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Vascular Neurology Fellowship

We provide a one or two-year vascular neurology fellowship, both fostering the development of leaders in stroke field, be it in research, education, administration, quality improvement, and/or community outreach.

The two-year fellowship focuses on the career-development of the clinician-scientist, who will dedicate their career to investigating the pathophysiology and epidemiology of cerebrovascular disease and the application of this knowledge to therapeutic advances.

We cover the entire spectrum of stroke clinical trials and clinical research, from acute stroke and brain hemorrhage to stroke recovery and stroke prevention. We have a rich history of fellows developing their own research projects and testing new therapies for stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage.

Vascular Neurology Fellowship Overview

  • The 1-year Vascular Neurology Fellowship
    • ACGME-Accredited

    • Rotations on:

      • Inpatient stroke service
      • Inpatient and emergency department consult services
      • Neuro-ICU
      • Stroke Prevention clinic
      • Telestroke
      • Neurosonology
      • Neuroendovascular therapy
      • Research
      • Elective opportunities in neuro-rehabilitation, stroke prevention, and advanced neuroimaging
  • The 2-year Vascular Neurology Fellowship
    • Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) is seeking applicants for their T32 Vascular Neurology Fellowship. This 2-year clinician research track will provide the opportunity to work alongside premier leaders in the stroke field. It includes a 1-year ACGME-accredited vascular neurology fellowship with a 2nd year focus on:

      • Hands-on learning and training opportunities
      • Prepare for grant writing and submission
      • Mentorship and support to promote project development and publications
      • Position yourself to become a competitive candidate for grants and academic careers
      • Career development focus on fostering skills needed for a career as a scientist
      • Core clinical rotations to upkeep skills
      • Time for elective opportunities

      Led by PI, Dr. Sean Savitz, this 2-year Fellowship opportunity is sought after nationwide.

    For questions and to apply, email Crystal Carpenter at

  • The Stroke Prevention Fellowship

    The one-year Stroke Prevention fellowship is directed by Dr. Anjail Sharrief. Details for this fellowship opportunity can be found here.

  • Integrated Vascular Neurology and Neuroendovascular Surgery Program

    For fellows who desire to pursue a clinical research career in Stroke and Neuroendovascular Surgery, we offer an integrated program consisting of Vascular Neurology followed by NeuroEndovascular Surgery Fellowships at McGovern Medical School. Please contact the co-directors below for more information.

  • The Pediatric Stroke Fellowship
    • Encompasses the 1-year ACGME Vascular Neurology Fellowship requirements necessary to sit for Vascular Neurology boards
    • Additional rotations available in pediatric hematology, cardiology, rehabilitation, and ICU
    • Fellows will have their own Pediatric Stroke Continuity Clinic 
    • For more information please contact the Pediatric Stroke Fellowship Director Stuart Fraser, MD at

Program Highlights

  • 30-year history of training leaders in the stroke field
  • Largest stroke training program in the country with 8-9 fellows per year, providing care to stroke patients in the most ethnically diverse city in the US
  • Long track record of fellows conducting cutting edge research on new therapeutic approaches for stroke
  • Opportunities to attend the annual meetings such as  the AHA/ASA International Stroke Conference, the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, the European Stroke Organization and World Stroke Organization international conference, and others.
  • Weekly Neurovascular conference and a separate Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery conference
  • Stroke Specific Career Development Series that includes lectures on grant writing, and opportunities to pursue coursework for a Masters in Clinical Research
  • Three different Journal Clubs on (1)the latest clinical stroke studies; (2)randomized clinical trials that have changed the practice of stroke medicine and (3)translational animal studies of new therapeutic approaches for stroke and brain hemorrhage
  • Opportunities to pursue specialized research in basic science, drug and cell-based therapy development, comparative effectiveness, population health, health services, quality science, health care implementation, biomarkers, and personalized medicine
  • Outpatient clinic located on-site focused on providing multidisciplinary care to stroke survivors: secondary prevention and reducing stroke associated complications such as depression, sleep disturbances, and cognitive impairment
  • Specialized clinics for stroke patients with specific cardiac conditions - ESUS work-up, PFO, Watchman, etc.
  • Hands-on and comprehensive training on remote consultation within one of the largest academic telestroke networks in the country
  • Access to Stroke Institute resources such as biorepository and imaging cores, statistical support for analyses, and expertise in clinical trial design, as well as access to variety of unique stroke population level databases in Houston and Texas and access to state and national administrative datasets
  • The first Mobile Stroke Unit in the United States

UTHealth Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program - Dr. Sunil Sheth

Neurointerventionalist Dr. Sunil Sheth, and Stroke Institute Neuroimaging Director, talks about the great training program we offer at UTHealth Houston. For details, please visit our site at

Video shot by UTHealth Houston Neurology Residents

Requirements and Eligibility

To apply for the 1-year 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. Prior to entering 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 prior to fellowship.

Additional requirements for the 2-year fellowship include a full Texas license prior to the second year, and US Citizenship or permanent resident status, due to funding source.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from October 1st through March 31st,through the NRMP match

Please contact Crystal Carpenter, our Program Coordinator at if you need additional information on our fellowship program.

Program Graduates

Our graduates have taken positions across the country and internationally, directing their own stroke programs, leading stroke centers, building tele-stroke services, and conducting research. Read more about our Notable Graduates here.

People to Watch:

During fellowship, fellows of the graduating class of 2020 have published in Stroke, Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, Case Reports in Neurology, JAMA Neurology, and Frontiers in Neurology, and have presented at meetings for organizations such including AHA/ASA, SVIN, and AAN.

Main Clinical Facility

UTHealth is part of the Texas Medical Center which is the largest medical complex in the world. We partner with the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System which has extensive clinical resources. Our fellows work at the flagship university hospital, Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center— the first joint commission certified comprehensive stroke center in Texas.

The inpatient stroke service at the Texas Medical Center campus 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 stroke fellow, and 2-3 neurology residents.

  • 12 bed dedicated Stroke Unit, 32 bed Neurology-Neurosurgery ICU with a separate cerebrovascular neurocritical care service, 8 bed Neuro Intermediate Care Unit, and 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 CT/CTA/CTP in the ED, plus 4 MRI scanners adjacent to the ED. RAPID software is immediately operational for CTP.
  • Two angiography suites with endovascular capability, and state of the art carotid and trans-cranial Doppler ultrasound, all available 24 hours per day. Fellows will also spend time at Memorial Hermann – Memorial city for one-on-one educational experience in a community setting with Neuroendovascular Surgery faculty.
  • In-patient neuro-rehabilitation floor adjacent to the stroke unit that is part of TIRR Rehabilitation, the #2 ranked Rehab Hospital in the US
  • Outpatient clinics are staffed by stroke faculty and residents in the U.T. Professional Building across the street from the Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center and medical school (connected by a pedestrian bridge).
  • Serves as a telestroke hub to UT Teleneurology, one of the largest telestroke networks in Texas