Overview

Overview

The Department of Neurology strives to reach three goals: outstanding patient care, education of those who serve, and research. The Department has a full-time professional staff of 70, representing all the major subspecialty areas in Neurology. While each member of the staff has a unique roll to play in the productivity of the Department, all are required to participate in the teaching and mentoring process. The Department of Neurology registers 40,000 outpatient visits per year, 6,000 of which represent new patient visits. There are 1,900 primary neurological admissions to Cleveland Clinic annually, and an additional 3,000 inpatient consultations are rendered annually.

The Department of Neurology supports three ACGME-accredited primary residency programs, including Adult Neurology and Child Neurology. In addition, the Department currently supports four ACGME-accredited post-residency subspecialty training programs, including Clinical Neurophysiology with focus in EMG/Neuromuscular Diseases, Clinical Neurophysiology with focus in EEG/Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology with focus in Sleep Medicine, and Vascular Neurology. In addition, the Department supports three other fellowship programs, including Headache/Pain, Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis, and Neurointensive Care.

Adult Neurology Residency Program

Adult Neurology Residency Program

Adult Neurology

The Neurology Residency Program, which is ACGME-accredited, accepts candidates through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). There are ten positions offered per year in our four-year (PGY-1 to PGY-4) program which includes a required first year in Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. There is no need to apply separately to Internal Medicine. 

First Year of Residency (PGY-1)

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) requires that the PGY-1 year be spent in an accredited medical training program. The Residency Review Committee for Neurology and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) specify that 12 months of general internal medicine training is ideal prior to entry into the three-year neurology residency. This year must include at least eight months of direct patient care in internal medicine, no more than two in emergency medicine, and no more than four in neurology.

First Year of Neurology Residency (PGY-2)

The majority of this year is spent in direct patient care, most of which is in the inpatient setting. Residents spend most of the inpatient months on the two main adult neurology inpatient services: cerebrovascular disease and general neurology. Each inpatient team consists of a senior neurology resident, two junior neurology residents, two or more rotating junior residents from other departments, and two medical students. The on-call schedule during inpatient months averages every fourth-sixth night. Cleveland Clinic uses a module system, with 13 four-week module rotations making up the academic year. In total, a PGY-2 resident has nine inpatient modules and four outpatient modules where they have their weekends off and no call. Longitudinal outpatient clinic is scheduled one-half day per week with a staff preceptor over six month blocks to ensure core subspecialty exposure.  Residents spend 8-12 afternoons over the course of their PGY-2 year in lumbar puncture clinics and have the option to be trained to do lumbar punctures using fluoroscopy. Additional imaging training includes a daily neuroradiology conference while on the inpatient services.

PGY-2 Schedule

Inpatient Rotations

  • Stroke Neurology: 3 modules
  • General Neurology: 3 modules
  • Neuro ICU: 1 module
  • Epilepsy: 1 module
  • Pediatric Consults: 1 module
  • Adult Consults: 0.5 modules

Outpatient Rotations

  • Elective: 3.5 modules

Second and Third Years of Neurology Residency (PGY-3 and PGY-4)

As a senior resident, one module is spent per year managing the three inpatient services, as well as an additional module in the NICU and on the epilepsy service. The remaining time is split between electives and three academic courses. A  two-month EEG/Epilepsy rotation features an in-depth course covering EEG, evoked potentials, sleep, and intraoperative monitoring. Residents read EEG records and attend staff reading sessions and epilepsy outpatient clinics. A two week  rotation in the EMG laboratory includes didactic sessions as well as hands-on experience in the techniques of nerve conductions studies and the needle electrode examinations. If the resident is interested in further EMG exposure, the rotation can be expanded to three months with the option for certification. Finally, there is a two-module Neuropathology course where residents are able to work directly with our Neuropathologists. Senior residents use a nightfloat call system. This includes a total of seven weeks split between the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.

