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Stroke and Vascular Neurology

The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University offers a one-to-two year training program in Vascular Neurology. The firs year is an ACGME certified Vascular Neurology fellowship meeting the requirements for the ABPN Vascular Neurology Board Certification. An additional 1 year of post-doctoral research training is available through the Stroke Trials Network which includes the option for formal classwork in patient oriented research. Prospective fellows can expect to spend a substantial part of their first year of training in clinical duties to meet the ACGME requirements. The inpatient portion takes place at the Milstein Hospital, the main teaching hospital of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The facilities include 2 floors dedicated to neurology, a 4-bed Stroke Unit, 10 step down level beds, and an 18-bed Neuro-ICU, nursing staff with experience in stroke, 3 Nurse Practitioners and 24-hour housestaff support. Neuroradiology imaging with a 3Tesla MRI and CT capable of whole brain perfusion scanning is present on the neurology floors, and the ICAVL-certified Neurosonology lab provides additional imaging. Clinical responsibilities include but are not limited to daily teaching rounds with one of the Vascular Neurology faculty and the postcall housestaff team, acute stroke page responsibilities and stroke consult service rounds. Vascular Neurology fellows also have shared call responsibilties with the neuro-ICU fellows allowing for a broad exposure in neurological emergencies and hemorrhagic strokes. There is a separate and dedicated Neuro-ICU experience with direct fellow responsibilities in the NICU, as well as neuro-sonology and rehabilitation medicine rotations. The fellow is expected to participate in presentations and discussions of the pathophysiology, neuroradiological and hemodynamic characteristics of different neurovascular conditions, evidence-based acute and long-term treatment modalities and neuro-rehabilitation.

Outpatient clinical portion consists of supervising the Stroke neurology resident clinic as well as enjoying continuity of care in a private setting under the direct supervision of faculty. There are weekly Divisional clinical case conferences and monthly Research Updates presented by the faculty and housestaff as well as the weekly Grand Rounds hosted by the Department of Neurology.

In addition, the Department of Neurology has a rich network of academic clinicians involved in innovative and frontrunner research. As the prior recipient of the prestigious Specialized Programs of Translational Research in Acute Stroke (SPOTRIAS) grant and now the Stroke Trials Network as a Regional Coordinating Center from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Stroke division continues to excel in pioneering several locally run trials in stroke epidemiology, neuropharmacology, neurogenetics, functional brain imaging, and neurorehabilitation. We are an acctive site in multiple local and multicenter multi-disciplinary clinical trials (e.g., CREST2,  SHINEPOINT, DESERVE-3, PRISMS, ACTION-2), and thanks to the team of experienced coordinators lead the country is most patients enrolled in several of these trials. Fellows are encouraged to play active roles in recruitment, data collection and follow-up, as well as develop original research projects under the mentorship of the Stroke Division Faculty.


 

2016 - 2017
 Name

Where are they now? 

Charles Esenwa, MD

Current fellow at Columbia University Medical Center

Tim Lekic, MD

Current fellow at Columbia University Medical Center

Eliza Miller, MD

Current fellow at Columbia University Medical Cente

2015 - 2016

Name

Where are they now? 

Charles Esenwa, MD

Current fellow at Columbia University Medical Center

Tim Lekic, MD

Current fellow at Columbia University Medical Center

Abid Qureshi, MD

Instructor at Emory University in Atlanta, GA

2014 - 2015

Name

Where are they now? 

Sara Rostanski, MD

Faculty Member at New York University

Shadi Yaghi, MD

Faculty Member at Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital

2013 - 2014

Name

Where are they now? 

Ayesha Sherzai, MD

Faculty Member at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Shadi Yaghi, MD

Faculty Member at Rhode Island Hospital

2012 - 2013

Name 

Where are they now? 

Sumiti Nayar, MD

Faculty Member at Hamilton General Hospital, Toronto Canada

Marco Gonzalez Castellon, MD

Faculty Member at University of Nebraska Medical Center

2011 - 2012

First Name

Where are they now? 

