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 T. Dawson, MD, serves as Chair of the Department of Neurology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. He also holds leadership responsibilities at MedStar Harbor Hospital, serving as Chief of the Division of Neurology.

Dr. Dawson and his colleagues deliver the full-range of comprehensive, research and evidence-based care for complex stroke patients including thrombolytic therapy, endovascular interventions, and open surgical procedures at MedStar Franklin Square, recently named a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the Maryland Institute or EMS Systems (MIEMSS). This is the highest level of designation available for hospitals offering stroke services.

Additionally, Dr. Dawson practices as a vascular neurologist and adult neuro hospitalist, primarily treating patients presenting to the Emergency Department and admitted to the hospital. Under his leadership, MedStar Franklin Square’s neurology practice is growing rapidly, positioning itself as one of the best places to turn in the region for subspecialty-focused outpatient neurology care. The neurology team remains committed to is mission to provide access to the highest standard in healthcare, from one day to the next.

Dr. Dawson 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.

“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
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Tricare East Prime
    • United Choice Plus
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Carefirst EPO
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • Aetna HMO
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • United Choice
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Virginia Premier
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Cigna EPO
    • D-SNP)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • Kaiser Select
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • I-SNP
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • United Student Resources
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • United Navigate
    • Tricare East Select
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • United Golden Rule
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice



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.