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Fellowship in Vascular Neurology (Stroke)


The Vascular Neurology Fellowship is a 1-year program seeking to train leaders in the fields of stroke neurology and clinical research. The program is ACGME accredited. One year provides the necessary rotations in vascular neurology, neuroradiology and neurorehabilitation medicine required for Vascular Neurology board eligibility. Clinical rotations include outpatient stroke clinic, inpatient stroke care, rehabilitation medicine and electives. Fellows obtain extensive experience in the management of acute ischemic stroke with intravenous thrombolytics and endovascular methods, including intra-arterial thrombolysis and thrombectomy. Fellows administer and interpret transcranial Doppler testing for vasospasm and learn to interpret duplex ultrasonography of the carotid. Additionally, fellows obtain extensive experience in interpreting neuroimaging including MRI, CT angiography, CT perfusion and conventional angiography.

We strongly encourage applicants who wish to pursue a career in clinical research to apply for this fellowship. Pending availability of funding, a second year of fellowship with a focus on clinical research methodology may also be available. This additional year will offer didactic teaching in the basics of biostatistics, epidemiology and study design. Each fellow will be matched with a research mentor and will carry out his or her own research project, with the expectation that all fellows will complete a first-authored manuscript. All of our clinician scientists and fellows are actively involved in clinical research.

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If you have further questions about the Vascular Neurology Fellowship, please contact our Program Coordinator, Michelle Cereghino, at

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Nerissa U. Ko, MD, MAS and Clay Johnston, MD, PhD
Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program Co-Directors

UCSF Department of Neurology
505 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0114
San Francisco, CA 94143-0114
Phone: 415-476-1489 or 415-476-9202
Fax: 415-476-3428



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