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Neurology Fellowships

Thank you for your interest in training in the Department of Neurology at Cleveland Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic is recognized as a National Healthcare Resource and is composed of a 900-bed hospital, an extensive outpatient clinic network, and a large research complex. A full-time staff of over 1,100 physicians represents all subspecialty areas within medicine and surgery. The total house staff numbers approximately 800 physicians. Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University was launched in 2004. Over 500 medical students, including those from outside institutions, complete rotations at Cleveland Clinic every year.

In the Neurology Program, we accept two pediatric neurology and eight adult neurology residents per year. Postgraduate fellowships are available in EEG/epilepsy, EMG/neuromuscular disease, headache, neuroimmunology (multiple sclerosis), neuro intensive care, sleep medicine, and vascular neurology. A fellowship is also available in basic neuroimmunology research.

Our Neurology Department staff of 70 represents a faculty with a broad and diverse expertise in all subspecialty areas of Neurology.

Cleveland Clinic has always been committed to excellence in patient care and research in the diseases that affect our patients. We take special pride in training future neurology practitioners and look forward to meeting and visiting with you.

Sincerely,

Kerry Levin, MD
levink@ccf.org
Chairman, Department of Neurology

Kerry Levin







ACGME

Clinical Neurophysiology: EEG/Epilepsy Track

There are a total of five positions offered for this fellowship per year.

This fellowship program is accredited by the ACGME and qualifies candidates to sit for the American Academy of Neurology Board Certification with Added Qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology. This program has a focus on clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy. This program offers extensive didactic teaching with conferences including: Neurology Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Patient Management Conference, Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Epilepsy Grand Rounds, Fellows’ Epilepsy Case Discussion, Invasive Patient Management Conference, Epilepsy Journal Club, and special sessions on Epilepsy Neuroradiology, Surgical Neuroanatomy, Evoked Potentials, and Epilepsy Neuropathology.

This program begins with a three month didactics course. During this time fellows will be taught core topics in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. Fellows will have a longitudinal epilepsy clinic with supervision from one of the epilepsy center staff. The fellows will rotate on the epilepsy in-patient and consult services. Fellows are trained to read non-invasive and invasive video-EEG monitoring cases as well as reading routine EEG, ambulatory EEG, Evoked Potentials, Wada tests, and long-term ICU EEG monitoring studies.

Mornings consist of lectures on basic neurophysiology, EEG, epilepsy and seizure classification, digital EEG, and neuroimaging of epilepsy. Morning group discussions of EEG records, evoked potentials, and sleep studies also take place. Afternoons are spent in rounds in the adult or pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Units, EEG and evoked potential reading sessions, and the adult or pediatric outpatient clinic.

Elective rotations are offered in intra-operative monitoring, sleep medicine, EMG, and MEG. Adult and pediatric trainees are strongly encouraged to participate in clinical or basic research under the direction of staff physicians.

Adult Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG & Epilepsy Track

Three to four positions are offered per year. Eligible trainees include physicians who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited Adult Neurology Residency Program in the United States or RCPSC-accredited Adult Neurology Residency Program in Canada. All International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program. Trainees participate in epilepsy monitoring of adult and pediatric patients, interpretation of routine EEGs and evoked potentials, and the management of patients with epilepsy and sleep disorders in the hospital and outpatient clinic. Trainees have their own longitudinal clinic where patients with epilepsy are evaluated under the supervision of staff neurologists. Video-EEG monitoring is performed on patients in the 10-bed Adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit under the direction of nine adult epileptologists. Over 400 adults are evaluated annually with video-EEG, and over 160 proceed to surgery. Invasive monitoring is performed using depth or subdural electrodes of which over 80 were performed per year. This program offers a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of adults and children with epilepsy, including surgical and investigational treatments.

Pediatric Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG & Epilepsy Track

One or two positions are offered per year. Eligible trainees include physicians who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited Pediatric Neurology Residency Program in the United States or RCPSC-accredited Pediatric Neurology Residency Program in Canada. All International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program. Pediatric trainees participate in all of the educational and academic activities described above for the Clinical Neurophysiology Epilepsy programs in general, and share in the interpretation of adult and pediatric routine EEGs, evoked potentials, and sleep studies. However, the majority of clinical, hospital, and video-EEG exposure for pediatric epilepsy fellows is on pediatric patients.

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

Fellowship Application

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
  • Digital Photo
Contact Person:
Neuroendovascular/Interventional Neuroradiology

The Section of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery oversees patient care and postgraduate education in both basic and clinical research pertaining to the microsurgical or endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular disease. Post-graduate fellowships in endovascular and cerebrovascular micro-neurosurgery are offered. Unique to Cleveland Clinic is the integration of the cerebrovascular surgery and the endovascular neurosurgery departments, optimizing patient care. It represents a vital component of a multispecialty cerebrovascular center providing a seamless environment for interaction with diagnostic neuroradiology, neuroanesthesia, neurosurgical intensive care, stroke neurology, and radiation oncology clinical services and the basic neuroscience research group. Since the inception, both surgical and endovascular case volumes have increased steadily.

