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The Department of Neurology at the UC Irvine Health School of Medicine offers fellowship programs in clinical neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine and neurocritical care.

To apply for any of our Neurology Fellowships, the following documents are required:

  • Original application (PDF - Word)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Personal statement

Once completed, application packets can be sent to the appropriate fellowship director (information listed below).

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

We offer a one-year fellowship programs in clinical neurophysiology, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The program is a joint fellowship between UCIMC (UC Irvine Medical Center) and CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange County), and both Adult and Pediatric positions are offered. 

The Adult position is open to trainees who will complete an adult neurology residency program prior to starting the fellowship. Six months at UCIMC are dedicated to the primary emphasis on adult routine and inpatient video EEG, as well as electrocorticography and functional brain mapping. Fellows also spend 3 months rotating at CHOC, gaining experience in pediatric epilepsy and EEG. In addition, there are 2 elective months, which may be used to obtain experience in electropyography (EMG) or intraoperative monitoring. Clinical research opportunities are available.

The Pediatric positoin is open to trainees who will complete a child neurology residency program prior to starting the fellowship. Structureis analogous to the Adult position; 6 months are spent at CHOC for primary emphasis on pediatric epilepsy and EEG, 3 months are spent at UCIMC on the adult epilepsy/EEG side, and 2 elective months are provided as for the Adult position. 

 

Requirements: Completion of adult or child neurology residency and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) board-eligible; must also have California medical license prior to starting

Start Date:

July 1 of academic year

Salary:

$64.556

Contact:

Indranil Sen-Gupta (Fellowship Director)
UC Irvine Department of Neurology
200 S. Manchester Ave., Suite 206
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7707
Fax:  714-456-8805
Email: isengupt@uci.edu 

UC Irvine elileptologist and neurologist Dr. Indranil Sen-GuptaClinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Director

Indranil Sen-Gupta, MD, recieved his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago in 2008, followed by an internship in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he also completed his neurology residency in 2012. He joined the UC Irvine faculty in 2014 after completing a neurophysiology fellowship under Drs. Marc Nuwer and James Chen at UCLA/West LA VA. Dr. Sen-Gupta has directed the Clinical Neurophysiology/Epilepsy Fellowship since 2017. He is actively involved with the clinical epilepsy and intraoperative neuromonitoring programs at the UC Irvine Medical Center. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, being outdoors in nature, and walking along some of the many outdoor trails throughout Orange County.

Neurophysiology Fellow:

  • Demi Tran, MD

Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship

We offer two one-year fellowship programs in neuromuscular medicine that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The fellowship provides comprehensive training in neuromuscular disorders, including the diagnosis and clinical management of inherited and acquired neuromuscular disorders (general neuromuscular, neuropathy, MDA, ALS and myasthenia gravis), training in electrodiagnostic medicine (EMG, single fiber EMG, quantitative sensory testing and autonomic testing ), as well as nerve and muscle biopsy analysis.
Research opportunities are available and encouraged.

Requirements:

Completed neurology residency and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology ABPN board eligible California Medical license.

Start Date: July 1 of academic year
Salary: $64,556
Contact:

Namita Goyal, MD (Fellowship Director)
UC Irvine Department of Neurology
200 S. Manchester Ave., Suite 206
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7707
Fax: 714-456-8805
Email: namitag@uci.edu 

GoyalNeuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Director

Namita Goyal, MD specializes in neuromuscular medicine, holding board certifications in neurology, electrodiagnostic medicine and neuromuscular medicine.  She completed her residency in neurology at the University of Chicago Medical Center, her fellowship in electromyography, clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disease at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in 2006, and subsequently was appointed to the faculty there as a neuromuscular clinician for seven years. In 2012, she joined UC Irvine, where she is an associate professor. She also is associate director of the UC Irvine Health MDA-ALS and Neuromuscular Center and serves as the director of the Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory. She is an author on several neuromuscular articles and chapters. In addition to evaluating and treating patients, she is a mentor to fellows and residents, an investigator in several clinical trials involving a spectrum of neuromuscular diseases and has won the faculty teaching award by the Neurology Department at UC Irvine for the past three years and the 2015 AB Baker Teacher Award by the American Academy of Neurology.

