I have had the distinct honor and privilege to work with an outstanding group of clinicians, educators, and administrators as well as similarly gifted neurology trainees for many years as program director. While it is a daunting responsibility to educate and impart the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become, not only competent, but extraordinary clinical neurologists, we all welcome this challenge and relish the opportunity to do so.

We enjoy the educational resources necessary to accomplish our mission by providing care in a tertiary care community setting with staff and patients of various cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds while at the same time offering the most advanced technological resources. In spite of our small program, our residents have showcased their academic talents by presenting their research projects at multiple regional, national, and international scientific venues and with publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters.

We are looking for well-rounded individuals who seek nothing short of excellence in clinical practice and who share our enthusiasm to actively seek new knowledge, who are compassionate and whose goal reflects our motto to keep “Patients First”, who thrive in a team setting, and who are passionate about taking ownership of their patients. These characteristics will ensure that you will not only become a competent practitioner of your trade, but an extraordinary one.

We are proud to have sparked and nurtured the interest of our residents in a wide variety of neurological subspecialties by having approximately 90% of our graduates pursue fellowship training in such diverse areas as vascular neurology, interventional neuroradiology, neuroimmunology/MS, neuromuscular disease, neurophysiology/EMG, movement disorders, epilepsy, sleep medicine, pain management, headache medicine, neuroophthalmology, and neurooncology. Furthermore, they have accomplished this at cutting edge academic centers such as Brigham and Women’s, Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Weill Cornell, Case Western, University of Pittsburgh, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Texas Southwestern, Duke, and NYU, to name a few.

If you share our passion, I encourage you to research our program in more depth at this web site, by contacting our superb program coordinator, Belinda Ortiz, and ultimately by applying to our program.


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Efrain D. Salgado, MD
Director Neurology Residency
Program Director, Stroke Center



The Cleveland Clinic Florida Neurology Residency Program, accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). As an Advanced program, we are in the process of transitioning to a three resident per year program so that currently we have 3 residents at the PGY-2 level, 2 at the PGY-3 level, and 2 at the PGY-4 level. One more resident will be added per year over the next 2 years in order to completely fill our total resident complement of 3 per year.

The required first year in Internal Medicine is also offered at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Candidates applying to our program will automatically match with our preliminary (PGY1) internal medicine program provided this is chosen as an option in your application through the NRMP. Since these are dedicated preliminary positions for our neurology program, they are only offered to our neurology-matched candidates and cannot be filled without a Neurology match in our program. Please note that it is not necessary to arrange a separate interview with our internal medicine program in order to qualify for these dedicated preliminary positions.

Educational Conferences

There are a wide variety of regular conferences and lectures scheduled on a daily basis Monday through Friday. These include but are not limited to Grand Rounds, Emergency Neurology, Subspecialty lectures, Neuroradiology, Ethics, Psychiatry, CPC, Chairman Rounds, Journal Club, RITE review sessions, Continuum sessions, and Basic Neuroscience. The residents are responsible for preparing and presenting some of these lectures or conferences. In addition, residents are also responsible for completing regular COMET on-line and other web-based learning modules to complement their medical knowledge and to help them acquire the skills and attitudes necessary to practice without direct supervision.

Resident Program Wellness

Resident Program Wellness

We recognize that neurology is one of the top two medical specialties most impacted by physician burnout.

Accordingly, a variety of resources are available to our residents for the purpose of promoting resident wellness and combating burnout:

  • Psychological support and counseling at no charge
  • Assigned Resident Advisors from PGY-1 who serve as sources of guidance and mentoring throughout their training.
  • Orientation reception designed to promote a collegial environment where the new residents interact with each other, already established residents, and staff to welcome them to our institution.
  • Yearly Resident Appreciation Week offering activities and events that highlight our appreciation and recognition for their contribution not only to our institution but also to those we serve.
  • Doctor’s Day events hosted by the Education Center for all programs in Cleveland Clinic to attend and participate.
  • Periodic staff/resident luncheon events designed to promote interaction in a fun and non-stressful environment.
  • Neuroscience Institute Christmas Party in an appealing social venue for not only staff and residents but also their families.
  • 6 Neurology applicant Dinner events during the fall/winter in local upscale restaurants where not only the residents but also the staff interact with our applicants to showcase the close working relationship our staff enjoys with our residents.
  • Periodic Program Director meetings with the residents designed at least in part for residents to vent any frustrations or concerns they may have with the program or institution.
  • Lectures on resident well-being and fatigue mitigation strategies as part of our Academic Lecture Series.