Endovascular fellows on the unified cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery service will find it both busy and challenging. Specialists in the section provide microsurgical and endovascular treatment for occlusive cerebrovascular disease, cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformation and other extra- and intra-cranial cerebrovascular diseases. In addition to cerebrovascular disorders, additional experience is gained in the management of skull base lesions (pre-operative embolization and test balloon occlusions), as well as functional testing (WADA testing). Moreover, fellows will gain experience in other interventional techniques, including treatment of cranial facial vascular malformation, intra-arterial chemotherapy administration, and percutaneous therapeutic spinal procedures.

Section members view fellowship training education as an extremely important responsibility. The educational objectives include mastery of key interventional skills in cerebrovascular disease including management of patient data to provide unified care plans. In addition, there is an emphasis on real time development of problem-solving skills in the endovascular suite, intensive care unit ward and in the outpatient clinic. Routine interaction with the cerebrovascular surgeons allows the fellows opportunities to participate in a wide variety of microsurgical treatment options for patients with cerebrovascular disease.

The section has active clinical and basic research programs and fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in the cerebrovascular research laboratory under the supervision of the appropriate basic scientist or clinical faculty. Endovascular training is an ACGME-eligible endovascular neurosurgery curriculum.

All applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in the United States or RCPSC-accredited residency program in Canada in one of the following specialties: Neurology, Neurosurgery, or Neuroradiology. All International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program. The program duration will be two-three years depending on the candidate’s background. The variation in the program length beyond two years is to accommodate applicants differing residency backgrounds.

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

Fellowship Application

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
Contact Person:
Preparatory Experience
  • One year dedicated NES/INR experience.

The specialty requires significant clinical training in the logic of cerebrovascular therapeutics, and therefore, the program would include clinical (including NICU) experience, neuroimaging, medical physics, radiation safety; and catheter work in NES/INR. Training in NES/INR will be conducted primarily in the bi-plane angiography suite in the neuroradiology department, at the CCF neurosurgical operating rooms, as well as the investigational angiography suite in the animal vivarium at L10.

Neuromuscular Medicine

This is a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine. Three positions are available per year. Eligible trainees include physicians who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in the United States or RCPSC-accredited residency program in Canada in one of the following specialties: Neurology or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. All International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program.

The Neuromuscular Section of the Department of Neurology includes nine full-time staff physicians. Annually, we see over 400 inpatients and over 3,000 outpatients with neuromuscular diseases, and perform over 3,000 EMG studies. The Neuromuscular Section also operates an autonomic disorders laboratory (tilt table, valsalva, and pupillometry testing), quantitative sensory testing laboratory (QST, QSART, thermoregulatory sweat testing), quantitative muscle testing laboratory, histopathology laboratory for epidermal nerve fiber analysis, neuromuscular ultrasound laboratory, and skin, nerve and muscle biopsy services.

Program Structure

The program begins with a one-month didactic lecture series, covering basic clinical neurophysiology, EMG, NCS, neuromuscular anatomy, clinical disorders, and neuromuscular histopathology. Thereafter, 50% of the time is spent in clinical neuromuscular disease activities (adult and pediatric neuromuscular clinics, ALS clinic, myopathy clinic, inpatient and critical care neuromuscular consultations), and 30-40% of the time is spent in the EMG Laboratory. The remaining time is dedicated to nerve and muscle pathology and research. Additional opportunities include nerve, muscle, and skin biopsy techniques, interpretation of epidermal nerve fiber morphology, autonomic studies, QSART, QST, thermoregulatory sweat testing, single fiber electromyography, and nerve and muscle ultrasonography. Trainees can expect to perform 500 EMG studies during their year of fellowship, including the whole spectrum of neuromuscular disease. In the clinics, fellows develop competency in the assessment and management of neuromuscular disorders. Fellows rotate through a multidisciplinary ALS clinic on the Cleveland Clinic main campus as well as the MDA clinic at Metro Hospital.

A number of conferences occur throughout the year, including Neurology Grand Rounds, EMG case conference, nerve and muscle biopsy review conference, Neuromuscular Case Conference, and journal club. Fellows participate in the preparation and presentation of neuromuscular CPCs and neuromuscular seminars. Fellows are encouraged to pick among many available research topics, and work with a staff mentor to complete the project.

