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The one or two-year Vascular Neurology fellowship is directed by Dr. Amrou Sarraj. The fellowship program focuses on the development of the clinician scientist who will dedicate their careers to investigating the pathophysiology and epidemiology of cerebrovascular disease and the application of this knowledge to therapeutic advances.
The University of Texas Medical School in Houston (UTHealth) offers both one and two year fellowships and has a total of 7 fellows. Our fellowship seeks to develop neurologists to become clinician-scientists in cerebrovascular disease. We stress first rate training in clinical stroke care and conducting rigorously designed research. The first year is ACGME accredited and has the following rotations: the stroke inpatient service, stroke consults and triage in the emergency department, neurosonology, neuro-ICU, neuroradiology, neuro-rehab, and research. In the second year, fellows rotate on the inpatient and consult services and participate in telemedicine. The rest of the second year is devoted to conducting research and focusing on developing a specific research niche which will position fellows to become competitive candidates for grants and academic careers.
We cover the entire spectrum of stroke clinical trials, and have a rich history of testing new therapies for acute ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage. In addition, our stroke program director, Dr. Savitz, has been building a large stroke recovery program testing stem cell therapies.
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.
Strong emphasis on patient care, research, and team structure.
Our stroke fellowship is one of the oldest in the country where the trainees are the backbone of the entire stroke program.
Our graduates are the leaders in the field of vascular neurology. Graduates include:
Lewis Morgenstern, MD
Director, Stroke Program
University of Michigan
Sheryl Martin-Schild, MD
Director, Stroke Program
Scott Kasner, MD
Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center Hospital
University of Pennsylvania
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.
Applications will be accepted from December 1 through March 1. All available positions will be offered through the NRMP match.
Please contact Dr. Sarraj if you need additional information on our fellowship program.
Amrou Sarraj, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program