Amytis "Amy" Towfighi

Amytis "Amy" Towfighi, MD

Co-Director, Research Development


Dr. Towfighi is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Director of Neurological Services and Innovation for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS).  Her research focuses on Chronic Care Model- based cardiovascular prevention interventions bridging healthcare systems with community settings. She has collaborated closely with UCLA researchers, developing and testing novel models of healthcare delivery in the DHS-safety net system. Dr. Towfighi is the primary SC CTSI liaison for team building in our new research collaboration with the LAC DHS and UCLA. Dr. Towfighi is actively involved with the LAC DHS, UCLA CTSI and SC CTSI Implementation Science Award to Improve Patient Care grant program and provides consultation services to USC research investigators who are interested in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions within LAC DHS to improve quality and efficiency of patient-centered care. Dr. Towfighi has an integral role in facilitating partnerships among LAC DHS, USC, UCLA and the community.

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Professional Background

Dr. Towfighi, Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinical Scholar), is Director of Neurological Services and Innovation for Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. She is also Director of the Chronic Care Management Integrated Care Team and Chair of the Neurology Department at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. She received her bachelor degree from MIT, MD from Johns Hopkins, completed internship at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Neurology Residency at the Harvard Partners Neurology Program (MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital), and Neurovascular Fellowship at UCLA.

She has published extensively on sex, race/ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in stroke, and is currently testing interventions designed to address disparities in post-stroke care. She received the prestigious Robert G. Siekert New Investigator in Stroke Award from the American Heart Association and Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize from the American Academy of Neurology.

She has been involved in three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of secondary stroke prevention interventions in the Los Angeles County – Department of Health Services (LAC-DHS) public safety-net system: (1) she was the site principal investigator for an American Heart Association-funded multi-center RCT of a chronic-care model based intervention for blood pressure control, SUSTAIN (Systematic Use of STroke Averting Interventions) (Overall PI: Vickrey, UCLA); (2) she was the principal investigator in an American Heart Association-funded RCT of a lifestyle intervention, HEALS (Healthy Eating And Lifestyle after Stroke) (Mentor: Vickrey); and (3) she is the principal investigator (Multiple PI: Towfighi/Vickrey) of an NINDS-funded RCT of an Advanced Practice Practitioner/Community Health Worker team intervention for improving risk factor control after stroke, the “Secondary stroke prevention by Uniting Community and Chronic care model teams Early to End Disparities (SUCCEED)” trial.


Openwater swimming, running, traveling to remote areas of the world.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.