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

Fellowship Application

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
Contact Person:
Sleep Medicine

Cleveland Clinic's Sleep Medicine Fellowship is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program designed to provide trainees with a range of competencies in sleep medicine. The fellowship provides eligibility for the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Trainees are provided with a broad exposure to sleep medicine including polysomnographic technology and the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with sleep disorders. Over 9000 studies are performed annually, including routine polysomnography (PSG), multiple sleep latency tests, maintenance of wakefulness tests, home sleep testing, actigraphy, positive airway pressure titrations, neonatal and pediatric studies, and combined PSG with extended EEG/EMG for the evaluation of nocturnal seizures and parasomnias. The center is multidisciplinary, with sleep experts from the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Psychology, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Otolaryngology who supervise trainees.

About the Fellowship
  • 1 year ACGME-accredited program
  • 100% board pass rate for all graduates at least since 2007
  • Located at Cleveland Clinic Fairhill Sleep Center
    • Over 9,000 sleep studies are performed every year
    • Studies include PSG, HST, PAP titration, ASV, MSLT, MWT, and PAP Naps
    • Sleep board certified staff attendings from neurology, pulmonary critical care, internal medicine, pediatric medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, and otolaryngology
    • Additional clinical rotations with sleep psychologists, pediatric ENT, and pediatric pulmonologists
  • Part of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute and Neurology Department
    • Neurology and Neurosurgery programs ranked 6th in the nation by World News Report
  • Access to numerous online and printed resources through the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library
  • Electronic medical record for all clinical encounters with Epic
  • 3 week introductory course at the beginning of the fellowship with core lectures on common sleep disorders, sleep study scoring/staging, and general workflow at Fairhill Sleep Center
    • 4 clinical rotations – rotate every 2 weeks
      • Lab – protocol, interpret, and read adult sleep studies
      • Clinic 1 – adult new patient office visits
      • Clinic 2 (peds) – peds new and established patient office visits
      • Clinic 3 – adult new patient office visits and inpatient consultations
  • Rotating home call
  • Longitudinal clinic – 2 half days per week
  • Sleep Skills Groups – group visits for patients with insomnia
  • Sleep Apnea Management clinic – group visit for patients struggling with PAP therapy
  • Research – research project with mentor with goal to present at APSS in June
  • Journal Clubs – monthly
  • Case presentations – monthly
  • Didactic lecture course schedule throughout the year including clinical and research topics
  • Business review meetings
  • Medical director meetings
  • Sleep tech meetings
Who Qualifies?

The ACGME guidelines specify that training in Sleep Medicine must be preceded by the completion of a residency program in neurology, child neurology, general psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine, anesthesiology or otolaryngology. Please note, in order to apply for our program candidates must have successfully completed a residency in the US, Canada or Puerto Rico. All International Medical Graduates must submit a certified copy of their current ECFMG certificate and qualifying exam results. J1 and HB1 visas accepted.

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship position please provide the following documents using ERAS:

  • Personal Statement
  • CV
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least three letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting,one of which must come from the Residency Program Director
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Certificate(s) of previous training
  • Medical School Diploma

Applications are accepted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System). We begin accepting applications on July 1. Interview dates are generally held in the second half of August and through the first half of September. We will stop reviewing applications on September 15th.

Contact Person:
Vascular Neurology

With an established stroke fellowship since 1982, the Cerebrovascular Center now offers an ACGME approved residency in Vascular Neurology. The Vascular Neurology fellowship is a one-year program designed to lead to one of three career pathways:

  1. Vascular Neurology -- The program meets all ACGME requirements for board eligibility in Vascular Neurology.
  2. Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (aka Interventional Neurology) -- One year of Vascular Neurology in an ACGME approved residency is a prerequisite for neurologists wishing to enter an Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology residency (a separate program and application).
  3. Stroke Clinical Trials and Epidemiology Vascular Neurology residents have an opportunity to obtain a Masters Degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Trial Design in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University. This program will entail an additional year of course work along with clinical responsibilities for the two year program.

The Vascular Neurology fellowship provides comprehensive training in the inpatient and outpatient management of cerebrovascular disorders by a large group of multidisciplinary faculty. Training in transcranial Doppler and carotid ultrasound, stroke neuroimaging, neurointerventional procedures, and neurocritical care are notable strengths of the program. In addition, there are numerous opportunities in clinical research focusing on acute stroke reperfusion therapy, interventional stroke therapy, stroke prevention, stroke epidemiology and outcomes. The Cerebrovascular Center has organized and participated in numerous cutting edge clinical trials over the past decade including PROACT, CREST, SAPPHIRE, MATCH, CLOSURE, DEDAS, SAMMPRIS, and POINT. Additionally, the stroke faculty is actively involved in design and implementation of large clinical trials for therapeutic intervention in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Eligible trainees include physicians who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in the United States or RCPSC-accredited residency program in Canada in Neurology. All International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program.