Neuromuscular Medicine Fellows:

  • Sarita Said-Said, MD
  • Jonathan Cauchi, MD

Neurocritical Care Fellowship

The Department of Neurology also offers a two-year fellowship in neurocritical care that is supported by the Department of Neurological Surgery and accredited by the United Council for Neurological Subspecialties. The training is based at UC Irvine Medical Center, Orange County's only Level I trauma center and certified comprehensive stroke center.

The medical center's UC Irvine Health Douglas Hospital has advanced neuroimaging capabilities, including a 3-tesla MRI and a 64-slice CT scanner. Video EEG capabilities with off-site access to the recording allow for 24-hour monitoring of epilepsy patients. There are 12 dedicated neurointensive care unit beds. Our team of neurointensivists includes neurocritical care fellowship-trained physicians from the Department of Neurology.

The 24-month curriculum includes rotations through other intensive care units and emergency department. Elective rotations are negotiable depending on each fellow's interests. The fellow is expected to assume increasing level of responsibilities and eventually lead the rounds with a team of midlevel practitioners (NPs and PAs) and residents. Fellows are expected to teach residents and medical students, as well as lead Journal club.

Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of cases and are expected to become proficient in ventilator management, ventriculostomy management, and reading continuous EEG recordings. They also are expected to master various procedural skills, including traditional and ultrasound-guided central venous line placement, arterial line placement, non-invasive cardiac output monitoring, lumbar puncture and lumbar drain placement,and  traditional and fiberoptic endotracheal intubation.

Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows will be experienced in the management of a wide range of neurological, neurosurgical, and medical critical care conditions.

Applicants to the Neurocritical Care Fellowship program must be graduates of a program accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in one of the following residency training programs: neurology, neurological surgery, internal medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, or emergency medicine.

     Leonid I. Groysman, MD (Fellowship Director)
     UC Irvine Department of Neurology
     101 The City Drive South
     Bldg. 55, Suite 121
     Orange, CA  92868
     Phone:   714-456-7950
     Fax:      714-456-6573
     Email:   lgroysma@uci.edu

GroysmanNeurocritical Care Fellowship Director

Leonid Groysman, MD received his medical degree from State Medical and Pharmaceutical University N. Testemitanu, Moldova. He joined the UC Irvine Department of Neurology after completing of his fellowship in Neurocritical care at University of Southern California and a residency in neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. Groysman developed the UC Irvine Neurocritical Care Fellowship program in close collaboration with Dr. Cyrus Dastur, MD, who is the founding director of Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at UC Irvine Medical Center's Douglas Hospital. Groysman focuses his clinical work on the critical care of patients with neurological disorders.

    

Neurocritical Care Fellows:

  • Duc Vu, MD
  • Ryan Filmore, MD
  • Alexander Sweidan, MD 

Stroke and Vascular Neurology Fellowship

We offer a one-year fellowship program in Stroke and Vascular Neurology that is accredited by the Accredidation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The training is based at UC Irvine Medical Center, the first Joint Commission-Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Orange County, California. The fellowship provides a comprehensive training in cerebrovascular disorders with a balanced curriculum to meet both the accredidation requirements as well as the fellow's individual career interests. The hospital is equipped with advanced neuroimaging capabilities including 3-tesla MRA and 64-slice CT scanners with 24/7/365 access, as well as neurointerventional capabilities. The hospital has a dedicated Neuroscience ICU and a Neuroscience Step-Down Unit for acute stroke care, in addition to an acute inpatient rehabilitation unit. The fellow will have access to a faculty comprised of 6 fellowship-trained board-certified Vascular Neurologists, 5 board-certified Neurointensivists, 3 Neurointerventionalists, and 4 Cerebrovascular Surgeons. In addition to inpatient stroke/telestroke and neurocritical care rotations, the fellow will be able to rotate on a variety of other electives including neuroradiology, neurointerventional, and stroke rehabilitation services. Numerous other electives in other non-cerebrovascular-related neurologic subspecialties can be arranged congruent to the fellow's career interests. The fellow will also spend one half-day per week in the outpatient UCI Stroke Clinic providing outpatient continuity of care and sharpening the skills needed in the outpatient management of patients with cerebrovascular conditions. Clinical and bench research opportunities are available. 

