Dr. Marilyn Rymer is a founder and director of the Mid-America Brain and Stroke Institute (MABSI) at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO. She and the hospital have gained national and international recognition for innovative research and treatment of strokes, the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability in adults. The New York Times, the television series 48 Hours, and the Discovery Channel have all featured her work and the accomplishments of the Stroke Center at Saint Luke's Hospital. In 1996 she became the first woman elected Chief of Staff at Saint Luke's Hospital. She is the past Vice-President of the Saint Luke's Hospital Foundation Board and served as Chair of the Funding Priorities Committee. She also served as National Chair for the VHA Stroke Initiative and travels the country leading workshops on the prevention and treatment of stroke. Dr. Rymer graduated from Washington University School of Medicine and then completed a Neurology residency at the University of Wisconsin and a neurochemistry fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She has practiced neurology in Kansas City since 1980.
"Anything that sort of tests our old thinking, which is that you can't get better after a year, I always think is exciting."