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship position please provide the following documents using ERAS:

  • Personal Statement
  • CV
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Certificate(s) of previous training
  • Medical School Diploma

Applicants may begin applying to ERAS Nov. 15 and the program will begin reviewing applications starting on Dec. 1.

Contact Person:

Non-Accredited

Clinical Neurophysiology: EEG/Epilepsy Track

The number of available positions for this fellowship varies per year.

This program is Non-Accredited and consists of candidates from one of two pools. Some candidates for this fellowship are trainees who have completed the ACGME-accredited Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship and stay on for a second year during which time they will obtain further training in invasive video-EEG monitoring and brain mapping techniques, focus further on subspecialties such as intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring, evoked potentials, pre-surgical evaluation of epilepsy, sleep disorders, educational activities, and/or epilepsy research.

The second pool of candidates for this fellowship are trainees who wish to further their training in Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG and Epilepsy and meet the following requirements: have already obtained training in Neurology and/or some training in Epilepsy, have passed their USMLE Steps 1 and 2 (CK & CS), and have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate. Candidates requesting an H-1B visa must also have successfully passed USMLE Step 3.

This program has a focus on clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy and/or pre-surgical evaluation of epilepsy. This program offers extensive didactic teaching with conferences including: Neurology Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Patient Management Conference, Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Epilepsy Grand Rounds, Fellows’ Epilepsy Case Discussion, Invasive Patient Management Conference, Epilepsy Journal Club, and special sessions on Epilepsy Neuroradiology, Surgical Neuroanatomy, Evoked Potentials, and Epilepsy Neuropathology.

For the second pool of candidates, this program begins with a three month didactics course. During this time fellows will be taught core topics in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy.

Fellows will have a longitudinal epilepsy clinic with supervision from one of the epilepsy center staff. Fellows will rotate on the epilepsy in-patient and consult services. Fellows are trained to read non-invasive and invasive video-EEG monitoring cases as well as reading routine EEG, ambulatory EEG, Evoked Potentials, Wada tests, and long-term ICU EEG monitoring studies. Mornings consist of lectures on basic neurophysiology, EEG, epilepsy and seizure classification, digital EEG, and neuroimaging of epilepsy. Morning group discussions of EEG records, evoked potentials, and sleep studies also take place. Afternoons are spent in rounds in the adult or pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Units, EEG and evoked potential reading sessions, and the adult or pediatric outpatient clinic.

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

Fellowship Application

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
  • Digital Photo
Contact Person:
Movement Disorders
Who we are looking for

We seek the best and brightest candidates who are looking to develop focused expertise within specific areas of movement disorders and who desire to become a recognized leader in the field. We encourage candidates to apply who aspire to become expert clinicians, and who have interests in clinical trials, translational or basic science research.

In the first year, the fellow indulges in training in diverse specialized movement disorders clinics with our faculty, and focus on developing his or her clinical skills, as well as skills in public speaking, presenting, and academic writing.

Most fellows choose to do a second (optional) year, selecting an area of interest and developing a plan to master the skills to be a successful leader in this area. We offer tailored programs in training fellows in the full spectrum of DBS neurology (pre-operative selection and evaluation, intraoperative physiological mapping, and DBS programming) and a variety of sub-specialty interests mentored by one of our faculty. Additionally, we have a wide breadth of research programs in clinical trials, translational or basic science research the fellow can train in.

Education Opportunity

Movement disorders fellows at Cleveland Clinic have the opportunity to rotate though faculty clinics with a broad variety of sub-specialization.

Fellows attend a variety of conferences. Neurology Grand Rounds is held once weekly. The Center for Neurological Restoration has a Grand Rounds presentation on a topic of systems neuroscience, movement disorders or functional surgery once a month. Additionally there are once-weekly DBS patient care conferences where functional neurosurgery, movement disorders neurology, psychiatry and neurophysiology meet to discuss prospective DBS patients from all perspectives. Once a month, fellows meet with staff to review interesting patient videos. Additionally, we hold a Northeast Ohio regional dinner twice a year to discuss interesting videos from across several area programs. Once a month, fellows also meet with staff for journal club where they alternate presenting interesting recent clinical movement disorders articles. Fellows and members of the movement disorders faculty also meet weekly with the Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering research groups for a neuromodulation journal club. Our fellows are encouraged to attend national meetings to present their research.

Candidates must have successfully passed USMLE Steps 1, 2CK and 2CS in order to apply to our program. Candidates requesting an H-1B visa must also have successfully passed USMLE Step 3. International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program.

