UVA Neurology Fellowship Programs

Residents with particular clinical or research interests are encouraged to pursue specialized training for one or two years following completion of their residencies. Positions and facilities are available in the various clinical and basic science laboratories within the department and Health Sciences Center. Senior resident neurologists are aided in making arrangements for further training either at this or another institution and are urged to complete their plans early in the third year.

Prospective applicants should contact the fellowship director directly.IMG_2521

Please visit our faculty page; there you will find contact information for each director as well as their research interests and publications.

 

The department sponsors fellowships in the following areas:

See also: The Neuroscience Graduate Program

 

Critical Care Neuroscience

Director, Barnett R. Nathan, MD                                                 Program Coordinator: KarenMarie Smith

The first-year fellow has primary clinical responsibilities in the neurology/neurosurgery critical care unit; one to three months of experience in other critical care areas can be arranged. Basic and clinical research opportunities are available in status epilepticus, stroke, septic encephalopathy, intracranial pressure control, and neuromuscular respiratory failure. In the second year, the fellow may pursue either basic or clinical research, or may elect EEG or EMG training for certification by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology or the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

 

Clinical Neurophysiology/EEG Track/Epilepsy Fellowship

Director, Nathan B. Fountain, MD                                                 Program Coordinator: Elena Miller

The fellowship program is designed for a two-year experience, but one-year fellowships are considered. The fellowship is designed to prepare fellows for comprehensive diagnosis and care of patients with epilepsy. The training includes experience in clinical epileptology, clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy surgery, and research. Clinical epileptology training is centered around a large referral base of patients that are seen in outpatient epilepsy clinics at the University hospital and in outreach field clinics. Patients are cared for in the inpatient Epilepsy Unit with capabilities of intensive video/EEG monitoring of seven patients. A systematic approach to clinical neurophysiology education includes time dedicated to routine EEG, evoked potentials, and intensive video/EEG monitoring, meeting qualifications for an ACGME-accredited fellowship for board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Added Qualifications in Neurophysiology) or by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. Experience is obtained in all aspects of epilepsy surgery including stereotactic placement of depth, strip, and grid electrodes; cortical mapping; and intraoperative electrocorticography in evaluation for temporal lobectomy or tailored extratemporal resections. Clinical research experience is gained by participation in experimental drug studies as well as a faculty mentored clinical research project.

For more details, please visit the Epilepsy Fellowship at the University of Virginia page.

 

Clinical Neurophysiology/EMG Track

Director, Matthew P. Elliott, MD                                                       Program Coordinator: Elena Miller

This clinically based, ACGME-accredited fellowship, involves experience in an accredited academic EMG laboratory that is more than sufficient for fellows to qualify for examinations in Clinical Neurophysiology (administered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) and in EMG (administered by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine). When rotating on EMG (10 months), fellows spend roughly 30-35% of their time in outpatient neuromuscular clinic, 50% of time in the EMG laboratory and the remainder of time on elective (e.g. neuropathology, palliative care, rehabilitation, chemodenervation), or spent with administrative or research efforts. Research projects are encouraged, but not mandatory. There are three technicians in the lab to assist on NCS, and approximately 12 EMG studies are completed per day. For most years, there are 2 fellows—one EMG and one neuromuscular medicine.

The goal of the EMG training is to train the fellow to be able to run a laboratory in an academic medical center. The fellow also participates in a neuromuscular consultation service for outpatients (approximately 1-2 inpatient consults per month). Research is conducted in a number of areas, including the neurophysiology of neuromuscular transmission, epidemiology of neuromuscular diseases, new and innovative EMG techniques, and treatment trials in various neuromuscular diseases, including ALS and diabetic neuropathy.

To apply, please email your CV, personal statement, and 3 letters of reference to our Program Coordinator.

