Meet Our Stroke Team

Doctor Iftekhar AhmedIftekhar Ahmed MD
Dr. Ahmed is a leader in Stroke / TIA care. He is the medical director of The Stroke Care Center at Research Medical Center. The hospital recently received Get With The Guidelines recognition for excellence in stroke care. Dr. Ahmed in conjunction with Research Medical Center, initiated a 24 - hour TIA Clinic at the hospital. Dr. Ahmed was recognized recently by an international society of neurologists in Nice , France and was invited to present his clinical publication in Austria. Additionally , Dr. Ahmed has presented his work at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology and was instrumental in Research Medical Centers Stroke Center receiving the International Stroke Societys highest award at its annual meeting two years in a row.

Doctor Shannon KohakeShannon Kohake MD
Dr. Shannon Kohake obtained her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. At the University of Cincinnati , she completed a fellowship in vascular neurology , a residency in adult neurology and an internship in internal medicine. Dr. Kohake has been recognized with the Spirit Award , the American Academy of Neurology Scholarship , the American Neurological Association Scholarship , and the Neurology Residents Scholar Program Scholarship. She has served as chief resident and instructor as well as on the Graduate Medical Education Committee for Internal Review of Neuroradiology Fellowship Program , the Neurology Residency Selection Committee and the Graduate Medical Education Executive Committee. She is a member of the American Heart Association , the American Stroke Association, and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Kohake is board - certified in psychiatry and neurology.

Doctor Steven KosaSteven Kosa MD
Steven C. Kosa , MD is a board - certified neurologist who received his training from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester , Minn. Dr. Kosa is a general neurologist with specific interest and training in neuromuscular and peripheral nerve disorders , electromyography (EMG) , spasticity management , botulinum toxin therapy , Baclofen pump therapy , and headache treatment. He joined the Research Medical Center staff in 2009 after completing his residency. Dr. Kosa sees patients in the Kansas City office four days per week and also has an outreach clinic at Belton Regional Medical Center once weekly.

Jennifer Parreira, RN MSN FNP-BC
Jennifer Parreira, FNP obtained her undergraduate nursing degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and her Master’s degree and Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY. She has spent many years practicing in Neurology. She currently is the Stroke Program Coordinator at Research Medical center and is completing a Neuro-vascular Fellowship through University of Alabama. She is also a member of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Contact Information

Research Medical Center: (816) 276-4000
Research Neurology Associates: 816) 756-2651
Stroke Program Coordinator: 816) 276-3946