Jose Gutierrez-Contreras, MD, MPH Faculty Member at Columbia University Medical Center

Stroke Fellowship/Stroke ACGME

Duration: 1 year, renewable for second

Fellowship Director

  • Joshua Willey, MD, MS
    (212) 305-1710

Faculty and research expertise:

  • Randolph Marshall, MD, MS, Division head. Hemodynamics, cerebral autoregulation, and stroke recovery.
  • JP Mohr, MD, Sciarra Professor of Neurology. Arterio-venous malformations and stroke clinical trials.
  • Mitchell Elkind, MD, MS, Chief, NeuroCORPS (Neurology Clinical Outcomes Research and Population Science). Stroke epidemiology and outcomes research.
  • Joshua Willey, MD, MS, Geriatric stroke and stroke in the surgical population.
  • Tomoko Kitago, MD, Stroke recovery
  • Olajide Williams, MD, Stroke Public education
  • Ronald Lazar, PhD, Stroke recovery and cerebral hemodynamics
  • MaryKay Pavol, PhD, Cognitive impact of stroke in surgical populations
  • Jose Gutierrez, MD, MPH, Cerebral vasculopathy

Description

  • Clinical fellowship with extensive in-patient and outpatient experience.
  • Close mentorship with a world-class faculty.
  • Dedicated in-patient stroke service.
  • Participation in acute stroke team.
  • Dedicated weekly didactics sessions in combination with the neuro-intensive care fellows, as well as weekly case conferences.
  • Shared call and cross-coverage responsibilties with the neuro-intensive care unit after-hours and on weekends.
  • Participation in multi-center clinical trials.
  • Neursonology rotation meeting requirements for certification neuro-vascular ultrasound
  • Abundant research opportunities in clinical syndromes, radiologic and pathologic correlations, studies of risk factors, course and outcome of stroke.

    - Fulfills ACGME requirements Rotations:
    - Inpatient stroke service (18 to 20 weeks)
    - Neurological Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
    - Neurosonology (2 weeks)
    - Rehabilitation and Recovery (2 weeks)

  • Stipend: Consistent with PGY level
    Application Date: Match Day
    Announcement Date: Match Day
    A separate 2-year Neuroepidemiology fellowship is available which can be combined with the vascular neurology or other subspecialties in neurology. For further information click this link.

Contact

Yakira Nolasco
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 212-305-1326
Fax: 212-305-6978
Email: yn2136@columbia.edu


Stroke Epidemiology Fellowship

Duration: 2 years, starting in July

Fellowship Directors

  • Vascular Neurology Director: Joshua Willey, MD, MS
    (212) 305-1710
  • Stroke/EPI Fellowship Director: Mitchell Elkind, MD, MS
    (212) 305-1710

Faculty

  • Joshua Willey, MD MS
    (212) 305-1710

Description

This is a combined clinical and research training fellowship in stroke. The fellow will participate in ongoing research studies regarding stroke incidence, risk factors and outcomes as part of the Northern Manhattan Study and other ongoing neuroepidemiology studies. The fellow will also be exposed to the ongoing stroke clinical trials regarding acute and long-term stroke therapies. The fellow will attend rounds in the Neurovascular in-patient stroke unit and supervise the care of inpatients and outpatients with cerebrovascular disease.

As part of the neuroepidemiology training program, fellows will be enrolled in the Masters of Epidemiology program in the Mailman School of Public Health. The fellow will take courses over 2 years in biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trials and study design as well as participate in ongoing epidemiologic studies. This program may be combined with The ACGME-accredited Vascular Neurology Fellowship.

Requirements and Eligibility

This NINDS-funded training program requires the fellow applicant to be a US citizen or non-citizen national of the US or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
Stipend: Consistent with PGY level.
Application Date: Flexible

Requirements and Eligibility

To apply for the fellowship, the applicant must be eligible for and possess a New York State Medical License on the start date of the fellowship. Those applicants who have attended a non-US medical school must have completed at least one year of training in internal medicine or surgery in a USGME-approved residency training program. Residency training in Neurology is preferred but other specialties will be considered. Columbia University takes affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity.

Application Process

Applications for the Stroke Fellowship/Stroke ACGME Program and Stroke Epidemiology Fellowship are submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Each year, ERAS accepts applications beginning December 1. After your completed application is reviewed and if selected for an interview, you will be notified via e-mail. Interviews are conducted by invitation only and will be scheduled from December – March 2016.

 

Contact

Yakira Nolasco
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 212-305-1326
Fax: 212-305-6978
Email: yn2136@columbia.edu