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

Fellowship Application

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)

Please send your application packet to:

Center for Neurological Restoration, U2
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland OH 44195
Attn: Christina Morgan

Contact Person:
Neuroimmunology

This Fellowship is designed to train academically-oriented neurologists and physiatrists for a career combining patient care and clinical research in multiple sclerosis and related disorders. The training program is flexible; the specific curriculum and duration are tailored to the Fellow’s background, interests, and career goals.

One aspect of the fellowship is supervised patient care to develop specialized expertise in the diagnosis and management of MS and related disorders. The Mellen Center is a tertiary care center that provides consultation to health care professionals worldwide, and principal continuing care for patients in Ohio and the six surrounding states. Fellows participate as a member of a large multi-disciplinary clinical team.

The other potential focus of the fellowship is training in clinical research, most often experimental therapeutics but also epidemiology, imaging, neuropsychology, or rehabilitation. Fellows divide their time between participation as a co-investigator in ongoing clinical trials and research studies, graduate coursework, and conducting independent research, typically leading to a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research.

Fellows interested in focusing on clinical training typically spend most of their time seeing patients and complete the Fellowship in one year. Fellows interested in combining clinical training with training in clinical research typically spend 1-2 days per week seeing patients and need 2-3 years to complete the requirements for the Master’s Degree.

Three position per year are available. Applications are accepted beginning 24 months prior to the planned start date, and Fellows are selected on a rolling basis.

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

Fellowship Application

  • Completed Graduate Medical Education application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
Contact Person:

UCNS

Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry

Participants in this UCNS accredited fellowship will graduate from the program well prepared to direct the care of adults with degenerative cognitive disorders. Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, established in 2009, is dedicated to improving the lives of people with neurodegenerative disorders, those at risk for such disorders, and their caregivers. The increasing prevalence of these disorders has created an urgent need for experts in the diagnosis and management of cognitive decline.

During their two years of training, fellows will be part of a multidisciplinary team in the Center for Brain Health. Through its state-of-the-art clinical, research, drug development, and educational programs, the Center is becoming a world leader in:

  • Prediction of cognitive impairment based on known and suspected risk factors
  • Delay and prevention of cognitive impairment
  • Recognition and diagnosis of dementia syndromes
  • Treatment of cognitive symptoms
  • Recognition and management of physical and behavioral complications
  • Caregiver education and reduction of caregiver stress
  • Leveraging community resources to benefit the cognitively impaired

Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry fellows will gain substantial expertise in all these areas, working with faculty in both Las Vegas and Cleveland. The fellowship’s faculty roster includes specialists in general and behavioral neurology, psychiatry, neuroradiology, geropsychiatry, movement disorders, social work, psychology, and neuro-ethics. Although dedicated to excellence in the clinic, our faculty members are all experienced researchers and educators.

In the first year of the fellowship, trainees will be supervised in the clinic during patient encounters. In the second year, fellows will discuss their follow-up cases in weekly meetings with attendings. Board certified or eligible graduates of neurology and psychiatry may apply.

Please submit the following in order for us to process your application:

If you experience technical difficulties completing the application, please contact Susan Farris at farriss@ccf.org or 702.778.7006.

  • Your updated CV
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from your residency or hospital director)
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • All International Medical Graduates must submit a copy of their current ECFMG certificate and qualifying exam results.
Contact Person:
Headache Medicine

The Headache Section offers a UCNS accredited one-year fellowship program in clinical training and research. Fellows will gain experience in the diagnosis and management of adult and pediatric headache disorders. Management of chronic headache disorders is gained through our IMATCH program which is an intensive 3 week out-patient day program combining medical, psychological and physical therapies in a coordinated multidisciplinary program. The goal of the program is improvement in function despite the headache. Our 12 bed infusion room offers a unique opportunity to learn management of severe, acute headache, status migrainous, and analgesic overuse headache. Ample time in the schedule is set aside for the planning and development of one or more research projects under the guidance of staff. Participation in ongoing clinical trials is encouraged. Successful completion of the fellowship will prepare individuals for a career in clinical or academic practice. In order to apply to our program candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in the United States or a RCPSC-accredited residency program in Canada in one of the following specialties: Adult Neurology, Child Neurology, Medicine, Family Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine or Psychiatry. International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program.

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

Fellowship Application

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
Contact Person:
Neuro-Oncology

The Fellowship in Neuro-Oncology is a UCNS accredited one year fellowship based in the Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor Center (BBTC) that focuses on primary and metastatic brain tumors as well as the effects of cancer treatments. Fellows who graduate from the program will have the knowledge and skills to detect, and treat tumors affecting the nervous system as well as their complications. Other responsibilities and privileges will include participation in tumor board, research studies, and teaching students of medicine and allied health sciences. The Fellowship is intended for graduates of neurology, and medical oncology residencies. In order to apply to our program candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in the United States or a RCPSC-accredited residency program in Canada in one of the following specialties: Adult Neurology, Child Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Internal Medicine, or Medical Oncology. International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

Fellowship Application

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
Contact Person
Neurocritical Care

There are a total of three positions offered for this fellowship per year.

