient of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center Community-Academic Partnership Award, and awards for team science and excellence in health disparities research.


Medical School or Training

  • Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2004


  • Washington University, Neurology, MO, 2008


  • Vascular Neurology, University of Michigan Health System, 2009

Board Certification

  • Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology

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