PGY-3 Schedule

Inpatient Rotations

  • Stroke Neurology: 1 module
  • General Neurology: 1module
  • Adult Consults: 1 module
  • Neuro ICU: 1 module
  • Epilepsy: 1 module
  • Nightfloat: 0.5 modules x 3

Outpatient Rotations

  • EMG Course: 1-3modules
  • EEG Course: 2-3 modules
  • Elective: up to 3 modules

PGY-4 Schedule

Inpatient Rotations

  • Stroke Neurology: 1 module
  • General Neurology: 1 module
  • Adult Consults: 1 module
  • Pediatric Consults: 1 module
  • Nightfloat: 0.5 modules x two
  • Regional Neurology: 1 module

Outpatient Rotations

  • Neuropathology: 2 modules
  • Pediatric Neurology: 1 module 
  • Elective: 5 modules

*a module is a four week rotation.

Elective Rotations

Trainees in Neurology can choose from a vast array of elective rotations. Residents with particular research interests may use multiple blocks of elective time to devote to specific projects. For special academic pursuits, residents may spend elective time away from Cleveland Clinic, upon approval from the Program Director. The below list is not all-inclusive, as residents have done electives in a variety of fields.

  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Carotid Ultrasound/TCD
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • EEG
  • EMG/Neuromuscular
  • Evoked Potentials
  • Headache
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Neuro-Infectious Disease
  • Neuroradiology
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Regional Neurology
  • Research
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Stroke

Formal Evaluations During Training

As part of the residency requirement, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, requires each resident to satisfactorily complete five clinical skills evaluation exercises (NEX). These examinations are designed to assess the residents’ competency in medical interviewing, neurologic examination, humanistic qualities, professionalism and counseling skills. Each resident will be observed and evaluated by one of our faculty members in five different areas: critical care, neuromuscular, ambulatory, neurodegenerative and child neurology. Following each encounter, discussion and feedback from the faculty member will be given to the resident. These NEX exams will take place during the PGY-2, PGY-3 and early part of the PGY-4 years. During each of the training years, residents take the RITE written self-assessment examination provided by the American Academy of Neurology.

Benefits

Senior residents are permitted to moonlight on the Neurology, Epilepsy and NICU services. Residents are provided with the opportunity to attend national meetings to present their research, with financial support from the department. The department also sponsors junior membership in the American Academy of Neurology for all residents. Three weeks are allotted for vacation each year.

Application Requirements

No additional documents are required. The deadline for accepting applications directly from ERAS is November 1st.

We welcome International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to apply to the Neurology Residency Program. IMGs must hold a valid standard ECFMG certificate or provide proof that they are in the process of obtaining one. Cleveland Clinic sponsors both J-1 and H-1B visas. We also welcome Doctors of Osteopathy to apply to the Neurology Residency Program.

We prefer a minimum score requirement of 220 for USMLE and 500 for COMLEX, but we consider more than just scores when reviewing applications. We do not have a specific year of graduation requirement, but we prefer that candidates are current in their clinical experience.

Upon receipt, applications are reviewed by the Program Director, and then prospective candidates are contacted via telephone and/or e-mail to schedule an interview on a Monday or Friday between November and January.

MaryAnn Mays, MD
Program Director
Department of Neurology, C21
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195

Megan Nieuwoudt
Residency Program Manager 
Department of Neurology, S100A
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.444.2945
Fax: 216.445.9908
Email: nieuwom@ccf.org

Other Programs

  • Clinical Neurophysiology: EEG/Epilepsy Track
    • Adult EEG- Epilepsy Program
    • Pediatric EEG-Epilepsy Program
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • EMG/Neuromuscular
  • Headache Medicine
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neuroendovascular/Interventional Neuroradiology
  • Neuroimmunology (Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Vascular Neurology
Child Neurology Residency Program

Child Neurology Residency Program

Child Neurology

The Department of Neurology and Section or Pediatric Neurology offer a three-year ACGME-accredited residency in Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology. We do offer a combined General Pediatrics (2 years)/Child Neurology Residency (3 years) program. Two child neurology residents are accepted each year. Applications are accepted on ERAS.

Overview of Program

Residents begin with one year on the adult neurology service (Adult Neurology Residency Program).  Rotations during this year include six months of inpatient care, plus adult outpatient and elective rotations.

During the second and third years, child neurology residents spend a total of six months as the child neurology inpatient chief resident and is responsible, along with the attending staff, for managing all primary inpatients and hospital consultations. They also spend six months in the child neurology outpatient clinic, as well as rotating through specialty clinics. Training includes a comprehensive neurophysiology course with three months spent in EEG and one month spent in EMG. Other required rotations include a one month child psychiatry block as well as two months of neuropathology. A number of months are dedicated to elective time which includes epilepsy, genetics, neuro-ophthalmology, developmental pediatrics, neurobehavioral pediatrics, pediatric rehabilitation medicine, sleep medicine, and others.