The Neurocritical Care fellowship is a two-year training program which meets the requirements for UCNS board certification in neurocritical care. The training program provides comprehensive training in neurocritical care including medical and surgical aspects of intensive care, and critical illness vascular neurology.

There is an active research program focused on the treatment of patients in the NICU. This includes active basic and clinical research on aspects of subarachnoid hemorrhage and clinical research focused on the management of ventilators in neurologically ill patients. Fellow participation in clinical research is actively encouraged.

Fellows gain in-depth experience in the introduction and management of endotracheal tubes, central venous catheters, Swan-Ganz catheters, intracranial pressure monitors, and brain tissue oxygen tension monitors, as well as the management of mechanical ventilation and the use of transcranial Doppler in the NICU.

Daily rounds in our dedicated NICU are an integral part of the educational experience. In addition, there is a formal didactic curriculum based on the guidelines set up by the UCNS. The Neurocritical Care fellowship works closely with Neurosurgery, Neurology, the Vascular Neurology Program, and the Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Program. We also manage a full spectrum of non-vascular neurocritical care problems including perioperative neurosurgical patients, neuromuscular disorders, trauma, and seizure disorders. Candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in the United States or a RCPSC-accredited residency program in Canada in order to apply to our program in one of the following specialties: Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, or Emergency Medicine. International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program.

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

Fellowship Application

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
Contact Person:

Outstanding patient care, education of those who serve and research are the three goals the Department of Neurology strives to achieve. As a part of that overall commitment to education, below are the recognized current neurology fellows who value the importance of providing the highest quality of medical care.


2014-2015 Clinical Fellows

Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry
Aaron Ritter, MD

Medical School: 2010, University of Colorado School of Medical, Aurora, Colorado
Residency: 2014, Psychiatry, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG & Epilepsy
Non-Accredited Program - Year Two
Ali Alanazi, MBBS

Medical School: 2005, Saudi Arabia – King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Residency: 2010, Neurology, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Camilo Garcia Gracia

Medical School: 2005 Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Residency: 2013 Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Weston, Fla.

Ika Noviawaty, MD

Medical School: 2005 Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science, China
Residency: 2013 Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.

Ghazala Preven, MD

Medical School: 2004 Dow Medical College, Pakistan
Residency: 2013 Neurology, University of Toledo, Toledo Ohio

ACGME Accredited Program - Year one
David Dufresne, MD, FRCPC

Medical School: 2009, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Canada
Residency: 2014, Pediatric Neurology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Mirret El-Hagrassy, MD

Medical School: 2006, Cairo University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt
Residency: 2014, Neurology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York

Karina Icay, MD

Medical School: 2010, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, Illinois
Residency: 2014, Neurology, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

Vineet Punia, MD, MS

Medical School: 2007, Guru Govind Singh Medical College, Punjab, India
Residency: 2014, Neurology, Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey

Lingling Rong, MD, MS

Medical School: 1986, Xuzhou Medical College, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, P.R. China
Residency: 2014, Neurology, University of South Florida, Tampa Florida

Diana Sieciechowicz, MD

Medical School: 2009, Jagiellonian University College of Medicine, Cracow, Poland
Residency: 2014, Child Neurology, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

Clinical Scholar
Aleksander Dionisio, MD (Chief Fellow)

Medical School: 2005, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Residency: 2008, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Residency: 2013, Royal Australian College of Physicians, Sydney, Australia

Lazarus Mayoglou, DO

Medical School: 2009, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pennsylvania
Residency: 2013, Neurology, UPMC Hamet Medical Center, Erie, Pennsylvania

Headache Medicine
Kasra Maasumi, MD, MS

Graduate School: 2004, Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California
Medical School: 2010, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, California
Residency: 2014, Neurology, Texas Tech Health Science University, Lubbock, Texas

Nauman Tariq, MD

Medical School: 2003, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
Residency: 2014, Neurology, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Minnesota

Movement Disorders
Shnehal Patel, MD

Medical School: 2010, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Residency: 2014, Neurology, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida

Aasef Shaikh, MD, PhD

Medical School: 2000, Medical College Vadodara, India
Doctorate: 2003, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
NIH post-doctoral fellowship: 2005, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Neurotology and ocular motility fellowship: 2009, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Residency: 2013, Neurology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Neurocritical Care
Year Two
Michael Brogan, MD

Medical School: 2009 University of Rochester, Rochester, Minn.
Residency: 2013 Neurology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va.

Farrukh Chaudhry, MD

Medical School: 2004 Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan
Residency: 2012 Neurology, Loyola University, Maywood, Ill.
Fellowship: 2013 Vascular Neurology, Loyola University, Maywood, Ill.