 

Clinical Neuropsychology (for Neuropsychologists)

Director, Kathleen Fuchs, PhD, ABPP                                                 Program Coordinator: Barbara Sisk

This two-year APPCN fellowship program is clinically based with a focus on obtaining expertise in neuropsychological evaluation of individuals with a broad range of neurological disease. Particular emphasis is placed on the dementia spectrum with participation in the Memory Disorders Clinic. The aim of the fellowship is to prepare the fellow to run a neuropsychological assessment laboratory in a neurological setting. Training opportunities include work in neuropsychological assessment, psychological assessment, therapeutic intervention, supervision, case presentation, and participation in didactics. Ample opportunities for research exist during the second year.

Brochure

 

Experimental Epilepsy

Directors, Edward H. Bertram, MD and Jaideep Kapur, MD, PhD

This multi-disciplinary research program is investigating basic mechanisms of status epilepticus, epileptogenesis, and epileptic brain damage. This program also screens compounds for anticonvulsant effects in animal models of temporal lobe epilepsy and status epilepticus. Experimental animal models of different forms of epilepsy and status epilepticus are used. Research methods include in vivo and in vitro physiology, electroencephalography, autoradiography, neurochemistry, and anatomy. The fellowship involves collaboration among various laboratories. This fellowship is intended for concentrated and dedicated basic neuroscience experience, but the possibility of integrating the experience with training in clinical epileptology will be considered.

 

Movement Disorders

Director, Binit Shah, MD                                                                      Program Administrator: KarenMarie Smith

The Movement Disorders Program at the University of Virginia Health System offers a two year fellowship of clinical and research training. The focus is on training excellent movement disorders clinicians with research, teaching, and quality improvement training to prepare fellows to be academic or primarily clinical specialists. The clinical program offers experience in a broad range of movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, pediatric movement disorders, Huntington’s disease, dystonia, ataxia, myoclonus, tics and gait disorders. Multidisciplinary programs include in deep brain stimulation and Huntington’s disease – which has been recognized as Centers of Excellence by the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Fellows also receive training in assessment and management of deep brain stimulation and botulinum toxin chemodenervation. There is an active clinical trials program in experimental therapeutics for Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease under the auspices of the Parkinson Study Group, the Huntington Study Group, and NeuroNEXT. Additional training in clinical investigation and health care research is available through the Master’s Degree in Health Evaluation Sciences offered by the Department of Public Health Sciences. Educational activities include a journal club and video case conferences as well as resident teaching sessions. Research opportunities are available in both clinical and basic science related to movement disorders, though the Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience.

To apply: The UVa Movement Disorders Fellowship program participates in the San Francisco Match. Please visit sfmatch.org to apply.

 

 

Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis

The University of Virginia is excited to announce a joint Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship for the 2021-22 academic year. The fellowship recognizes the evolving role of the clinical neuroimmunologist and is targeted toward trainees who wish to specialize in treating patients with demyelinating diseases and neural antibody mediated neurologic disorders.

Fellows will spend time in the James Q Miller Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, an NMSS Center for Comprehensive Care which has an estimated >1800 visits per year for multiple sclerosis, and related disorders. The team includes 2 fellowship trained adult neuroimmunologists, one fellowship trained pediatric neurologist an IOMSN-certified MS nurse practitioner, neuropsychologist, MS-certified physical & occupational therapists, social worker, research nurse coordinator, nurse case-manager, and dedicated MS clinical care coordinator. Fellows will participate in our multidisciplinary clinic and have the opportunity to rotate with additional specialists including urology, physiatry and rheumatology.

In recognition of the emerging role of neuroimmunologists, fellows will simultaneously train in the management of autoantibody mediated neurologic syndromes in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Fellows will do inpatient consultations for patients with suspected neural autoantibody mediated conditions including autoimmune encephalitis, transverse myelitis, epilepsy, neuropathy, cerebellar degeneration and dysautonomia. They will also see patients in the weekly dedicated neuroimmunology clinic, designed for management of patients with non-MS autoimmune neurologic disorders.  Notably, this dedicated clinic enables fellows to follow this unique patient population longitudinally as they transition to the outpatient setting.  Over their training, fellows will gain comfort in the use of infusion therapies included but not limited to rituximab, cyclophosphamide, IVIG, infliximab, tocilizumab and eculizumab.

The program is flexible to meet the specific interests of the fellow with opportunities to engage in medical student and resident education/educational research, clinical research and scholarly projects.