Resident of the Year Awards voted on by the staff and presented at graduation ceremonies recognizing, among other things, those residents who have overcome significant personal, cultural, and professional obstacles in order to excel.

The Cleveland Clinic Learning Center offers residents educational modules on Safety, Communication, Fatigue Mitigation, Chemical Dependency, Disruptive Behavior, Sexual Misconduct, Diversity and Inclusion, our Culture of Safety, Physician Impairment, Fire Prevention, Crime Prevention, Infection Prevention, Health Services, Radiation Safety, MRI Safety, Back Safety, Diversity and Inclusion, Fluoroscopy & Radiation Protection, MRI Safety, HIPAA, Patient Safety, Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Protection, TB Exposure Prevention, Professionalism and self-assessment.

On-Line Resources from the American Academy of Neurology and other sources outlined in their Program Manual and designed to promote wellness and prevent burnout.



First Year of Residency (PGY1)

The ACGME requires that the PGY1 year be spent in an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada-accredited general internal medicine training program. For more details regarding the required rotations during this year, the reader is referred to the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Neurology posted in the ACGME website.

First Year of Neurology Residency (PGY2)

The majority of this year is spent in direct patient care, most of which is in the inpatient setting where the resident is exposed to a wide variety of general neurology patients as either primary neurology admissions or consultations in a wide variety of settings including the stroke unit, the epilepsy monitoring unit, intensive care unit (ICU), and emergency room. The inpatient team consists of a neurology attending, a senior neurology resident, junior neurology resident, and occasionally a rotating medical and/or psychiatry resident and several medical students. Teaching/hospital rounds are held 7 days/week, 365 days/year. The on-call schedule averages every 4th night for PGY2 and PGY3 residents. PGY4 residents do not have a regular call schedule, but rather fill in when PGY2 and PGY3 residents are not able to take call due to rotations in Cleveland or due to vacation or absence for whatever other approved reason. Cleveland Clinic Florida uses a module system with 13 four-week modules making up the academic year. In total, a PGY2 resident has 8 inpatient modules, 2 general neurology outpatient modules, 2 EEG/Epilepsy (outpatient/inpatient) modules, and 1 neuroradiology module. While in the inpatient service there is a daily review of neuroradiological imaging studies with neuroradiology staff support if necessary. Longitudinal outpatient clinic is scheduled one-half day per week with a staff preceptor who will work with the resident throughout the three years of training.

Second Year of Neurology Residency (PGY3)

As a senior PGY3 resident, 4 modules are spent in the inpatient service, 3 ½  in the outpatient service, 3 in EMG, 2 in Neuropathology with Mondays spent in Neuro-ophthalmology, and ½ module in Sleep Medicine. Each outpatient rotation beyond the first year is spent in a subspecialty service including movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, multiple sclerosis, and cognitive/behavioral neurology. The Neuropathology and Neuro-ophthalmology rotations take place at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio.

Third Year of Neurology Residency (PGY4)

As a senior PGY4 resident, 3 1/2 modules are spent in Pediatric Neurology, 3 ½ modules in electives, 2 modules in the outpatient service, 1 module in Psychiatry, 1 module in Neurosurgery, and 2 inpatient module. The Pediatric Neurology rotation takes place at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami; the Psychiatry at University Hospital and Medical Center in Tamarac.

Elective Rotations

  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Behavioral Neurology
  • Neuromuscular Disorders/EMG
  • Epilepsy/EEG
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neuro-otology
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Research
  • Board Review
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Neuroradiology
  • Headache


How to Apply

The Neurology Residency Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for all positions. You must complete all components of the ERAS Application in order for your application to be considered complete and to be reviewed by the Selection Committee. Our application requirements are the same as the standard ERAS application:

  • Complete Application
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Step I Transcript & Score > 220 is suggested with one (1) attempt/ COMLEX  Level equivalent
  • USMLE Step 2 Transcript & Score >220 is suggested with one (1) attempt / COMLEX Level 2 equivalent
    • Must have USMLE /COMLEX Step 2 Score Report uploaded into ERAS prior to the deadline of the Rank List submission. If you do not have a Step 2 Score Report uploaded, you will not be ranked (assuming you were invited for an interview).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

