Fellowship Programs

The mission of the Columbia University Department of Neurology post-doctoral fellowship training programs is to train the next generation of leaders in neurological clinical care, research, and education.  In particular, our goals are:

  • In alignment with the mission of the Department of Neurology Diversity and Inclusion Program, we aim to recruit and train a diverse and inclusive body of fellows regardless of gender, age, culture, race, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, and veteran or immigration status;
  • To educate and develop early-career physicians to focus on excellence in the delivery of safe, equitable, affordable, quality care, while maintaining sensitivity to the overall health and wellbeing of the diverse populations they will serve;
  • To provide trainees with the most comprehensive and advanced clinical training opportunities in their specialty of interest;
  • To make available to fellows education and training in research methodology for basic, clinical, and translational research;
  • To provide trainees who have an interest in research with the knowledge, skills, and resources to obtain research funding;
  • To provide fellows with opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research in their area of specialization;
  • To adhere to institutional and national guidelines for training of fellows;
  • To provide trainees with the knowledge, skills, and resources to obtain academic or other positions.
Fellowship Fellowship Director Title

Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program

Karen S. Marder, MD, MPH

Sally Kerlin Professor of Neurology; Chief, Division of Aging and Dementia; Associate Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research; Director, Clinical Research Resource, Irving Institute; Director, Huntington's Disease Center

Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG track; EMG track) and Epilepsy

Paul Kent, MD, PhD

Alison Pack, MD

Louis Weimer, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology at CUMC

Associate Professor of Neurology at CUMC

Professor of Neurology at CUMC; Director, EMG Laboratory

Clinical Neuropsychology

Elise Caccappolo, PhD, ABPP-CN

Clinical Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Service

Movement Disorders

Blair Ford, MD

Professor of Neurology at CUMC; Director, Movement Disorder Surgery Center

Multiple Sclerosis

Claire Riley, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology; Clinical Director, Columbia University Multiple Sclerosis Center

Neurocritical Care

Soojin Park, MD, FAHA, FNCS

Associate Professor of Neurology at CUMC

Neuroinfectious Disease

Kiran Thakur, MD

Winifred Mercer Pitkin, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology


Laura Donovan, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology at CUMC

Neuropsychology of Epilepsy

Marla Hamberger, PhD

Professor of Neuropsychology; Director of Neuropsychology, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

NIH T32 Neuro-Epidemiology Training Program

Mitchell Elkind, MD

Professor of Neurology & Epidemiology; Chief, Division of Neurology Clinical Outcomes Research and Population Science (NeuroCORPS)

Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Tom Brannagan, MD

Professor of Neurology at CUMC; Director, Peripheral Neuropathy Center

Vascular Neurology

Joshua Z. Willey, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Neurology

Our fellowship opportunities continue to evolve. We have recently added Hospitalist Neurology and Geriatric Neurology programs, and we anticipate adding Neuro-oncology fellows soon. Fellows have abundant opportunities to engage in research as well. Columbia has both R25 and T32 fellowship training opportunities, funded by the NINDS. The goals of both these programs are to help fellows obtain experience and preliminary data to enable them to submit competitive mentored research career award applications (K23, K08, or K99). Both programs are run by Dr. Elkind, and interested applicants should contact Dr. Elkind.

  1. R25: Those who have previously participated in R25 research mentorship programs at Columbia or other institutions may apply for up to 2 years of additional fellowship funding to participate in research.
  2. T32: Our NINDS-funded Neuroepidemiology T32 provides an opportunity for neurologists to engage in a 2 year dedicated clinical and research training opportunity, including coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics; participation in a research project; and clinical training in a subspecialty of neurology. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
    1. Other research training opportunities: Previous fellows have also obtained other national, competitive grants (AAN, LeDucq, AHA) and internal pilot awards from the Sergievsky Center, the Apgar Academy, and the Neurology Department.