Multiple Sclerosis

The Columbia University Multiple Sclerosis Center is pleased to announce the availability of a two-year Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship beginning in July of 2019.  Our clinical fellows will become expert in the diagnosis and clinical care of patients with MS and other autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system.  They will participate extensively in clinical MS research, and will graduate prepared to be leaders in the field of MS.  Due to the richness and depth of our program, the fellowship has the capacity to be tailored to the interest of the individual fellow. We note that research-focused fellowships are also available; they have a 20% clinical component and are evaluated separately.

Who We Are

The Columbia University Multiple Sclerosis Center is the fastest growing MS Center in New York City.   Located in the world renowned Neurological Institute of New York on the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center campus, our center serves as a referral center for diverse and complex patients throughout the region.  We strive to provide expert, cutting-edge, and compassionate care to each patient.  Our division consists of five clinical neurologists with expertise in MS, including two pediatric MS specialists, as well as a nurse practitioner, infusion nurse, social worker, neuropsychologist, and research coordinators.  We participate in numerous clinical trials including phase II and III trials of disease modifying therapies, as well as numerous investigator initiated projects.  In conjunction with the Center for Translational and Computational Neuroimmunology which is directed by Dr. Philip De Jager, our clinical care center is closely affiliated with leading scientists in the fields of human immunology, genetics and systems biology as they pertain to health, aging, and neurodegenerative disease.

Clinical Care

Fellows will help participate in the initial workup and ongoing care of MS patients and gain expertise in the diagnosis, disease management, and other autoimmune conditions of the central nervous system.  Over the course of two years, fellows will serve as the initial point of contact for patients and will gain increasing independence in terms of patient management.  They will learn to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of available MS disease modifying therapies, including choice of agent and monitoring requirements.  Fellows will also gain exposure to related fields, including neuro-ophthalmology, neuroradiology, urology, neuropsychology, and rehabilitation medicine, and have the opportunity to spend time with Columbia faculty in these fields.

Clinical Research

Our research mission is closely intertwined with our clinical mission and many of our patients participate in clinical trials and/or registries.  Our fellows will be trained to administer standardized MS assessments, including the Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale and Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite, and will serve as independent raters in clinical trials.  Fellows will also conduct an independent research project of their choosing, with the active mentorship of a faculty member.  Early in their training - whenever possible, even prior to beginning fellowship - fellows will work with their research mentor to develop a suitable project.  Fellows will have access to resources such as research coordinators and statisticians and will have the opportunity to collaborate with basic and translational scientists in our immunology and computational laboratories. 


Fellows will have the opportunity to teach neurology residents and medical students in the MS clinic and the hospital wards, and to share their passion for treating MS patients with the next generation of physicians.

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants will have completed an approved neurology residency and be eligible for licensure in the State of New York.  Applicants will apply by submitting a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. 

  • Applications will be evaluated and interviews will be granted on a rolling basis, as applications are completed

  • Applications for 2020 will be accepted until December 14th, 2018

  • Applications for 2021 will be accepted until December 13th, 2019

Interested applicants may contact:

Claire S. Riley, MD
Clinical Director
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Multiple Sclerosis Center 

Rebecca Straus Farber, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Multiple Sclerosis Center
710 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-305-6876
Fax: 212-305-4268