International Medical Graduates

Here are some frequently asked question by graduates of international medical schools regarding the application process:

  • U.S. clinical experience is strongly preferred
  • USMLE Step I Transcript & Score > 220 is suggested with one (1) attempt
  • USMLE Step 2 Transcript & Score >220 is suggested with one (1) attempt
    • Must have USMLE Step 2 Score Report uploaded into ERAS prior the deadline of the Rank List submission. If you do not have a Step 2 Score Report uploaded, you will not be ranked (assuming you were invited for an interview).
  • ECFMG certification at the time of application is required. Please review the ECFMG requirements for additional information.
  • Must have graduated medical school within the last 5 years. Anything greater than 5 years does not meet the minimum requirements.
  • Visa information – We sponsor J-1 and H-1B visas



Please refer to the table below for new salary rates, effective July 1, 2020:

Grad Level Current Pay Rate
1 $55,115
2 $57,017
3 $59,239
4 $61,476
5 $64,184
6 $66,624
7 $70,340
8 $74,582

Paid Time Away: Vacation, Maternity, & Paternity

  • Vacation – 3 weeks (15 working days) provided at the beginning of each academic year
  • Maternity – 6 weeks paid leave for natural childbirth or adoption; 8 weeks for cesarean section. Additional time off unpaid up to a maximum of 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act.
  • Paternity – 2 week paid leave. Additional time off unpaid up to a maximum of 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act. 


  • Healthcare – Cleveland Clinic Florida covers 50% of annual Healthcare Plans for Clinical Trainees and their families. Effective on the first day of training with no waiting period.
  • Dental and Vision Care – Cleveland Clinic Florida covers 100% of annual Dental and Vision Care Plans for Clinical Trainees.
  • Maternity Care – 100% coverage is provided through the health care plan that you select within the plans guidelines.
  • Pharmaceuticals – As outlined by the Cleveland Clinic Florida Health Plan.
  • Malpractice – Paid by the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation/Cleveland Clinic Florida. Limited to activities within the training program.
  • Life Insurance – $25,000 term group policy.

Travel Privileges and Other Education Activities

Senior residents, chief residents and fellows in ACGME and NON-ACGME programs that meet eligibility criteria as outlined in the Graduate Physicians Manual may be approved to attend academic meetings for the purpose of presenting or engaging in leadership roles within national societies will be eligible up to 5 days per academic year with a maximum reimbursement of $1,200 per academic year.

Additional Benefits

  • Book Allowance – A $250 educational allowance per year is available to all clinical residents/fellows. Primary use is for textbooks.
  • On-call Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Paid by Cleveland Clinic Florida when on in house night call.
  • Membership – AAN membership paid for by the program.
  • Cell phones – Apple iPhone provided to all residents.
  • Uniforms – Supplied by Cleveland Clinic Florida.


Cleveland Clinic Florida

Cleveland Clinic Ohio

Gabrielle Yeaney, MD
Gabrielle Yeaney, MD
Director, Ocular Pathology

University Hospital and Medical Center

  • Robert Antoine, MD
  • Ethan Kass, DO
  • Eric Robbins, MD

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

  • Michael Duchowny, MD
  • Sayed Naqvi, MD

Program Coordinator

Belinda Ortiz, MBA.MHA
2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Weston, Florida 33331
Phone: 954.659.5359
Fax: 954.659.6216
Email: ortizb2@ccf.org

Current Residents

Current Residents

Class of 2022

  • Maria Martucci, MD – Resident
    Universidad Latina de Panamá Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud Dr. William C. Gorgas
  • Muhammad Zahid, DO – Resident
    Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Claudia Vallin, DO – Resident
    Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Class of 2023

  • Amaya De La Pena, MD – Resident
    St. George University
  • Adriana Grau, MD – Resident
    Universidad Nacional de Asuncion Paraguay
  • Maria Vera, MD – Resident
    Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela
  • Andrea Linares, DO – Resident

Class of 2024

  • Dixie Reinoso, MD – Resident
    Ross University
  • Zarmina Javed, MD – Resident
    Shifa College of Medicine - Pakistan


