Neurocritical Care

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Neurocritical Care Fellowship

The Columbia Neuro ICU is an 18-bed closed unit equipped with video EEG and multimodality neuromonitoring capabilities in every room, as well as advanced neuroimaging (3 Tesla MRI and 64-slice CT scanner) adjacent to the ICU. The Cornell Neuro ICU is an 14-bed closed unit with video EEG and multimodality neuromonitoring capabilities; the unit is equipped with a portable CT scanner. Cornell is a level 1 trauma center. The complementary fellowships merged in 2009.

Fellows will gain expertise in the medical management of the critically ill neurologic patient. There are many opportunities to expand your knowledge including in applied neuromonitoring, transcranial Doppler, point-of-care ultrasound, and critical care neurophysiology.

The biggest strength of our program is the large faculty who are dedicated to individualized mentorship of the fellows. For more information about our mission to ensure a diverse and inclusive community, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion Program. We are invested in the success of each and every one of our fellows, whether that future is in clinical, administrative, or academic leadership roles in neurocritical care.

Both Columbia University and Cornell University are recognized Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action educators and employers.  

Our Program

The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Neurocritical Care Fellowship at Columbia and Cornell is a two-year training program that fulfills the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties training criteria. Our 24-month curriculum is equally balanced between neurological and medical aspects of critical care, as follows:

  • 13 months – Neuro–ICU
  • 2 months – MICU, SICU, CTICU, OR
  • 1 month – Neuromonitoring
  • 6 months – Elective
  • 2 months – Vacation

Fellows will participate in an organized collection of lectures, simulations, teaching conferences, Journal Clubs, and Grand Rounds. Upon completion, fellows will be proficient in the management of a wide range of neurological and general critical care patients. Development of independent research projects is encouraged, and fellows will benefit from broad exposure to database management, biostatistics, and data science. A substantial time commitment is required, including “beeper call” on many evenings, in-house call during night float rotations, and weekend call once a month. Four weeks of vacation time are allotted per year. Salary is commensurate with PGY level.  

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 (July 1). Because of this requirement, applicants who have attended a non–U.S. medical school must have completed at least one year of training in internal medicine or surgery in a GME-approved residency training program in the United States. In addition, residency training in neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, surgery, emergency medicine, or internal medicine is required. A strong interest and track record in clinical research is highly desirable. Information about applying for a New York State Medical License can be obtained by calling (518) 474-3817. Graduates of both U.S. and foreign medical schools are eligible to apply. For foreign applicants, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital ONLY sponsors J-1 visas through ECFMG. In special circumstances, visiting research fellowships of 3 to 24 months duration can be arranged for physicians with their own source of outside funding.   


To apply to the Neurocritical Care clinical fellowship program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, please visit the SF Match website. Applications are reviewed by a diverse committee. Interviews are scheduled in the winter and spring.

Faculty, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Neurocritical Care

Faculty, Weill Cornell Medical Center

Neurocritical Care

  • Judy Ch’ang, MD – Attending Physician, WC
  • Hooman Kamel, MD – Division Chief, NCC at Weill Cornell
  • Alexander Merkler, MD – Site Director for NCC, Fellowship Training at WC
  • Santosh Murthy, MD, MPH – Medical Director, WC, Neurointensive Care Unit
  • Alan Segal, MD – Attending Physician, WC

Neurocritical Care and Neuroanesthesia

  • Daniel Lahm, MD – Attending Physician, WC

Fellows, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia & Cornell

Current Fellows  

Second Year Fellows

  • Devin Burke, MD
    • Medical School: SUNY-Upstate Medical University
    • Residency: University of Pittsburgh, Neurology
  • Prajwal Ciryam, MD PhD
    • Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    • Graduate School: Northwestern University (PhD Neuroscience)
    • Graduate School: University of Cambridge (UK; PhD Chemistry)
    • Residency: Columbia University, Neurology
  • Nina Massad, MD
    • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    • Residency: Columbia University, Neurology
  • JingXin Wang, MD PhD
    • Medical School: Harbin Medical University (China)
    • Graduate School: University of Wisconsin Madison (PhD Neuroscience)
    • Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Neurology

First Year Fellows

  • Fernanda Carvalho Poyraz, MD PhD
    • Medical/Graduate School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons
    • Residency: Columbia University, Neurology
  • Eva Franzova, MD
    • Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
    • Residency: Columbia University, Neurology
  • Aditya Kumar, MBBS
    • Medical School: Government Medical College and Hospital, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
    • Residency: University of Texas McGovern Medical School-Houston, Neurology
  • Veronica Peschansky, MD, PhD
    • Medical/Graduate School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    • Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Neurology
  • Mohamed Ridha, MD
    • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
    • Residency: Tufts Medical Center, Neurology

Incoming Fellows

Class of 2022-24

  • Jeremy Ader, MD MBA
  • Elizabeth Carroll, MD
  • Joshua Kahan, MBBS PhD
  • Ifeyinwa Nwankwo, MD

Recent Alumni

Class of 2019-21

  • Laura Scholtz, MD currently at NYU Langone, NY
  • Jenna Ford, MD currently at University of Florida, FL
  • Jessica Magid-Bernstein, MD PhD currently at Yale University, CT
  • Morgan Prust, MD currently at Yale University, CT
  • Jon Rosenberg, MD currently at Westchester Medical Center, NY

Class of 2018-20

  • Hannah Kirsch, MD currently at Stanford University, CA
  • Jessica Lin, MD currently at NYU Langone, NY
  • Billy Roth, MD currently at University of Florida, FL

Class of 2017-19

  • Ayham Alkhachroum, MD currently at University of Miami, FL
  • Andrew Bauerschmidt, MD MS currently at Westchester Medical Center, NY
  • Julie Kromm, MD (1-year) currently at University of Calgary, Canada
  • Kara Melmed, MD currently at NYU Langone, NY
  • Clio Rubinos, MD currently at UNC Chapel Hill, NC

Class of 2016-18

  • Shivani Ghoshal, MD currently at Columbia University, NY
  • Andy Martin, MD currently at Hennepin Healthcare, MN
  • Alex Reynolds, MD currently at Mount Sinai, NY

Class of 2015-17

  • Aws Alawi, MD currently at Swedish Seattle Medical Center, WA
  • Elie Dancour, MD currently at Interventional Neurology, Nuvance Health, NY
  • Ali Mahta, MD currently at Brown University, RI
  • Michael Reznik, MD currently at Brown University, RI

Class of 2014-16

  • Teresa May, DO (1-year) currently at Maine Medical Center, ME
  • Alex Merkler, MD currently at Weill Cornell, NY
  • Nicholas Morris, MD currently at University of Maryland, MD
  • David Roh, MD currently at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NY