Department of Neurology


Neuromuscular Medicine

Complex repetitive discharge on needle EMGThe Neuromuscular Center offers post-residency Fellowship training in Neuromuscular Medicine. The ACGME-approved fellowship consists of one year of training in clinical neuromuscular medicine, electrodiagnosis and muscle/nerve pathology. The fellows are actively involved in the care of both outpatient and inpatient neuromuscular patients. The fellow will participate in the General Neuromuscular Clinic, the Muscle Disease Center Clinic (a Multidisciplinary Clinic of adults and children with muscular dystrophies and other neuromuscular diseases), and the ALS program clinic (a multidisciplinary Clinic of patients with ALS and other motor neuron disease). All fellows will be trained in performance and interpretation of electrodiagnostic testing. There is a large EMG laboratory system with the main hospital and four satellite locations with a total of eight examining rooms.  Experience in the autonomic laboratory is available and encouraged. Training in the interpretation of nerve and muscles biopsy is done in conjunction with the Department of Neuropathology.

Frequent didactic lectures will be given. The fellows are encouraged to be involved in a clinical research study. Detailed conferences in neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine are held weekly. Neuromuscular medicine faculty includes: Bashar Katirji (Director), David Preston (co-Director), Mark Cohen, Gerald Grossman, Daniel Miller, Barbara Shapiro, Jenice Robinson and Marek Buczek. The Fellowship is designed to provide sufficient experience to satisfy the requirements of:

1) Added Qualification in Neuromuscular Medicine of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and

2) American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

The Fellowship is ACGME approved. Two positions are offered each year.

Individuals interested in the Fellowship should apply to  Dr. Bashar Katirji between February and April of the preceding year. Decisions will be made by July of the preceding year. Applicants can also contact the fellowship coordinator, Ms. Kim Cieszynski ( The Fellowship ordinarily runs according to academic years, July 1 through June 30. Click here to download an application

Vascular Neurology

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center offers a comprehensive one-year fellowship in Vascular Neurology that meets all ACGME requirements for board eligibility in Vascular Neurology. Cathy Sila, MD is the Director of the Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center at University Hospitals-Cleveland Medical Center is the Program Director. This one-year program provides comprehensive training in the inpatient and outpatient management of cerebrovascular disorders under the supervision of an internationally recognized faculty from the University Hospitals-Cleveland Medical Center Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center, a multidisciplinary center representing Neurology, Neurosurgery, NeuroCritical Care, and Neuroradiology as well as faculty from other centers of excellence for Neurologic and Behavioral Outcomes and Rehabilitation within the University Hospitals-Neurologic Institute. Training in stroke neuroimaging, neurocritical care, acute stroke evaluation and assessment for neurointerventional procedures, and outpatient Stroke Prevention Clinic are notable strengths of the program. In addition, there are numerous opportunities for clinical research focusing on acute stroke reperfusion and interventional stroke therapy, stroke prevention, epidemiology, and neurologic outcomes.

Completion of the Vascular Neurology fellowship prepares the candidate for an academic career as a Stroke Center director. For those interested in pursuing additional training in Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (“Interventional Neurology”), this fellowship fulfills the prerequisite of one year of Vascular Neurology in an ACGME approved residency. For those pursuing a career in epidemiology or clinical trials, Case Western Reserve University offers a Masters Degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Trial Design that could be incorporated into the fellowship schedule.

Individuals who are certified or eligible for board certification in Neurology and interested in pursuing the Vascular Neurology Fellowship should contact the Program Director, Dr. Cathy Sila. Applicants can also contact the fellowship coordinator, Ms. Kim Cieszynski (

Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry

The Brain Health and Memory Center of the Neurological Institute has received accreditation by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) for a 1-2 year fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry.

The fellowship can be either 12 months or 24 months in duration and will involve at 12 months of clinical training and ample opportunity for research related to cognition and behavior. Please contact Dr. Alan Lerner for further details.