2021 Divya Arya, MD Private Practice Bronx Care Hospital
2021 Tanmay Parekh, MD Neuro-Hospitalist Orlando Health
2021 Shakeel Tabish, MD Sleep Fellowship University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2020 Anam Baig, DO Headache Fellowship Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH
2020 Dhara Murray-Frank, MD Epilepsy Fellowship New York University SOM, NY
2019 Samer Riaz, DO Epilepsy Fellowship Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH
2019 Huan Huynh, MD Epilepsy Fellowship Case Western, Cleveland, OH
2018 Subin Mathew, MD Neuro-Critical Care Fellowship Emory University School of Medicine, GA
2018 Pirouz Piran, MD Vascular Neurology/NCC Fellowship Weill Cornell Medical College/John Hopkins, NY
2017 Ava Ferdinand, MD Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Mount Sinai Hospital, NY
2017 Kateryna Kurako, MD Neuromuscular Disease Fellowship Beth Israel Deaconess/Harvard Medical, MA
2016 Alex Linn, MD Vascular Neurology Fellowship University of Utah, UT
2016 Dennys Reyes, MD Vascular Neurology/INR Fellowship National Institutes of Health, MD/Baptist Hospital, FL
2015 Rachana Gandhi, MD Neuromuscular Disease Fellowship Duke University, NC
2015 Nancy Rosales, MD Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship New York University, NY
2014 Shira McMahan, DO Movement Disorders Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, FL
2014 Muhammad Umer, MD Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Wayne State University, MI
2013 Camilo Garcia, MD Epilepsy Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, OH
2013 Raghav Govindarajan, MD Neuromuscular Disease Fellowship Washington University, MO
2012 Danita Jones, DO Electromyography Disease Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, FL
2012 John Morren, MD Neuromuscular Disease Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, OH
2011 Rolando Ania, MD Neurology Hospitalist Mercy Hospital, FL
2011 Alexandra Soriano, MD EMG/Neuromuscular Disease Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, FL/Penn State, PA
2010 Channa Kolb, MD Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship Brigham and Women Hospital/Harvard, MA
2010 Disha Shah, MD Neuromuscular Disease Fellowship Lahey Clinic, MA
2009 Margarita A. ElRamey, DO Electromyography Disease Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, FL
2009 Ramon Lugo, MD Movement Disorders Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, FL
2008 Michelle Dompencial, MD Electromyography Disease Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, FL
2008 Ikram Khan, MD Epilepsy Fellowship Case Western Reserve University, OH
2007 Luis Rivera, MD Private Practice HIMA, San Pablo Hospital, PR
2007 Syed Fazel Zaidi, MD Cerebrovascular Disease Fellowship University of Pittsburgh, PA
2006 Alvaro Padilla, MD Private Practice Hollywood, FL
2006 Tanvir Syed, MD Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, OH
2006 Kalmaldeen Saldin, MD Neurology Residency Duke University, NC
2005 David Giampetro, MD Pain Medicine Fellowship Hershey Medical Center
2005 Angela Spencer, MD Cerebrovascular Disease Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, FL
2004 Eskender Getachew, MD Sleep Neurology Fellowship UT Southwestern Medical Center, TX
2004 Stanley Krolczyk, DO Pain Fellowship University of South Florida, FL
2003 Sajeel Chowdhary, MD Neuro Oncology Fellowship University of Calgary, CAN
2003 Tarannum Khan, MD Movement Disorders Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, FL
2002 Eric Ciliberti, MD Neuro Ophthalmology Fellowship Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, FL
2002 Sivalingam Sivendran, MD Cerebrovascular Disease Fellowship Jackson Memorial Hospital, FL
2001 Periut Perla, MD Private Practice Baptist Medical Center, FL
2001 Maria Herrera, MD Electromyography Disease Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, FL


Graduate Testimonial – Maria Martucci, MD (Class of 2022)

Maria Martucci, MD

The best part of the clinic is the people. From the lady in the cafeteria to the chairman of the program, the vast majority of people are kind, approachable and willing to help and guide you. This makes the clinic an amazing place to learn. I feel very passionate about procedures and being here. I have a significant hands-on experience, even as an intern doing central lines and now as a neurology resident with lumbar punctures (with and without fluoroscopy) as well as with the Neuro-Interventional team. After graduation, I will pursue two fellowships, in Vascular Neurology and another in Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology both at Cleveland Clinic-main campus Ohio.

