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Fellowship Programs

The mission of the Columbia University Department of Neurology post-doctoral fellowship training programs is to train the next generation of leaders in neurological clinical care, research, and education.  In particular, our goals are:

  • To provide trainees with the most comprehensive and advanced clinical training opportunities in their specialty of interest;
  • To make available to fellows education and training in research methodology for basic, clinical, and translational research;
  • To provide trainees who have an interest in research with the knowledge, skills, and resources to obtain research funding;
  • To provide fellows with opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research in their area of specialization;
  • To adhere to institutional and national guidelines for training of fellows;
  • To provide trainees with the knowledge, skills, and resources to obtain academic or other positions.
Fellowship Fellowship Director Title
Aging and Dementia Karen S. Marder, MD, MPH Sally Kerlin Professor of Neurology; Chief, Division of Aging and Dementia; Associate Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research; Director, Clinical Research Resource, Irving Institute; Director, Huntington's Disease Center
Clinical Neurophysiology Carl Bazil, MD, PhD

Alison Pack, MD

Louis Weimer, MD
Doyle Professor of Neurology; Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (Adult & Pediatric); Director, Sleep Disorders Center

Associate Professor of Neurology

Professor of Neurology; Director, EMG Laboratory
Clinical Neuropsychology Elise Caccappolo, PhD, ABPP-CN Clinical Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Service
Movement Disorders Un Kang, MD Merritt Professor of Neurology; Chief, Division of Movement Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis Claire Riley, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology; Medical Director, Columbia University Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Care and Research Center
Neurocritical Care Soojin Park, MD, FAHA Assistant Professor of Neurology at CUMC
Neurohospitalist Laura Lennihan, MD Professor of Neurology; Vice-Chair, Department of Neurology; Chief, Division of Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology
Neuropsychology of Epilepsy Marla Hamberger, PhD Associate Professor of Neuropsychology; Director of Neuropsychology, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
NIH T32 Neuro-Epidemiology Training Program Mitchell Elkind, MD Professor of Neurology & Epidemiology; Chief, Division of Neurology Clinical Outcomes Research and Population Science (NeuroCORPS)
Peripheral Nerve Disorders Tom Brannagan, MD Professor of Neurology; Director, Peripheral Neuropathy Center
Stroke and Vascular Neurology Randy Marshall, MD Harris Professor of Neurology; Chief, Division of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases

Our fellowship opportunities continue to evolve. We have recently added Hospitalist Neurology and Geriatric Neurology programs, and we anticipate adding Neuro-oncology fellows soon. Fellows have abundant opportunities to engage in research as well. Columbia has both R25 and T32 fellowship training opportunities, funded by the NINDS. The goals of both these programs are to help fellows obtain experience and preliminary data to enable them to submit competitive mentored research career award applications (K23, K08, or K99). Both programs are run by Dr. Elkind, and interested applicants should contact Dr. Elkind.

  1. R25: Those who have previously participated in R25 research mentorship programs at Columbia or other institutions may apply for up to 2 years of additional fellowship funding to participate in research.
  2. T32: Our NINDS-funded Neuroepidemiology T32 provides an opportunity for neurologists to engage in a 2 year dedicated clinical and research training opportunity, including coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics; participation in a research project; and clinical training in a subspecialty of neurology. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
    1. Other research training opportunities: Previous fellows have also obtained other national, competitive grants (AAN, LeDucq, AHA) and internal pilot awards from the Sergievsky Center, the Apgar Academy, and the Neurology Department.