Department of Neurology



Dear Future Neurologists,

Welcome to the Neurological Institute at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center! As the Chief Residents, we could not be more proud of our program and hope that you find your tour of our website insightful and useful.

Case Western Reserve University Neurological Institute was established in 1956 as a Division within the Department of Medicine directed by Dr. Clark Randt. Our department continued to grow under our four chairmen; Dr. Joseph Foley, Dr. Robert B. Daroff, Dr. Dennis Landis, and our current chairman Dr. Anthony J. Furlan, reflecting our institute’s continuous stability. Our institute includes more than 55 faculty members. We currently have 49 residents, the third largest residency training program in the country. Our program is directed by Dr. David C. Preston, announced as the best neurology program director in the country for 2015-2016 academic year by the American Academy of Neurology. Our training occurs at 2 main facilities – UH Cleveland Medical Center and Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. Within the Department are many Centers, among them, Epilepsy, Neuromuscular, Movement Disorders, Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disorders, Critical Care Neurology, Brain Health and Memory, Community Neurology and Neuro-Ophthalamology / Balance. We are a trauma level I Center. Our patient population is diverse with patients from all over the world. We have a strong relationship with the Neurosurgical Department, with both departments under the Neurological Institute. We are also proud to be the medical team for the Cleveland Browns.

Our residency program offers a profound academic environment. As a categorical program, we start our training in the Medicine Department for a year; an outstanding training program directed by Dr. Keith B. Armitage. Our second year of training is focused on establishing the clinical foundation in Neurology; starting with intensive introduction to clinical neurology course “bootcamp” for a week. The course is directed to help junior residents with neurological emergency cases. Followed by the “bootcamp”, our juniors attend daily lectures for the summer lecture series. This series is an introduction for different subjects to help facilitate the learning curve in Neurology. Our lecture series for the rest of the academic year includes, but not limited to, the Evidence Based Medicine course, Morbidity and Mortality conference, outpatient lecture series, clinical pathological case conference, vascular neurology conference, movement disorder conference, journal club, radiology lectures, neuro-immunology lectures, ethics series, psychiatry lectures, neurocritical care conference, general neurology conference, epilepsy grandrounds, neurology grandrounds, epilepsy surgery conference, seizure semiology and unknown EEG lectures run by Dr. Hans O. Lüders. Our third year of training is very unique in comparison to any other program in the country. We have 2 month epilepsy course in which offers an outstanding training in reading EEG, epilepsy, and seizure management. We also spend 2 months in an EMG course, trained by one of the best neuromuscular programs in the country. Our 6 weeks of medical school Neuroscience course offers a great chance to learn about the basics in neurology. During the course time, we have the opportunity to teach medical students in small and medium size teaching groups. Our last year of training prepares us to become competent neurologists. We are the seniors of different services including general neurology, stroke, epilepsy, epilepsy monitoring unit, neuro ICU, nightfloat, VA neurology and pediatric neurology. We spend a month in equips-path rotation learning on pathology, quality improvement, risk management, documentation and coding, public reporting, mortality review and palliative care.

Our program offers a great path for those who are interested in pursuing an academic career. Our neurological institute is a leading program in trials, both basic and clinical research. We offer both a research pathway and a leadership in medical education track. Residents pursuing the leadership track will have the chance to do courses in Wheatherhead School of Management, which will lead to a certificate in leadership in medical education. The track includes courses on emotional intelligence, coaching, design, communication, and women in leadership. Leading in medical education is an art that all of our residents experience during our weekly bedside chairman teaching rounds by Dr. Anthony J. Furlan, a world known in leadership and education.

Cleveland and the surrounding region provide a great source of joy outside the training. The city has excellent restaurants, parks, beaches, and outdoor activities. Our hospital provides great cultural experiences. We are in close proximity to Severance Hall, home of the world-renown Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Art, Institute of Music, and Art Museum. Cleveland is the hometown for Rock and Roll. On the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum resides. Cedar point one of the largest amusement parks is in driving distance from Cleveland. Our program organizes picnics and outdoor activities to our residents on a yearly basis. Our hometown sport teams include Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns, and Indians.

Many of our residents after completion of our residency program have gone on to pursue fellowship at Cleveland Medical Center as well as other top programs in the country and many later on have leadership positions in academic programs. Others have continued their career in practicing general neurology. Finally, we hope that you consider joining our family at Case Western Reserve Neurological Institute on the next stage of your path to become a successful neurologist. We look forward to meeting you in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or concerns.


Ayham and Hatim

Chief Neurology Residents