Graduate Testimonial — Muhammad Zahid, DO (Class of 2022)

Muhammad Zahid, DO

I chose CC-Florida because the attendings help create and foster an environment that allows us to grow personally and professionally. The program provides significant autonomy, helping us to become independent clinicians. We get exposure to patients requiring very high acuity care and complex medical decision-making. After graduation, I will be going to the University of Michigan for an Epilepsy fellowship.

Graduate Testimonial — Claudia Vallin, DO (Class of 2022)

Claudia Vallin, DO

I really enjoy having the opportunity to serve the local South Florida community in addition to seeing patients from different parts of the world. As a result, this provides a unique experience in terms of patient and disease diversity. I believe we have a strong support system from our co-residents and attending physicians, which has allowed me to grow not only professionally but also personally. After graduation, I will pursue a fellowship in epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic main campus in Ohio.

Graduate Testimonial – Amaya De La Pena, MD (Class of 2023)

Amaya De La Pena, MD

Why I chose CCF-Florida: It was of utmost importance for me to be close to my family and friends and still receive a good education and guidance for residency. Being in a smaller sized program, allows for 1-1 interaction with attending physician ask questions and be heard. I love the fact that I was able to do my prelim- internal medicine year also in the same institution because it made the transition smoother by knowing the facility, faculty and other specialty residents who now help me take care of my patients while in neurology residency. After graduation, I hope to pursue a fellowship in Epilepsy.

Graduate Testimonial — Adriana Grau, MD (Class of 2023)

Adriana Grau, MD

I chose Cleveland Clinic Florida because of the strong sense of familiarity that I saw in the residents and attending physicians at the hospital. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I would collaborate with incredible professionals and doctors who are experts in their field. The residency program encourages you to work collectively with peers and challenges you to learn independently.

Graduate Testimonial — Maria Vera, MD (Class of 2023)

Maria Vera, MD

Choosing Cleveland Clinic Florida as my first choice was a fairly easy decision. It is a hospital that promotes the most important principle of medicine, which is to put the patients first. Here, you will have the opportunity to enrich your knowledge and develop leadership and autonomy, which will ultimately help you to become an excellent neurologist. Furthermore, we have incredible mentors who guide our steps and motivate us to be the best version of ourselves every day.

Graduate Testimonial — Zarmina Javed, MD (Class of 2024)

Zarmina Javed, MD

I chose Cleveland Clinic Florida for the diversity of the program and the strong bond among the co-residents and the faculty is a major attraction. I enjoy the balance of resident supervision and autonomy. Last but not least, having an interest in exploring difference cultures as I love interacting with the diverse communities of South Florida.

Graduate Testimonial — Dixie Reinoso, MD (Class of 2024)

Dixie Reinoso, MD

Why I chose Cleveland Clinic Florida: I love the opportunity to serve Florida and be able to treat people from many different places. I really love the working environment of the Neurology department. Attendings and co-residents are very professional and supportive while preparing me to excel in the beautiful world of Neurology. I‘m particularly interested to pursue a Neuro-Oncology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Ohio campus.

Graduate Testimonial – Samer Riaz, DO (Class of 2019)

Samer Riaz, DO  Epilepsy Fellow | Cleveland Clinic 

I came to Cleveland Clinic Florida as a 4th year medical student and I quickly fell in love with this program. As a student I thoroughly enjoyed working with the staff and residents, and I knew this is where I wanted to pursue my training. I was impressed at how comfortable the residents were managing the patients beginning in their first year of neurology. As a resident, the learning curve is steep however you quickly become versed with the bread and butter cases of neurology. The residents have plenty of autonomy and the attendings are always a doorstep away if you need help. The program is structured in a way where you become a well-rounded neurologist in every aspect of neurology, whether you choose to practice as a general neurologist or subspecialize.

As Cleveland Clinic Florida is a major referral and a transplant center, there is a vast array of pathology that you manage including strokes, movement disorders, intractable epilepsies, multiple sclerosis, neuroinfectious diseases (neurospyhillis, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Herpes Simplex Virus), intractable headaches, and CNS tumors. There is more than enough pathology available to publish in research if you choose to.

