Stroke Prevention Fellowship

The one year Stroke Prevention fellowship is directed by Dr. Anjail Sharrief. The fellowship program focuses on giving physicians exposure and training in primary and secondary stroke prevention through risk factor management and stroke complication management. Fellows will be trained to provide patient-care and comprehensive preventive care.

Stroke Prevention Fellowship Overview

The stroke prevention fellowship is designed to give physicians who have completed neurology, internal medicine, or family medicine specialized and multidisciplinary training in aspects of primary, secondary, and tertiary stroke prevention. The fellowship will focus on management of important stroke risk factors including hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and obstructive sleep apnea as well as evaluation and management of depression, cognitive impairment, and other stroke complications. The fellowship faculty will include vascular neurologists, cardiologist, neuropsychologists, geriatricians, and other experts from other disciplines important to the care of stroke patients.

Program Highlights

  • The program accepts 1-2 fellows per year
  • Approximately 50% of the fellowship will be spent working in the established stroke prevention clinic
  • The clinic’s referral source is our Comprehensive Stroke Center which serves a diverse patient population and through which more than 1800 stroke patients are treated each year
  • Fellows will rotate through Cardiology, Internal Medicine (Geriatrics), Radiology, and Endocrinology
  • Weekly Neuroradiology and Neurovascular conferences
  • A range of Journal Clubs on clinical stroke studies and translational animal studies of new therapeutic approaches
  • Opportunities to pursue basic science research

Program Culture

UTHealth is part of the Texas Medical Center 

which is the largest medical complex in the world. We partner with Memorial Hermann Hospital, the only joint commission certified comprehensive stroke center and which has extensive clinical resources.

The stroke service is a standalone service that cares for all stroke patients in the hospital (average daily census 15-20, average daily admissions 3-4), staffed at all times by one attending, one vascular neurology resident, two or three neurology residents, and one family practice resident on a rotating basis.

  • 12 bed dedicated Stroke Unit.
  • Dedicated 32 bed Neurology-Neurosurgery ICU
  • 8 bed Intermediate Care Unit
  • Dedicated Neurology general floor
  • The hospital Emergency Department (ED) is one of the city's two level one trauma centers and almost 10-20% of all stroke patients in the city of Houston are seen in the Hermann ED
    State of the art neuroimaging facilities including spiral CT in the ED, plus 4 MRI scanners adjacent to the ED
  • Two angiography suites with endovascular capability, and state of the art carotid and trans-cranial Doppler ultrasound, all available 24 hours per day.
  • In-patient neuro-rehabilitation floor adjacent to the stroke unit
  • The Stroke Unit is the center of the in-patient activities and includes a PACS unit for remote viewing of all radiological studies, and computerized access for all laboratory values.
  • Outpatient clinics are staffed by the vascular neurology faculty and residents in the U.T. Professional Building across the street from the hospital and medical school (connected by a pedestrian bridge). It includes an outpatient rehabilitation facility.

Strong emphasis on patient care, research, and team structure.

Requirements and Eligibility

To apply for the fellowship, the applicant must be eligible for and possess a Texas Medical License or Physician in Training Permit on the start date of the fellowship. ;Applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited program in neurology, child neurology, neurodevelopment disabilities or a similar program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have successfully passed USMLE Step 3.

Application Process

Fellowship applicants will submit a CV, letter of interest, and a letter of recommendation for participation in fellowship. There will be an in person interview with the fellowship program director and faculty. Fellows will be selected after application review by program director and faculty.

Please contact Dr. Sharrief if you need additional information on our fellowship program.

Stroke Prevention Fellowship Committee

Anjail Sharrief, MD MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Director of Stroke Prevention, Institute of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program