Requirements:

Completed Neurology residency and

California Medical License

Start Date:

July 1 of academic year

Salary:

$64,556

Contact:

Mohammed Shafie, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Associate Director, Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center

UC Irvine Department of Neurology
200 S. Manchester Ave., Suite 206F
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7637
Fax: 714-456-8805
Email: shafiem@uci.edu

    

yuStroke and Vascular Fellowship Director

Mohammed Shafie, MD, PhD, recieved his medical degree from the Medical college of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. After an internship in internal medicine at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD, as he completed his neurology residency at UCLA-Harbor, and pursued his fellowship in Vascular Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Prior to medical school, he pursued his bachelor's and master's degrees as well as his doctoral degree all in chemical engineering with a research focus in bioengineering. He holds board certifications in neurology and vascular neurology. After starting his academic career at Loma Linda University and Loma Linda Veterans Affair Medical Center, he joined UCI in 2016, where he has also served as the associate director of the UCI Comprehensive Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center. 

Stroke and Vascular Fellow:

        • Mark Farag, MD 

Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

The Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program at University of California, Irvine provides outstanding training for candidates interested in a career in neuro-oncology. The program offers a rich curriculum that covers all areas of neuro-oncology in a multidisciplinary setting and offers very strong clinical and laboratory research opportunities.

The Neuro-Oncology Program at the University of California is the only program in the Orange County, which allows our fellows to be exposed to a wide array of primary and metastatic brain tumors and to neurological complications of cancer. The neuro-oncology group at UC Irvine Health is one of the largest in the region, with three medical neurological oncologists, four neurological surgeons and a complete team of neuro-radiologists, neuropathologists and radiation oncologists. Our faculty is involved in multiple clinical trials, as well as in basic science and translational research in neurological oncology.

The first year of training covers all areas of curriculum required for UCNS certification. The second years is optional and offers an opportunity to focus on either clinical or laboratory research. Fellows are exposed to an extensive variety of inpatient and outpatient neuro-oncology settings and will participate in formal multidisciplinary discussions at a weekly tumor board meeting.

The clinical and research activity is centered at the UC Irvine Health Medical Center. UC Irvine Medical Center has been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report for the past 16 consecutive years as one of “America’s Best Hospitals,” “High Performing Hospitals,” and “Best Regional Hospitals,” ranking #10 in California and #5 in Los Angeles metropolitan area. In addition, the UC Irvine Health program in cancer has been ranked as “high performing” by the U.S. News & World Report.

Requirements:

Completed neurology residency or neurological surgery residency or oncology fellowship and California medical license eligible

Start Date:

July 1 of academic year

Salary:

$64,556

Contact:

Daniela A. Bota, MD., PhD., Associate Professor, Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Medicine and Experimental Pathology; Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of Neurology; Director of Neuro-oncology program

UC Irvine Department of Neurology
200 S. Manchester Ave., Suite 206
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7214
Fax: 714-456-6894
Email: dbota@uci.edu

                     

yuNeuro-Oncology Fellowship Director

Daniela Bota, MD, PhD completed her Neuro-Oncology fellowship training at The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke in 2007. She joined UC Irvine, Department of Neurology and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2007. She is currently the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program.

Also, she is presently the Co-Chair of the Neurological Oncology Disease Oriented Team at UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; she leads a team of physicians and scientists in designing a translational science and clinical research portfolio, which now includes all of the major national clinical trials in Neurological Oncology. Within the team, she strategically guides the translation of basic science research from laboratories involved in neurological oncology research (including treatments for the major neurological malignancies as well as for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced cognitive deficits) into clinical trials. Also, she facilitates and identifies opportunities to work with contacts in biopharma, which offer UC Irvine unique opportunities to conduct Phase I studies for promising cancer and neuroprotective drugs.

         

Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship

The UCI Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship provides broad clinical and research exposure with a goal of training Neurologists to become independent experts in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with demyelinating disorders.  Clinical training takes place in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society designated Comprehensive Care Clinic at UCI as well as at UC Irvine Medical Center. 

Fellows are expected to participate in research, either clinical or basic science, during a 1 year fellowship.  For Fellows interested in an academic career, an additional 1-2 years of in-depth research training is offered in basic and translational neuroimmunology research. 

Requirements: Completed neurology residency and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology ABPN board eligible California medical license

Start Date:

July 1 of academic year

Salary:

$64,556

Contact:

Michael Demetriou MD, PhD, Professor, Neurology; Director, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Designated Comprehensive Care Clinic; Phone: 949-824-9775; Fax: 949-824-9847; email: mdemetri@uci.edu.

Demetriou

Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship Director

Michael Demetriou, MD, PhD 

Pediatric Neurology Fellowship

Pediatric Neurology Fellows:

  • Desiree Levyim, MD
  • Rachel Patterson, MD