During your inpatient months you become comfortable in managing acute stroke patients as you lead the ED team in assessing these patient. You work one-on-one with the interventional team in case they need a thrombectomy performed. You also quickly become skilled in performing bedside lumbar punctures. In the outpatient setting you become proficient in learning and performing nerve condition studies and electromyographic (EMG) studies with one-on-one training with the staff. What interested me most about this program was the epilepsy program. We always had 24-hour electroencephalography available and a busy epilepsy monitoring unit. Cleveland Clinic Florida offers comprehensive epilepsy care with invasive monitoring (stereotactic electroencephalography - SEEG) and an epilepsy surgery program. As a resident I worked closely with the epileptologist in becoming proficient in EEG reading, learning the basics of SEEG, and working closely with the neurosurgeon in coming up with a resection strategy.

I feel privileged to have trained at this excellent institution with my amazing co-residents and a great supporting house staff. I felt this program adequately prepared me to become a well-rounded neurologist. It sparked my interest in epilepsy and I chose to pursue further epilepsy training at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. After completing my training I would again rank CCF as my first choice without any hesitation.

Samer Riaz, DO
Epilepsy Fellow
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Graduate Testimonial – Huan Huynh, MD (Class of 2019)

Huan Huynh, M.D.  Epilepsy Fellow | Cleveland Clinic Florida

It is truly my pleasure to have been part of this wonderful team. Not only having a long tradition and great culture with excellent leadership that we inherit from Cleveland Clinic Ohio, our Cleveland Clinic Florida Neurology Residency Program is also very well organized and tremendously expanded over the last few years. The staff, especially the Program Director, are exceptionally knowledgeable, approachable and supportive. Our Program Coordinator is outstandingly helpful and reliable. You will be most welcomed and surrounded by a warm and encouraging environment. Personally I feel like we are in a great family with everyone caring and supporting each other. Lastly, we are more than fully prepared for the Neurology board exam and highly likely to match to our first choice for subspecialty fellowship.

I would wholeheartedly recommend our program to anyone who considers applying to Neurology residency. 

Huan Huynh, MD
Epilepsy Fellow
Case Western Reserve University

Graduate Testimonial – Pirouz Piran, MD (Class of 2018)

Pirouz Piran, MD

The more I advance in my career as a neurologist the more I realize how lucky I was to be trained at Cleveland Clinic Florida. This neurology residency program made all my dreams come to reality. Not only I was able to match at Weill Cornell and Johns Hopkins for my vascular neurology and neuro-critical care fellowships, I had the opportunity to be at a world-class hospital, working alongside and learning first hand from well-rounded neurologists like Dr. Salgado and Dr. Galvez. My four years at CCF was amongst the best days of my life and prepared me well enough to become a competent neurologist. The diversity and the variety of neurological cases that I encountered during my training made me very comfortable approaching complex and challenging neurologically ill patients on day to day basis.

Pirouz Piran, MD
Vascular Neurology Fellow
Weill Cornell

Graduate Testimonial – Subin Mathew, MD (Class of 2018)

Subin Mathew, MD

It’s hard to entirely write down my experience at Cleveland Clinic Florida in a small paragraph. For 4 years, CCF was my home and the staff my family. Looking back, I enjoyed and miss every moment I spent at CCF. The training was exemplary and the teaching staff - world-class. What I highly appreciate was the ease at approaching the teaching staff at any time of the day/night and how collegial they were. I’m sure I have entered Dr. Salgado’s office like 10,000 times and in spite of how busy he was, he attended to my questions, whether issues related to patients or personal. No words can express and no act of gratitude can relay for everything Dr. Salgado has done for me and the program. Having friendly subspecialists in all fields of neurology and an amazing neuro-interventional, neurosurgery and neuroradiology staff always came handy. We had an interesting array of high volume complex cases and we became comfortable with managing critically ill neurology patients early on in our training, which was one of the highlights of my program. It has trained me to be strong and prepared me to do my fellowship at a busy neurocritical care unit. I have to especially thank Dr. Galvez, our charismatic leader/chairman for all the free books, lectures, interesting clinical scenarios and years of experience he has shared with us. I can go on thanking and appreciating all my amazing mentors, teaching and ancillary staff. Last but not least, my favorite person- Belinda, always on top of her game and helped us with all the administrative issues. I’m grateful to have been trained at an amazing place, with people I dearly love.

