Meet the STAR Research Team

Sami Al Kasab

Sami Al Kasab, M.D.

Principal Investigator – Neuroendovascular Surgery

Sami’s absolute passion is providing care to stroke patients and educating others about stroke care. He has a particular interest in acute ischemic stroke management. He is a vascular neurologist, and a current Neuro-Endovascular Surgery fellow at MUSC. Over the past few years, he has been working on better understanding the challenges associated with mechanical thrombectomy such as cases of intracranial athersclerosis and patients with mild stroke symptoms with LVO. Additionally, he has focused on identifying potential methods to improve Door to Needle time and Door In Door Out over telestroke.

Reda Chalhoub

Reda Chalhoub, BS

MD/PhD Student – College of Medicine

Reda joined the STAR team as an MD/PhD student in 2018. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2016. He completed his first two years of medical school at AUB before joining the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) through an academic partnership with MUSC in 2018. Along with his involvement in STAR-related research projects, Reda is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Kalivas.

Eric Bass 

Eric Bass, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor – Neuroradiology

Eric graduated with a bachelor’s of science in Human Biology from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT in 1997 followed by medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1999-2003 on a military HPSP scholarship. He completed a transitional internship and radiology residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA in 2008 and served in the military as a diagnostic radiologist until 2015. At that time he completed a one year diagnostic neuroradiology fellowship at MUSC between 2015-2016 and then spent a few years in private practice in the pacific northwest. He rejoined the MUSC team as an Assistant Professor of Radiology in the Neuroradiology division in January 2020. He has long held a fascination for neurosciences as well as anatomy and imaging of the neuroaxis.

Meredith Robinson 

Meredith Robinson, MS

Clinical Research Manager – Neurosurgery

Meredith obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta in Canada. She then moved to South Africa and completed her MS in anatomy at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007. Meredith has worked at MUSC since 2008 and is the manager of the clinical research program in the Department of Neurosurgery. She is one of the research coordinators for STAR.