Vascular Neurology

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Welcome to the Fellowship Training Program in Vascular Neurology.

Our Program

The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Irving Medical Center offers a one-year training program in Vascular Neurology. The one-year program is an ACGME certified 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 Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. The facilities include 2 floors dedicated to neurology, 16 step down level beds, and an 18-bed Neuro-ICU, nursing staff with experience in stroke, and 24-hour house-staff and advanced practice providers support. Neuroradiology imaging on the stroke floor includes a 3Tesla MRI, and CT capable of whole brain perfusion scanning, and the ICAVL-certified Neurosonology lab provides additional imaging. There are in addition several scanners in the rest of the Milstein building, and 2 CT’s and an MRI for the care of emergency room patients. Clinical responsibilities include but are not limited to daily teaching rounds with one of the Vascular Neurology faculty and the post-call house-staff team, acute stroke page supervision responsibilities, tele-medicine, and stroke consult service rounds. Vascular Neurology fellows also have shared call responsibilities 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 including neuro-rehabilitation.

The outpatient experience consists of a once per week half-day clinic where fellows are seeing patients with attendings embedded within the faculty practice. There are weekly Divisional clinical case conferences, bi-monthly didactics, weekly acute stroke QA review of cases, monthly multi-disciplinary acute stroke processes review (SPEED meeting) and monthly Research Updates presented by the faculty and house-staff 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 Regional Coordinating Center for StrokeNET, the Stroke division we are active and top-enrolling site in multi-center clinical trials including Sleep-SMART and ASPIRE with the help of an experienced team of coordinators. The stroke faculty are also principal investigators in a broad array of research topics including epidemiology, neuro-genetics, neuro-imaging, health care related disparities, physiology and maternal health. There are active research collaborations with other departments such as cell biology, radiology, neurosurgery, obstetrics, cardiology, epidemiology and biostatistics. 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.

Requirements and Eligibility

To apply for the fellowship, the applicant must be eligible for 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 in a GME-approved residency training program, and three years of residency training in Neurology. US citizens, green card holders, and J-1 visa holders are all eligible.


Applications occur via ERAS. Applications are reviewed by a diverse committee.


Fellowship Faculty

  • Dritan Agaliu, PhD – Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology (in Neurology and Pharmacology)
  • Raeann Bourscheid, MD – Assistant Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurology
  • Jose Gutierrez, MD, MPH – Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Chinwe Ibeh, MD, MS – Assistant Professor of Neurology  
  • Randolph Marshall, MD, MS – Elisabeth K. Harris Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Eliza Miller, MD, MS – Associate Professor of Neurology 
  • MaryKay Pavol, PhD – Associate Professor of Neuropsychology
  • Imama A. Naqvi, MD – Assistant Professor of Neurology at CUMC
  • Carol M. Troy, MD, PhD – Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and Neurology (in the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain) at CUMC
  • Olajide Williams, MD, MS – Professor of Neurology, Vice Dean of Community Health, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons; Vice Chair, Department of Neurology, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons; Director, Columbia Center for Community Health, Jerome L. Greene Science Center; Co-chair, Community Advisory Council, Columbia University; Co-chair, Task Force for Addressing Structural Racism, Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Co-chair, Academy of Community and Public Service, Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Co-director, Community Engagement Core Resource, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Joshua Z. Willey, MD, MS – Associate Professor of Neurology