Louis R. Caplan

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Louis R. Caplan
Born (1936-12-31) December 31, 1936 (age 80)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Education Williams College
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Years active 1962-
Known for Stroke research
Medical career
Profession Neurologist, Author
Institutions Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
New England Medical Center
University of Chicago
Specialism Stroke
Research Neurology

Louis R. Caplan (born December 31, 1936) is an American physician who is a senior member of the Division of Cerebrovascular Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. He is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, and the founder of the Harvard Stroke Registry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Caplan is the author or editor of 37 books and more than 600 articles in medical journals.[1]


Caplan was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 31, 1936. His father worked in a drugstore and neither his parents went to college. Caplan graduated from the A course at Baltimore City College High School and then attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. There he was elected as a college junior to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude in 1958. Although a pre-med student, he majored in history and was the recipient of the Williams College history prize. Caplan then attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and graduated in 1962 summa cum laude and was the valedictorian the class.[2]


Caplan is a senior member of the Division of Cerebrovascular Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. He is a member of many professional societies, serving as an officer on committees for the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Neurological Association. He has served as the Chair of both the Boston Society of Neurology and the Chicago Neurological Society.


  • Stroke (American Academy of Neurology), by Louis R. Caplan, October 1, 2005
  • Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal, by Cleo Hutton and M.D., Louis R. Caplan, May 1, 2003
  • Stroke Syndromes, by Julien Bogousslavsky and Louis R. Caplan
  • Stroke: A Clinical Approach, by Louis R. Caplan, March 1993
  • Brain Embolism (Neurological Disease and Therapy), by Louis R. Caplan and Warren J. Manning, July 11, 2006
  • Cerebrovascular Disease, by H. Hunt Batjer, Louis R. Caplan, Lars Friberg, and Ralph G., Jr. Greenlee January, 1997
  • American Heart Association: Family Guide to Stroke, Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention, by Louis R. Caplan, Mark L. Dyken, and Donald Easton Paperback, 1994
  • Primer on Cerebrovascular Diseases, by M.A. Welch, Louis R. Caplan, Donald J. Reis, and Bo K. Siesjo, April 25, 1997
  • Brain-Stem Localization and Function, by Louis R. Caplan, H. Ch Hopf, R. Besser, and Gunter Kramer, October 1993
  • Cerebral Small Artery Disease (Advances in Neurology), by Patrick M. Pullicino, Louis R. Caplan, and Marc Hommel, July 1993
  • Cerebrovascular Diseases: Nineteenth Princeton Stroke Conference (Princeton Research Conference on Cerebrovascular Diseases//Cerebrovascular Diseases, by Princeton Stroke Conference, Michael A. Moskowitz, and Louis R. Caplan


  1. ^ "Nature Clinical Practice Neurology". Nature Publishing Group. 2008-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Louis R. Caplan, M.D.". American Neurological Association Group. Retrieved 2008-04-27. [dead link]