Elliot T. Dawson, MD| Vascular Neurology, Neurology | MedStar Health

Elliot T. Dawson, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialties: Vascular Neurology, Neurology, Stroke

Languages: English


About me

Elliot Dawson, MD, serves as chief of the division of neurology, director of the vascular neurology program, and director of the stroke program at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Under his leadership, the hospital is working to expand its stroke program, with a goal to upgrade from a Primary Stroke Center to a Comprehensive Stroke Center, in accordance with regulatory requirements from MIEMSS and The Joint Commission. This designation will allow Dr. Dawson and colleagues to deliver the full-range of care for complex stroke patients including thrombolytic therapy, endovascular interventions, and open surgical procedures at Franklin Square.

Dr. Dawson currently practices as a vascular neurologist and adult neurohospitalist, primarily treating patients presenting to the emergency department and admitted to the hospital. He joined MedStar Health after serving in similar roles with a private practice in Southern California. While there, he also practiced at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, serving as medical director of both the department of neurosciences and the stroke program. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Society for Vascular and Interventional Neurology, and the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery.

In addition to his administrative leadership roles with the Stroke Program, he leads the fast-growing, subspecialty-focused outpatient Neurology practice at MedStar Franklin Square. The Neurology practice has mission to commit to our communities to provide access to the highest standard in healthcare, from one day to the next.

“Neurology is a cherished practice that allows me to offer explanations, solutions, and life-saving treatments that were not available years ago. With each patient I see, I learn about a member of our community, listen to what is most important to him or her, and determine how to meet their needs. I love that every day presents new opportunities to offer hope, promote wellness, and practice generosity.” —Dr. Elliot T. Dawson

Clinical areas of focus

  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Disorder Of Balance
  • Dizziness
  • Moyamoya
  • Numbness
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Tingling
  • Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)
  • Unsteady Gait
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Impairment
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Aneurysm
  • Aphasia
  • Arterial Malformation Brain
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Brain Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Cadasil
  • Cadasil Syndrome
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis
  • Central Nervous System Lupus
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebral Atherosclerosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Microvascular Injury
  • Cerebral Small Vessel Disease (CSVD)
  • Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders
  • Cerebrovascular Insufficiency
  • CNS Vasculitis
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Disorder Of Balance
  • Dissection Carotid Artery
  • Dissection Of Vertebral Artery
  • Dizziness
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Facial Droop
  • Facial Paresis
  • Hemineglect
  • Hemiparesis
  • Hemiplegia
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke
  • Horner Syndrome
  • Intracranial Arterial Occlusion
  • Intracranial Artery Stenosis
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Ischemic Stroke
  • Lacunar Stroke
  • Moyamoya
  • Neurovascular Disease
  • Non Ruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Numbness
  • Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome
  • Receptive Aphasia
  • Stroke Related Spasticity
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Tingling
  • Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)
  • Unsteady Gait
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Brain
  • Vertebral Artery Stenosis
  • Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Impairment
  • White Matter Hyperintensities
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Procedures I perform

  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Thrombolysis
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Practice locations

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9000 Franklin Square Drive
Suite 2CB
Baltimore, MD, 21237


Fax 443-777-8320

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Fax 443-777-8320


MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Tricare Prime
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Student Resources
    • First Health PPO
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • CIGNA Indemnity



Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology

Fellowship Program: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education (2018)

Residency Program: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education (2017)

Internship Program: University of California Irvine Medical Center (2014)

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (2013)

News and publications

Original articles

  1. Dawson ET, Graffeo CS, Murphy ME, Black DF, Parisi JE, Crum BA, et al. Expanding the spectrum of subacute diencephalic angioencephalopathy. J Clin Neurosci. 2015. (shared first-authorship)

  2. Dawson ET, Brown DA, Rabinstein A. Headache, TIA, and Subarachnoid Haemorrhage: Dissecting an Unusual Cause for Stroke-Like Symptoms. BMJ Case Reports. 2017

  3. Townley RA, Dawson ETDrubach DA. Heterozygous genotype at codon 129 correlates with prolonged disease course in Heidenhain variant sporadic CJD: case report. Neurocase. 2018 Feb; 24 (1):54-58 Epub 2018 Feb 13

  4. Vercelli GGCampeau NGMacedo TA, Dawson ET, Lanzino G. De novo formation of a carotid web: case report. J Neurosurg. 2018 Nov 1:1-4.

  5. Rao SJ, Khurana S, Murthy G, Dawson ET, Jazebi N, Haas CJ. A case of Guillain-Barre syndrome following Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2021 Sep 20;11(5):597-600.

Book Chapter

  1. Dawson ET, Hocker SA. Neurologic Complications of Commonly Used Drugs in the Hospital Setting. 2015. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, Vol 16.


  1. Warrior L, Kim CY, Burdick D, Dawson ET, et al. Leading with inclusion during the COVID-10 Pandemic Stronger Together. Neurology. August 2020.