Jules Osias, MD, MPH

Medical School: 2009 Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, New York, N.Y .
Advanced Degree School: 2009 Master of Public Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, New York, N.Y.
Residency: 2013 Neurology, Hofstra North Shore - LIJ, Hempstead, N.Y.

Year One
Burhan Chaudhry, MD

Medical School: 2006, Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan
Residency: 2014, Neurology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi

Jamil Dibu, MD

Medical School: 2010, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Residency: 2014, Neurology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas

Marcey Osgood, DO

Medical School: 2010, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: 2014, Neurology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts

Neuroimmunology
Year Two
Carrie Hersh, DO

Medical School: 2009 Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Residency: 2013 Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Year One
Ian Rossman, MD, PhD

Graduate School: 2007, PhD in Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Rutgers-Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Piscataway, New Jersey
Medical School: 2009, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Residency: 2011, Pediatrics, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Residency: 2014, Child Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Adnan Subei, DO

Medical School: 2008, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pennsylvania
Fellowship: 2009, Neuro-ophthalmology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Residency: 2014, Neurology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Geraldine Dapul, MD

Medical School: 2010, St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
Residency: 2014, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Wayne State University, Taylor, Michigan

Neuromuscular Medicine
Rachel Donaldson, DO

Medical School: 2010, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, Virginia
Residency: 2014, Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Jhanvi Menon, MD

Medical School: 2008, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India
Residency: 2014, Neurology, University of Toledo Medical School, Toledo, Ohio

Qingshan Teng, MD, MS

Medical School: 1988, Qingdao Medical College, Shandong, China
Residency: 2014, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida

Neuro-Oncology
Zhi-Jian Chen, MD, PhD

Medical School: 1990, The Second Military Medical University, Bachelor of Medicine, Shanghai, China
Graduate School: 1996, PhD in Molecular Biology, The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China
Residency: 2014, Neurology, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Sleep Medicine
Chunmei Cui, MD

Medical School: 2001, Zhengzhou University Medical School, China
Residency: 2014, Neurology, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana

Samer El Zarif, MD

Medical School: 2006, University of Balamand, Lebanon
Residency: 2011, Internal Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital, New York, New York
Fellowship: 2014, Pulmonary & Critical Care, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama

Dileep Raman, MD

Medical School: 2005, Trichur Medical College, India
Residency: 2011, Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences, Lubbock, Texas
Fellowship: 2014, Pulmonary & Critical Care, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Bogdan Strambu, MD (Chief Fellow)

Medical School: 2001, Medicine and Pharmacy University School of Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Residency: 2008, Family Medicine, University Transilvania from Brasov, Faculty of Medicine, Brasov, Romania
Residency: 2014, Family Medicine, Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation. Cedar Rapids, IA

Vascular Neurology
Russell Cerejo, MD

Medical School: 2008, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, India
Residency: 2014, Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Ahmed Itrat, MD

Medical School: 2008, Aga Khan Medical College, Pakistan
Residency: 2014, Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Ather Taqui, MD

Medical School: 2008, Aga Khan Medical College, Pakistan
Residency: 2014, Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio


2014-2015 Research Fellows

Center for Neurological Restoration
Scott F. Lempka, PhD

Medical School: 2008 Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Doctorate: 2010 Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio
Research Fellowship: 2012Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Oluwadamilola Ojo, MD

Residency: 2007, Neurology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria)

Cerebrovascular Center
Lei Wang, MD, PhD

Medical School: 1990, Baotou Medical College, China
Residency: 1994, General Medicine, Baotou Hospital, China
Graduate School: 1998, Masters in Neurology, Department of the First Hospital of Beijing Medical University, China
Doctorate: 2011, PhD in Health Service Management of the Social Development and Public Policy Institute of Beijing Normal University, China

Epilepsy Center
Yiming Chai, MD

Medical School: 1999, Shanghai Second Medical University, Shanghai, P.R. China
Residency: 2005, Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R. China
Professional Experience: 2005-2012, Attending Neurologist, Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R. China
Professional Experience: 2012-2014, Associate Professor of Neurology, Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R. China

Ana Carolina Coan, MD, PhD

Medical School: 2009, Neurology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil
Medical School: 2010, Neurophysiology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil
Graduate School: 2006, Masters in Medical Physiopatology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil
Doctorate: 2013, PhD in Medical Physiopatology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil

Olesya Grinenko, MD, PhD

Medical School: 2007, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Residency: 2009, Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Moscow, Russia
Doctorate: 2012, PhD in Posttraumatic Epilepsy, Burdenko Neurosurgery Institute, Moscow, Russia
Experience: Sept-Dec 2013, Clinical Neurophysiology/Epilepsy Course, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Balu Krishnan, PhD

Undergraduate: 2005 Bachelor of Technology (Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering), College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India
Advanced Degree School: 2010 Master of Science (Electrical Engineering), Arizona State University, School of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering, Tempe, Ariz.
Doctor of Philosophy: 2012 Arizona State University (Electrical Engineering), School of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering, Tempe, Ariz.