The residents conduct a weekly CME-credited Child Neurology Grand Rounds. There is also a daily Noon Conference lecture series, a biweekly pediatric neuroradiology conference, and a monthly journal club.

Call

The child neurology resident on-call rotates, on average, every fourth to fifth night. There is no in-house call during the last two years of the program.

Research

In addition to the standard training requirements, residents will be expected to complete at least one clinical or basic research project during each year of the program. Many residents choose to be involved in more than one ongoing clinical research project, including drug development studies and longitudinal studies. There is the opportunity for sponsored travel for those residents who present research projects at scientific meetings. Residents are mentored and encouraged to publish the results of their studies in peer-reviewed journals.

Formal Evaluations During Training

During the program, progress is monitored by monthly reviews as well as by semi-annual evaluations with the Program Director. These semi-annual evaluations include feedback from staff attending faculty, other residents, nurses, clerical staff and patients. Each spring, the American Academy of Neurology administers the Resident In-Service Training Examination, which is intended to simulate the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Certification Examination. Feedback is provided so that residents can assess their strengths and weaknesses towards improvement.

The ABPN also mandates that residents demonstrate competency in clinical skills by successfully completing a series of five formal evaluations. Residents are assessed on their ability to interview and to perform a neurological examination. These evaluations can be performed throughout the three years of neurology residency. Successful completion is required to apply for the certification examinations after completion of the residency.

Benefits

Three weeks are allotted for vacation each year. The Department sponsors junior membership in the Academy of Neurology and Child Neurology Society for all residents. During the PGY-5 year, three days may be spent away at one professional meeting toward which a stipend can be applied to defray costs. The one meeting limit does not apply to trainees presenting scientific papers, for whom costs of meeting attendance will be defrayed for all such meetings.

Application Requirements

The Child Neurology Residency Program accepts candidates through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). If applying for a Categorical position, we offer two-day combined interviews with Pediatrics and Child Neurology. That will be coordinated and scheduled by the Child Neurology program.  There is no need to apply separately to Pediatrics.

International Medical Graduates are welcome to apply to the program and must hold a valid ECFMG certificate or provide proof that they are in the process of obtaining a certificate. They must apply through ERAS as above. Cleveland Clinic sponsors both J-1 and H-1B visas.

Applications are reviewed by the Program Director, and prospective candidates are contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule an interview. Applications should be completed by Sept. 15th; applications received after this date are subject to availability of interview dates.

If you would like to receive additional information about the Child Neurology Residency Program, please contact:

Gary Hsich, MD
Program Director
Department of Pediatric Neurology, S60
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195

Megan Nieuwoudt
Residency Program Manager
Department of Neurology, S100A
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.444.2945
Fax: 216.445.9908
Email: nieuwom@ccf.org

Current Residents

Current Residents

Education has been an integral component of Cleveland Clinic's mission since its inception in 1921. As a part of that overall commitment to education, below are the recognized current neurology residents who value the importance of providing the highest quality of medical care.

Adult Neurology Residents

Class of 2021 

 

Alise Carlson, MD
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Undergraduate: St. Olaf College

 

Jennifer Chima, MD
Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University

 

Tracey Fan, DO
Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Utah

 

Eric Gruenthal, MD
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Graduate: Union Graduate College 
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis

 

Ahmad Mahadeen, MD
Medical School: Mu'Tah University, Jordan

 

Bhageeradh Mulpur, MD
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

Meghan Purohit, DO
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Emory University

 

Danielle Richards, DO
Medical School: Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Puget Sound

 

Monica Scarsella, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Gannon University

 

Michael Zatt, DO
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Miami University


Class of 2020

Peter Brown, DO
Medical School: Western Univ of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Med of the Pacific
Graduate: Georgetown University 
Undergraduate: Oregon State University

Lacy (Sam) Handshoe, DO
Medical School: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Eastern Kentucky University

Catherine Hassett, DO
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate: Tufts University
Undergraduate: Fairfield University

Jean Khoury, MD
Medical School: Université Saint-Joseph Faculté de Médecine, Lebanon