Subin Mathew, MD
NCC Fellow
Emory University School of Medicine



Graduates last 5 years and current residents including Platform, and Poster Presentations

  • Is bigger better? The Cleveland Clinic Florida experience with spinal needle gauge and headache post lumbar puncture.
  • Anti platelet therapy benefit in secondary stroke prevention in patients with poorly controlled modifiable cardiovascular risk factors.
  • Stability of botulinum toxin A dosage over time in patients with hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm and cervical dystonia.
  • “Fou Rire Prodromique” as the Presentation of a Left Frontal Ischemic Stroke.
  • Primary Central Nervous System Vasculitis Triggered by Cytomegalovirus Encephalitis.
  • Concomitant Ulnar neuropathy with Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Prevalence of autoimmune disease in Inclusion body myositis.
  • Electrophysiological predictors of seropositive and seronegative Myasthenia gravis.
  • Prevalence of pain symptoms in generalized myasthenia gravis.
  • Clinico-Demographic Predictors of limb and bulbar onset symptoms in clinically definite amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (modified Escorial).
  • Mass Effect in the Setting of Symptomatic Basilar Artery Ecstasia: A Case Series & Systematic Review of the Literature.
  • "SOCRATES Phase 3 Trial (Acute Stroke Or Transient Ischemic Attack Treated With Aspirin or Ticagrelor and Patient OutcomES)."
  • The Emergency Medical Services impact on stroke patient management at the Cleveland Clinic Florida.
  • "Successful Treatment of Traumatic Optic Neuropathy: A Case Report."
  • "Glucocorticoid Responsive MRI Negative Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome: A Case Report."
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome masquerading as a Multiple Sclerosis exacerbation: a case report and review of the literature.
  • Tolerability of Levetiracetam in Elderly Patients.
  • Largest study on mobile applications related to stroke.
  • Prevalence of Arrhythmia in Myasthenia Gravis.
  • The prevalence of coexistent asymptomatic ulnar neuropathy at the wrist with median neuropathy at the wrist.
  • Myasthenia Gravis with elevated WBC count.
  • Eagle syndrome.
  • Epilepsy, Syncope and SUDEP, A Small Case Series.
  • Facio-Brachio-Crural Dystonic Seizures as the First Manifestation of Limbic Encephalitis.
  • A Prospective Study: Clinical Significance of Anticholinergic Nasal Sprays in Patients with Parkinson Disease Afflicted by Rhinorrhea.
  • Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Presenting as a Cluster-Type Headache.
  • Reversible unilateral diffusion restriction with normal FLAIR in mesial temporal lobe in transient global amnesia.
  • Transient pseudobulbar affect as a heralding symptom of right lateral thalamic stroke.
  • Acute stroke and stroke mimics in two different brain attack protocols at Cleveland Clinic Florida.
  • A Brain Attack protocol reducing length of hospitalization in stroke patients at the Cleveland Clinic Florida.
  • A Brain Attack protocol achieving better door to needle time in stroke.
  • Mass Effect in the Setting of Symptomatic Basilar Artery Dolichoectasia: A Case Series & Systematic Review of the Literature Regarding Reported Mass Effects & The Available Treatment Options to Date.
  • Progressive Peripheral Neuropathy and Gait Ataxia as the initial manifestation of Breast Cancer. Case Report.
  • Right Subdural Hematoma Following Extensive Venous Sinus Thrombosis.
  • Third Degree Heart Block as a Clinical Manifestation of Paraneoplastic Autonomic Neuropathy.
  • Height and Weight Changes after Deep Brain Stimulation in patients with Parkinson Disease: Role of Clinical Subtypes.
  • The Quantitative Analysis of Temporal Lobe and Hippocampi in Patients Diagnosed with Transient Global Amnesia.
  • Progressive Peripheral Neuropathy and Gait Ataxia as the initial manifestation of Breast Cancer.
  • Acetylcholine Receptor Antibody in LEMS and ITP overlap syndrome: Case report and review of the literature.
  • Thunderclap Headache as a Presentation of Ocular Myasthenia Gravis.
  • The incidence of droopy eyelids, difficulties in swallowing and neck weakness in patients undergoing Botox therapy for migrainous headache.
  • Clinico-serologic predictors of positive repetitive nerve stimulation study in newly diagnosed generalized myasthenia gravis.
  • A prospective study. Clinical significance of anticholinergic nasal sprays in patients with Parkinson Disease afflicted by rhinorrhea.
  • Interleaving could be a better programming technique for Parkinson’s disease (PD) and dystonia patients.
  • Post-traumatic Hemifacial Spasm (t-HFS), a rare cause of HFS with unusual clinical features.
  • Electrodiagnostic correlation with clinical severity, antibody levels and treatment in Myasthenia Gravis.
  • Thoracolumbar spinal angiolipoma demonstrating high signal on STIR imaging: a case report.
  • Stability of botulinum toxin A dosage over time in patients with hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm and cervical dystonia/torticollis.
  • The relationship between motor symptom lateralization and non-motor symptoms (NMS) in Parkinson's disease patients.
  • Are sensory electromyographic parameters useful in differentiating demyelinating and axonal polyneuropathies?
  • Electromyopathy correlation with clinical severity, antibody levels and treatment response in Myasthenia Gravis.
  • Clinical utility of the Carotid Doppler Ultrasound in the evaluation of Syncope.
  • Acute Autonomic Symptoms with Anti-MAG Neuropathy as a Presentation of Small B Cell Lymphoma.
  • Clinico-serological correlation in the assessment of exacerbation, remission and progression in Myasthenia Gravis.
  • Brachial Plexopathy and Horner’s Syndrome as a rare complication of keloid formation.
  • Quality of Life in Adults with Gliomas.
  • Posttraumatic glioma.
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome in the Postpartum Period.
  • Systemic Lupus with Central Nervous System Involvement: A Case Report.
  • Common etiologies of acute symptomatic seizures evolving from lateralized periodic discharges in patients monitored with continuous EEG.
  • Isolated Dropped Head Syndrome Responsive to Levodopa – A Case Report.
  • Awareness of Epilepsy Risk Factors and Treatment in a South Florida Community – An Observational Study.
  • Defining the undefined, rapid improvement stroke symptoms.

