Vascular Neurology

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Welcome to the Fellowship Training Program in Vascular Neurology.

Our Program

The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Irving Medical Center offers a one-to-two year training program in Vascular Neurology. The first year is an ACGME certified fellowship meeting the requirements for the ABPN Vascular Neurology Board Certification. An additional 1 year of post-doctoral research training is available through the Stroke Trials Network which includes the option for formal classwork in patient oriented research. Prospective fellows can expect to spend a substantial part of their first year of training in clinical duties to meet the ACGME requirements. The inpatient portion takes place at the Milstein Hospital, the main teaching hospital of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. The facilities include 2 floors dedicated to neurology, a 4-bed Stroke Unit, 10 step down level beds, and an 18-bed Neuro-ICU, nursing staff with experience in stroke, 2 Nurse Practitioners and 24-hour house-staff support. Neuroradiology imaging with a 3Tesla MRI, and CT capable of whole brain perfusion scanning is present on the neurology floors, and the ICAVL-certified Neurosonology lab provides additional imaging. Clinical responsibilities include but are not limited to daily teaching rounds with one of the Vascular Neurology faculty and the post-call house-staff team, acute stroke page responsibilities, tele-medicine, and stroke consult service rounds. Vascular Neurology fellows also have shared call responsibilities with the neuro-ICU fellows allowing for a broad exposure in neurological emergencies and hemorrhagic strokes. There is a separate and dedicated Neuro-ICU experience with direct fellow responsibilities in the NICU, as well as neuro-sonology and rehabilitation medicine rotations. The fellow is expected to participate in presentations and discussions of the pathophysiology, neuroradiological and hemodynamic characteristics of different neurovascular conditions, evidence-based acute and long-term treatment modalities and neuro-rehabilitation.

Outpatient clinical portion consists of supervising the Stroke neurology resident clinic and the same day TIA Clinic as well as enjoying continuity of care in a private setting under the direct supervision of faculty. There are weekly Divisional clinical case conferences and monthly Research Updates presented by the faculty and house-staff as well as the weekly Grand Rounds hosted by the Department of Neurology.

In addition, the Department of Neurology has a rich network of academic clinicians involved in innovative and frontrunner research. As the prior recipient of the prestigious Specialized Programs of Translational Research in Acute Stroke (SPOTRIAS) grant and now the Stroke Trials Network as a Regional Coordinating Center from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Stroke division continues to excel in pioneering several locally run trials in stroke epidemiology, neuropharmacology, neuro-genetics, functional brain imaging, and neuro-rehabilitation. We are an active site in multiple local and multicenter multi-disciplinary clinical trials (eg, CREST-2, TIMELESS, MOST, Sleep-SMART, among others), and thanks to the team of experienced coordinators lead the country is most patients enrolled in several of these trials. Fellows are encouraged to play active roles in recruitment, data collection and follow-up, as well as develop original research projects under the mentorship of the Stroke Division Faculty.

Requirements and Eligibility

To apply for the fellowship, the applicant must be eligible for a New York State Medical License on the start date of the fellowship. Those applicants who have attended a non-US medical school must have completed at least one year of training in internal medicine in a GME-approved residency training program, and three years of residency training in Neurology. US citizens, green card holders, and J-1 visa holders are all eligible.


Applications occur via ERAS. Applications are reviewed by a diverse committee.


Joshua Z. Willey, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Neurology
710 West 168th street
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-305-8389

Ashley Chang
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Neurology
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Phone: 212-305-8551

Fellowship Faculty

Randolph Marshall, MD, MS
Elisabeth K. Harris Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center

JP Mohr, MD
Sciarra Professor of Neurology

Mitchell S.V. Elkind, MD, MS, MPhil
Chief, NeuroCORPS (Neurology Clinical Outcomes Research and Population Science)

Joshua Z. Willey, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Neurology

Eliza Miller, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology 

Olajide Williams, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology 

Jose Gutierrez-Contreras, MD, MPH
Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Neurology
IImama A. Naqvi, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology at CUMC

Dritan Agaliu PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology (in Neurology and Pharmacology)

Current Fellows

  • Neisha Patel MD
    • First year fellow: ACGME
    • Residency: North Shore LIJ
  • Kara Shetler MD
    • First year fellow: ACGME
    • Residency: Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Jennifer Harris MD 
    • Second year fellow: Stroke NET
    • First year fellowship: ACGME (2019 - 2020)
    • Residency: Beth-Israel Boston
  • Chinwe Ibeh MD
    • Second year fellow: Neuro-epidemiology
    • First year fellowship: ACGME and Neuro-epidemiology (2019 - 2020)
    • Residency: University of Washington

Recent Alumni

2018 - 2019

  • Daniela Zambrano, MD
    • Faculty at the University of Vermont
  • Jason Neal, MD, PhD
    • Faculty at Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas.

2017 - 2018

  • Neal Parikh, MD
    • NewYork Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical College
    • Faculty at NewYork Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Salehi Setareh Omran, MD
    • NewYork Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical College
    • Faculty at University of Colorado Denver

2016 - 2017

  • Charles Esenwa, MD
    • Adult Neurology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center
    • Neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center
  • Tim Lekic, MD
    • Loma Linda University Medical Center
    • Private Practice in telemedicine and hospitalist, Southern California
  • Eliza Miller, MD
    • Adult Neurology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center
    • Faculty Member at Columbia University Irving Medical Center

2015 - 2016

  • Abid Qureshi, MD
    • John Hopkins Hospital
    • Faculty Member at University of Kansas Medical Center

2014 - 2015

  • Sara Rostanski, MD
    • Adult Neurology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center
    • Faculty Member at NYU Bellevue

2013 - 2014

  • Ayesha Sherzai, MD
    • Loma Linda University Medical Center
    • Faculty Member at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

2012 - 2013

  • Sumiti Nayar, MD
    • Stony Brooke University Medical Center
    • McMaster University,Hamilton Ontario Canada
  • Marco Gonzalez Castellon, MD
    • Adult Neurology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center
    • Faculty Member at University of Nebraska Medical Center

2011 - 2012

  • Jose Gutierrez-Contreras, MD, MPH
    • Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami
    • Faculty Member at Columbia University Irving Medical Center