Ibrahim Migdady, MD
Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine

Matthew Ritch, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Florida

Lindsay Ross, MD
Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina

Elizabeth Spurgeon, MD
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Andrea Welborn, MD
Medical School: The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Undergraduate: Salem College

Chen Yan, MD
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University


Class of 2019

Justin Abbatemarco, MD
Medical School: University of South Florida College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University

Amelia Carwin, MD, MA
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Graduate: Georgetown University 
Undergraduate: George Washington University

Samuel Cohn, MD
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Sana Khan, DO
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: New York Institute of Technology, College of Arts and Sciences

Michelle Lee, MD
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University

Tiffany Lee, MD
Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Undergraduate: East Carolina University

Payal Patel, MD
Medical School: University of South Florida College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of South Florida

Nasima Shadbehr, DO
Medical School: College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Erica Utigard, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Cruz

Lucy Zhang, MD
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame


Class of 2018

Julia Bucklan, DO
Medical School: Ohio University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Michigan State University

Jenny Feng, MD
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis

Deborah Kerrigan, MD
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Graduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Undergraduate: Vanderbile University

Steven MacDonald, MD
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Undergraduate: Lake Superior State University

Robert Marquardt, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Kent State University

Prachi Parikh, MBBS
Medical School: Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College

Cory Rice, MD
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University

Tara Sharma, DO
Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate: Mount Sinai
Undergraduate: Claremont Mckenna College

Ruta Yardi, MBBS
Medical School: Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences

Ifrah Zawar, MD
Medical School: The Aga Khan University Medical College



Child Neurology Residents

Class of 2020

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Bijina Shrestha, MD
Medical School:  Manipal College Of Medical Sciences

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Anthony Staples, DO
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus
Undergraduate: Liberty University

Class of 2019

Gozde Erdemir, MD
Medical School: Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine

Haley Materson, MD
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Undergraduate: University of Kansas


Class of 2018

Michael DiSano, MD
Medical School: University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Undergraduate: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ongoing Activities

Ongoing Activities

Conferences/Didactics:

Cleveland Clinic's neurology residency program offers an extensive schedule of didactic and continuing medical education lecture series and conferences for trainees and staff including:

Daily (M-F) Noon Conference Series Arranged in Topic Driven Months:

  • Cerebrovascular/Stroke
  • Cognitive/Behavioral/Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Evidence and Action (critical review of evidence-based medicine)
  • Headache
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neuro/Bioethics
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neuroemergencies
  • Neurogenetics
  • NeuroID
  • Neuroimmunology, Rheumatology and MS
  • Neuromuscular
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neuro-otology
  • Neuropathology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • PM&R
  • Professional development (personal and medical finance, private vs. academic practice, fellowship application process, legal/contracts, etc.)
  • Psychiatry
  • Research/Stats/Epidemiology (updates with on-going research, statistics, starting research, conducting research, etc.)
  • Sleep
  • Spine/Spinal Cord

Daily Neuroradiology Rounds (with staff neuroradiologist)

Weekly Conferences Include:

  • Cerebrovascular/Stroke Conference
  • Epilepsy Grand Rounds
  • Epilepsy Patient Management Conference
  • Live Patient examination and teaching
  • Neurology book chapter review
  • Neurology Grand Rounds
  • Neuroscience Grand Rounds
  • Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds
  • Pediatric Neurology Neuroimaging Conference

Monthly Conferences Include:

  • Adult neurology journal club at local restaurants
  • Pediatric neurology journal club at local restaurants
  • Brain cutting/pathology sessions
  • Monthly/bimonthly - RITE/neurology board review

Others:

  • Adult & Child Neurology Journal Clubs
  • Brain cutting/pathology sessions
  • Quarterly Resident Meeting with Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic CEO
  • Quarterly Neurological Institute Core Conference Series
  • Neurology morbidity and mortality rounds
  • Monthly meeting with Program Director, Department Chairman and residents

Visiting Professor:

Visiting professors are selected through subspecialty departments. This individual, a neurologist of international stature, gives a keynote speech and participates in educational activities with the residents.

Away Conferences:

In addition to the above conferences, residents are encouraged to attend and present at national meetings. A generous travel policy by the Neurological Institute supports and promotes these functions.