vascular neurology fellowship

About our Program

The University of Florida Department of Neurology and the UF Health Comprehensive Stroke Program is proud to offer three ACGME-accredited fellowship positions in cerebrovascular disease.

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Clinical training

Acute inpatient stroke

Fellows refine their knowledge of state-of-the-art acute stroke management on our busy inpatient stroke service. Fellows develop leadership and educational skills on service by working closely with board-certified vascular neurology attendings to lead a team of neurology residents, stroke ARNPs, rotators, and medical students.
During any given week, one fellow is assigned to the inpatient stroke service and a second is assigned to the Acute Care service, which responds to acute stroke alerts during rounds and also assists the team with clinical trial recruitment and other activities. Call is only taken by the fellow on the inpatient stroke service.

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Neurocritical Care

Fellows rotate on a multidisciplinary team with residents from neurology, neurosurgery, and anesthesia, under the guidance of neurology-trained neurointensivist faculty members. Fellows are exposed to a broad neurocritical care curriculum essential for management of vascular neurology patients, including management of malignant infarction, elevated intracranial pressure, and intraparenchymal and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in formal Emergency Neurological Life Support certification with hands-on simulations conducted on campus.
 

Neurocritical Care Simulation

Endovascular Neurosurgery

Fellows participate in the robust clinical cases of the UF neurointerventional program led by 3 endovascular neurosurgeons and an ACGME-accredited endovascular fellow.  Cases include mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke, repair of cerebral aneurysm and vascular malformations, and carotid endarterectomy and stenting. There is opportunity to spend additional time on the endovascular neurosurgery inpatient clinical rotation, as interest dictates.

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Neurorehabilitation

Fellows rotate on the inpatient service at the UF Health Rehabilitation Center to learn state-of-the-art methods for rehabilitation of acute stroke.

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Neurovascular Continuity Clinic

Fellows refine their longitudinal management of stroke patients by following select patients after inpatient discharge in a dedicated fellow continuity clinic (1/2 day per week except when rotating on inpatient stroke/neurocritical care). Fellows also have an opportunity to see new patients in stroke attending clinic.

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Optional Rotations

Fellows can include rotations in Neuroradiology; Transcranial Doppler; Carotid Ultrasound; Echocardiography; Geriatrics; Palliative Care; Neurology rotations (Prior fellows have chosen to rotate on EEG, EMG, or serve as inpatient fellow on General Ward/Consult services, depending on alignment with career interests); Internal Medicine consult services (eg, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Infectious Disease, etc); Research. They can also work on a customized plan (per fellow interest, requires a faculty mentor and written goals/objectives submitted in advance).
 

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Education

In addition to robust clinical training in a thriving stroke program, the fellowship also provides well-rounded didactic education, teaching opportunities, clinical research, and quality improvement.

UF fellows and attendings participate in a lively, weekly-rotating fellowship curriculum that includes stroke journal club, stroke guideline review with emphasis on application to real world cases, neuroradiology review, interesting case conference, and guest speakers on topics selected at the beginning of the year by faculty and fellows. Fellows are provided funds and protected time to attend the International Stroke Conference in the spring.

Teaching

All fellows are invited to give an oral presentation during UF’s regional Annual Stroke CME Conference held each spring. Fellows join faculty in providing stroke didactic lectures to neurology residents and participate in the education of clerkship medical students rotating on the stroke team, either informally in the afternoons or as part of the dedicated problem-based learning curriculum. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in local EMS and public outreach for stroke education.

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Research

Fellows participate actively in UF’s robust stroke clinical trial program, which includes trials for hyperacute stroke therapy, novel neuroprotective strategies, antithrombotics, and secondary stroke prevention. Fellows also engage in local research projects through the CREST group (Clinical and Research Experience in Stroke using Team science) under the direction of Dr. Simpkins. This innovative program brings together stroke fellows, neurology residents, and medical students to collaborate on group projects, and allows fellows the opportunity for very productive scholarly activity despite the short duration of stroke fellowship.

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Quality Improvement

Fellows are active members in the UF Stroke Committee and attend a monthly interdisciplinary meeting to review acute stroke metrics and opportunities for quality improvement. Fellows are also responsible for presenting faculty-selected cases at a monthly interdisciplinary conference case review. Fellows are encouraged to participate in UF Neuromedicine quality committees and initiatives related to stroke and to develop their own quality improvement projects.

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Our graduates

NameGraduation YearCurrent Position
Robert Rodriguez, MD2021Vascular Neurologist, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford, Murfreesboro, TN
Yoram Roman Casul, MD2021Vascular Neurologist, Tennova Healthcare, Knoxville, TN
David Stone, MD2019Vascular Neurologist, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, FL
Mary-Ann Fares, MD2018Director Stroke Division, Northeast Georgia Health System, Gainesville, GA
Supreet Kaur, MD2018Vascular Neurologist, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ
Scott Dellorso, MD2017Vascular Neurologist, Baptist Health, Jacksonville, FL
Swetha Renati, MD2017Assistant Professor, College of Medicine Neurology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Christian Rosado, MD2015Vascular Neurologist, Neurological Services of Orlando, PA, Orlando, FL
Jindong Xu, MD, PhD2015Vascular Neurologist, Guilford Neurologic Associates, Cone Health Medical Group, Greensboro, NC
Ganesh Asaithambi, MD2014Vascular Neurologist, John Nasseff Neuroscience Specialty Clinic, St. Paul, MN
Arnaldo Velez, MD2014Vascular Neurologist, Neurological Services of Orlando, PA, Orlando, FL
Paul MacDonald, MD2013Neurologist, Brain & Spine Center, Chandler, AZ
Walter Morgan, MD2013Vascular Neurologist, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL

application requirements

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Applicants interested in a Vascular Neurology fellowship position apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) approximately eighteen months prior to anticipated matriculation. Applicants will be invited to interview in December through March. Please visit the ERAS website for complete information about application, schedules, and regulations & the NRMP website for NRMP deadlines.

Qualifications

To be eligible for a Vascular Neurology fellowship program, applicants must have successfully completed (or be on track to complete) an ACGME-accredited adult Neurology Residency prior to matriculation.  Applicants must have passed USMLE Step 3 prior to application.

Visa Sponsorship

We will sponsor J-1 visas and in certain circumstances, we will port an existing H1-b visa. In order to get approval, an H-1B visa must have been issued not more than 3 years prior to projected start date with our program.

For more information Contact:

Christina A Wilson
Department: MD – VASCULAR NEUROLOGY

Christina A Wilson MD, PhD

Interim Chief, Vascular Neurology Division; Associate Chair Of Education; Neurology Residency Program Director; Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program Director
Phone: (352) 273-5550
April M King
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-ADMIN/EDUC

April M King

Residency/Fellowship Program Assist
Phone: (352) 273-5550