Dr. Meyer is a clinician-scientist involved in the development and assessment of new neuroprotectant therapies, emergency diagnostic tools, medical personnel training strategies, and public education initiatives in the detection, treatment, and prevention of acute stroke.
As a general neurologist and as a clinical research physician, Dr. Meyer sees patients at the UCSD Medical Centers in Hillcrest and La Jolla, including the Emergency Departments at those sites for urgent neurologic care. He also serves as an attending physician for two weeks twice per year at the VA San Diego and UCSD Medical Centers.
As Co-Director of the UCSD Stroke Center, Dr. Meyer provides clinical evaluations for patients in the Stroke Research Clinic as well as in the Hillcrest and Perlman Ambulatory Care Stroke Clinics, receiving referrals from throughout San Diego County. Through his dedicated efforts, in collaboration with Center Director Patrick Lyden, MD, the Stroke Team unit at UCSD provides state-of-the-art, round-the-clock emergency neurologic evaluation and treatment for acute stroke.
Dr. Meyer also played a key role in the evidence-based revision of standard-of-care guidelines and orders for acute stroke resuscitation and management at UCSD and affiliate hospitals. In April 2007, he was named UCSD Physician of the Year by the Medical Staff Executive Committee.
Dr. Meyer's clinical practice is complemented and enhanced by his translational research activities. In addition to his co-investigator role on government- and industry-sponsored multi-site clinical trials for acute stroke treatment and prevention, he serves as Principal Investigator of the highly innovative telemedicine project Stroke Team Remote Evaluation Using a Digital Observation Camera, or STRokE DOC. Conducted under the auspices of the NINDS-funded Specialized Program of Translational Research in Acute Stroke (Patrick Lyden, Principal Investigator), STRokE DOC is a noninvasive prospective multi-center study of an interactive, 2-way, wireless or site-independent audiovisual teleconsultation application, designed for real-time evaluation and thrombolytic treatment of acute stroke patients in remote hospital settings.
Given the short therapeutic time window of acute ischemic stroke, this telemedicine system holds great promise as a means of bringing, on a 24/7 basis, remote neurological expertise and experienced examination of acute stroke symptoms and deficits to rural and other underserved facilities that receive acute stroke victims in their Emergency Departments. As the primary health IT visionary and architect behind this project, Dr. Meyer is a key contributor of the team that has made the UCSD Stroke Center one of the leading sites of translational stroke research in the United States.
Dr. Meyer devotes substantial time to formal and informal instruction of medical students and residents. His efforts earned him the annual Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the neurology residents over the period 2002-2005. In community-based activities, he is an active member of the San Diego Stroke Council/Operation Stroke. This is the largest committee of stroke neurologists and health care providers for cerebrovascular disease in San Diego County.
His commitment to education extends to volunteer activities as well, which include his service as physician educator for the American Heart Association Community Education Subcommittee and membership in the San Diego Neurological Society.