Publications: Articles Chapters, Books

Graduates last 5 years and current residents

  • Tonic Spasm Masquerading as Epileptic Seizure - A Case Report of Cardiorespiratory Arrest in an EMU with a Systematic Review of the Literature Regarding the Definition, Mechanism, and Treatment of Tonic Spasm.
  • Stroke and Etonogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Ring (NuvaRing): Clinical, Radiological, and Prognostic Features.
  • Book Title: Thrombolytic Therapy for Acute Stroke – Chapter Title: The March of Thrombolytic Therapy.
  • Defining the undefined, rapid improvement stroke symptoms.
  • Analyzing a regional Multiple Sclerosis registry and presenting the importance of early treatment after diagnosis with long term clinical course evaluation.
  • Rare Presentation of Eagle’s Syndrome as Bell’s palsy.
  • Neurological complications after kidney transplantation.
  • Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome Presenting as Coital Headache and Intra-cerebral Hemorrhage.
  • Epilepsy, Syncope and SUDEP, A Small Case Series.
  • Immunotherapy for Respiratory Complications of Sporadic Late Onset Nemaline Myopathy (SLONM) with Monoclonal Gammopathy.
  • Prevalence and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in Latin America.
  • Glioblastoma in the Setting of Tuberous Sclerosis.
  • Rasagiline induced hyper sexuality in Parkinson's disease.
  • Thoracolumbar spinal angiolipoma demonstrating high signal on STIR imaging: a case report and review of the literature.
  • The Prevalence of Stroke in Parkinson's Disease Is High: A Risk Factor Assessment.
  • Acute Autonomic Symptoms with Anti-MAG Neuropathy as a Presentation of Small B Cell Lymphoma.
  • Clinico-serological correlation in the assessment of exacerbation, remission and progression in Myasthenia Gravis.
  • Brachial Plexopathy and Horner’s Syndrome as a rare complication of keloid formation.
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome in the Postpartum Period.
  • Systemic Lupus with Central Nervous System Involvement: A Case Report.
  • Prevalence of Autonomic Symptoms in Generalized Myasthenia Gravis.
  • Common etiologies of acute symptomatic seizures evolving from lateralized periodic discharges in patients monitored with continuous EEG.
  • Mass Effect in the Setting of Symptomatic Basilar Artery Dolichoectasia: A Case Series & Systematic Review of the Literature Regarding reported Mass Effects & The Available Treatment Options.
  • Awareness of Epilepsy Risk Factors and Treatment in a South Florida Community – An Observational Study.
  • Defining the undefined, rapid improvement stroke symptoms.