Hiroatsu Murakami, MD

Medical School: 1998 Niigata University, Niigata, Japan
Doctorate: 2003 PhD in Neurophysiology, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan
Residency: 1999 Neurosurgery, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan

Irina Podkorytova, MD

Medical School: 1989 Per State Medical Academy, Perm, Russia

Panisra Sudachan, MD

Medical School: 1996, Khon Kaen University School of Medicine, Khonkaen, Thailand
Residency: 2005, Pediatrics, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Fellowship: 2007, Pediatrics, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Piradee Suwanpakdee, MD

Medical School: 2002 Chiangmai University, Chiangmai, Thailand
Residency: 2006 Pediatrics, Phramongkutklao Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
Fellowship: 2010 Pediatric Neurology, Phramongkutklao Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

Ursula Thomé Costa, MD, PhD

Medical School: 2004, Universidad Federal Fluminense, UFF, Niterol, Brazil
Residency: 2009, Universidad Federal Fluminense, UFF, Niterol, Brazil
Graduate School: 2011, Masters in Medicine, Universidad Federal Fluminense, UFF, Niterol, Brazil
Doctorate: 2012, Doctorate in Medicine, Faculdade de Medicine Ribeirao Preto, USP, FMRP, Brazil

Neurosurgery
Sara Qvarlander, PhD

Graduate School: 2008, Master of Science in Engineering Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockhom, Sweden
Doctorate: 2013, PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Sleep Disorders Center
Siriprang Changchit, MD

Medical School: 2001, Bangkok Metropolitan Medical College and Vajra Hospital, Thailand
Residency: 2008, Phramongkutklaw Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
Experience: 2008-2013, Neurologist, Paolo Memorial Phaholyotin Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

Yang Huo, MD

Medical School: 1999, China Medical University, Shenyang, China
Graduate School: 2006, Masters in Neurology, Peking University People’s Hospital, Beijing, China
Residency: 2013, Neurology, Peking University People’s Hospital, Beijing, China

Niratchada Sap-Anan, MD

Medical School: 2003, Maharaj Nakorn Chiangmai Hospital, Chiangmai, Thailand
Residency: 2010, Maharaj Nakorn Chiangmai Hospital, Chiangmai, Thailand
Fellowship: 2011, 1-year program Clinical Epilepsy Fellowship, King Chulalongkorn Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
Fellowship: 2013, Clinical Epilepsy Fellowship, Phramongkutklao Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
Fellowship: 2014, Research Epilepsy Fellowship, University Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Darunee Wiriyaporn, MD

Medical School: 2000, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Residency: 2006, Internal Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand Experience: 2009-2014, Instructor, Division of Respiratory Disease, Department of Medicine, Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital Royal Thai Air Force, Bangkok, Thailand

Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry

Cleveland Clinic is seeking applicants for its fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry commencing July 1, 2013. Two positions annually are available in the program. During their two years of training, fellows will be part of a multidisciplinary team in the Center for Brain Health. Through its state-of-the-art clinical, research, drug development, and educational programs, the Center is becoming a world leader in:

  • Prediction of cognitive impairment based on known and suspected risk factors
  • Delay and prevention of cognitive impairment
  • Recognition and diagnosis of dementia syndromes
  • Treatment of cognitive symptoms
  • Recognition and management of physical and behavioral complications
  • Caregiver education and reduction of caregiver stress
  • Leveraging community resources to benefit the cognitively impaired

Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry fellows will gain substantial expertise in all these areas, working with faculty in both Las Vegas and Cleveland. The fellowship’s faculty roster includes specialists in general and behavioral neurology, psychiatry, neuroradiology, geropsychiatry, movement disorders, social work, psychology, and neuro-ethics. Although dedicated to excellence in the clinic, our faculty members are all experienced researchers and educators. Board certified or eligible graduates of neurology, child neurology, psychiatry, or child and adolescent psychiatry may apply.

If you experience technical difficulties completing the application, please contact Susan Farris at farriss@ccf.org or 702.778.7006.

Please submit the following in order for us to process your application:

  1. Your updated CV
  2. Three letters of recommendation (one from your residency or hospital director)
  3. Personal statement
  4. USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  5. Medical School Diploma
  6. All International Medical Graduates must submit a copy of their current ECFMG certificate and qualifying exam results.

Please send all information to:

Dylan Wint, MD
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
888 West Bonneville Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Phone: 702.483.6048
Fax: 702.483.6039
Email: WintD@CCF.org