Neurology Fellowships

Clinical Neurophysiology
Faculty: Holli Horak, MD (Director); Colin R. Bamford, MD; Katalin Scherer, MD; Muhammad Khan, MD

There are two positions available every year for our yearlong, ACGME-accredited Neurophysiology Fellowship at the University of Arizona.  Each fellow has the choice of focusing on EMG or EEG, including clinical experience.

EMG predominant fellows will work with experts in the department of neurology.  The fellow will gain expertise in performing EMG/NCS, IOM and the use of botulinum toxin injections.  The fellow will gain clinical experience in the management of complex neuromuscular patients, including ALS, acquired neuropathies and muscular dystrophies.  There is the opportunity for research and each fellow will see patients in a broad variety of clinics and inpatient settings.  At the end of the fellowship, the fellow will be eligible to sit for both the ABEM and ABPN-added qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology Boards.

EEG predominant fellows will have the opportunity to learn complex epilepsy patient management and to expertly read and interpret EEGs.  These fellows will learn EMU monitoring, IOM, EEG, continuous EEG, Sleep medicine. They will learn from experts how to evaluate patients for possible surgical interventions.  They will see patients from a variety of adult and pediatric clinics and learn outpatient and inpatient seizure management.  These fellows will be board eligible in the ABPN-added qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology boards.

Faculty: David M. Labiner, MD (Director); Kendra Drake, MD; Myrka Torres, MD

The fellow will be a participating physician in the Arizona Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (ACEP). This one-year long experience is part of an ACGME accredited fellowship that includes the evaluation and treatment of patients with epilepsy, both in the outpatient and inpatient settings. The fellow may also elect to spend time working in Pediatric Neurology Clinic. The fellow will be involved in the selection and evaluation of patients for epilepsy surgery and will become proficient in the analysis of video-EEG monitoring studies, neuroimaging techniques, and quantitative EEG analysis during the Wada test. The fellow will participate in trials of investigational drugs and other clinical research (see Clinical Research Studies). In addition, there are opportunities for basic research in the areas of cellular neurophysiology and molecular biology with an emphasis on the development of novel therapeutic approaches.

Headache Medicine
Faculty: Wendi Kulin, MD; John LaWall, MD; Felesia MacFarland, MD

During this one-year Headache fellowship, training is provided in the clinical evaluation and management of a wide variety of headache disorders, including botulinum toxin injections. The fellow is expected to participate in clinical research and manuscript writing. This fellowship is accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS).

Movement Disorders
Faculty: Scott J. Sherman, MD, PhD (Director); Hong Lei, MD; Sudeshna Bose, MD

A 1-year fellowship is available to provide comprehensive training in the evaluation and management of movement disorders. The fellows work directly with the movement disorders faculty primarily in the outpatient clinic setting. The fellow will participate in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of movement disorders as well as administration of botulinum toxin, and evaluations for deep brain stimulation. The fellow is also expected to participate in clinical research trials. In addition, there are opportunities for basic research exposure and participation.

Cerebrovascular Disease

Faculty: Chelsea S. Kidwell, MD (Director); Kendra Drake, MD; Bruce M. Coull, MD; Ealaf AlRabia, MD; Mohammad El-Ghanem, MD; Travis Dumont, MD

 During this one year ACGME accredited vascular neurology fellowship, the fellow will receive comprehensive interdisciplinary training in all aspects of clinical care for patients with stroke and related cerebrovascular diseases. The fellowship experience includes training with vascular neurologists, neurointerventionalists, vascular neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, critical care specialists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, neuroscience nursing, basic science vascular neurology researchers, and emergency medicine physicians. Formal training is provided in order to gain specialized knowledge in the science, pathology, clinical evaluation, diagnosis, and management of adults with stroke and cerebrovascular disease at a level beyond that expected of a general neurologist. In addition, the fellow participates in and receives training in the conduct of clinical, epidemiological, and outcomes based stroke research. The primary site for the fellow’s education will be the University of Arizona Medical Center University Campus - Banner University Medical Center (BUMCT). BUMCT is a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center and is in the process of applying for Comprehensive Stroke Center certification. The fellow also attends a weekly outpatient stroke clinic at our brand-new outpatient North Campus facility. Additional experiences are available in carotid and transcranial Doppler techniques, catheter angiography and interventional procedures, as well as multimodal MRI and CT techniques. Participation in Clinical Research Studies is expected. A second year option with a focus on clinical research is available pending funding.

For more information on any of our Fellowships, please contact Peggy Nolty, Program Manager, or 520-626-3894.