To apply, please contact:

David Lapides, MD
c/o Brenda Roberts
P.O. Box 800394
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908

Email: David Lapides, MD

 

Neuromuscular

Director, Guillermo Solorzano, MD, MSc                                                            Program Coordinator: Elena Miller

This clinically based, ACGME-accredited fellowship involves intensive experience in an accredited academic EMG laboratory that is sufficient for fellows to qualify for examinations in Neuromuscular Medicine (administered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) and in EMG (administered by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine). The goal of the Neuromuscular Medicine training is to train the fellow to be able to run a laboratory in an academic medical center. The fellow is responsible for running a busy Neuromuscular Consultation Service for outpatients. Research is conducted in a number of areas, including the neurophysiology of neuromuscular transmission, epidemiology of neuromuscular diseases, new and innovative EMG techniques, and treatment trials in various neuromuscular diseases, including ALS and diabetic neuropathy. During the neuromuscular medicine fellowship, there will be a research expectation. Additionally there will be additional training in pediatric neuromuscular disease, neuromuscular pathology, single fiber EMG, and nerve ultrasound.

To apply, please email your CV, personal statement, and 3 letters of reference to our Program Coordinator.

 

Neuro-Oncology

Director, Camilo Fadul, MD                                                              Program Coordinator: KarenMarie Smith

To prepare trainees for a career in neuro-oncology, the Neuro-Oncology Center at the University of Virginia offers 1 and 2-year fellowship positions in neuro-oncology beginning July 1, 2016. The program, certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS), provides comprehensive clinical training in the diagnosis and management of adults with primary nervous system tumors and neurologic complications of systemic cancer under the supervision of three full-time medical neuro-oncologists. Fellows will learn to administer chemotherapy and to write and conduct clinical trials; they may elect to pursue a Master’s degree in clinical investigation and patient-oriented research or in public health. The program is flexible to meet the specific interests of the fellow and can include rotations in Surgical Neuro-Oncology, Neuropathology, Pain/Palliative Care, Radiation Oncology, and Pediatric Neuro-Oncology. Research opportunities in the optional second year, both clinical and laboratory (in one of several labs working on signal transduction and animal models of primary brain tumors) are available based in the fellow’s interest. For more information about UVA’s neuro-oncology fellowship program, please visit our fellowship website.

Please Note: Applications will be accepted for the 2020 Academic year in November 2018.

We are participating in the SF Match program – please apply through their site:   www.SFMatch.org

Contact Us:
Camilo Fadul, MD
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 800432
Charlottesville,  VA  22908

Email: KarenMarie Smith

 

Vascular Neurology/Stroke

Director, Bradford B. Worrall, MD, MSc                                     Program Coordinator: Elena Miller

During this ACGME accredited one or two year fellowship in cerebrovascular disease, the first year is devoted entirely to clinical research and consultation on a busy stroke service. Experience in an active noninvasive neurovascular laboratory is available. Active telemedicine/ telestroke program gives fellows exposure and an opportunity to actively participate to this growing mode of stroke care delivery. The second year is flexible with opportunities for training in clinical trials methodology, for bench research in the pathophysiology and treatment of cerebral ischemia, or for translational research in cerebrovascular atherosclerosis. Stroke call is shared among the junior and senior stroke fellows, the stroke and critical care attendings, and the critical care fellows.

We are participating in the ERAS program – please apply through their site:

https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/fellowship_applicants or call (202) 862-6264 for help.

Vascular Neurology Brochure

Vascular Neurology Fellow Profiles

 

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Varied opportunities for fellowship and postdoctoral study in the neurosciences are also offered in association with the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Virginia. It brings together faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine to provide a unified program of graduate study, which can lead to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Neuroscience. This program combines formal coursework and substantial research experience in order to provide the training necessary for original and significant research and to offer teaching to undergraduate, graduate, and medical school students. The interests of faculty members are diverse, and students may choose from a broad spectrum of elective neuroscience-related courses provided by the program or available through various departments at the University. Fellowship stipends are in accordance with NIH postdoctoral rates.