Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Neurocritical Care Fellowship

Our UCNS-accredited Neurocritical Care fellowship program accepts two fellows for a two-year training commitment. 

Education

Neurocritical Care fellows train in close collaboration with fellows from the anesthesia and surgical critical care fellowship programs thanks to a unique, interdepartmental didactic program. In addition, fellows from our world-class pulmonary-medical critical care and cardiology programs join for regular critical care journal clubs and other lectures. Fellows from one of the nation’s only pediatric neurocritical care fellowship program, based at the affiliated Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, rotate for a month on the adult neuro-ICU service and participate in joint didactics as well.

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Research

This fellowship program has a particular focus on preparing trainees for academic careers by providing unique exposure to clinical research, supervision and formal teaching of medical students and residents, and career mentorship. Division faculty are actively engaged in research, regularly publishing in high-impact journals, and lecturing both locally and at major conferences on neurology and critical care topics. Within the last few years our research has been accepted for publication in Neurology, Stroke, Annals of Neurology, JNNP, AJRCCM, Critical Care, J Critical Care, Neurocritical Care, and other top journals. Aside from the division core faculty, affiliated faculty from anesthesia critical care, surgical critical care, vascular neurology, epilepsy, neuroradiology and neurosurgery regularly contribute to our educational and research efforts. There is ample opportunity for NCC fellows to develop their CVs in anticipation of securing faculty positions upon completion of the program. All three of the fellows currently in our group have abstracts accepted to national conferences and first-authored research manuscripts submitted to major journals.

Clinical Experience

The fellowship is based in a dedicated 23-bed neuroscience-spine intensive care unit (NSICU) that receives admissions from neurology, neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, trauma surgery and orthopedics-spine. NMH is one of four (and the only university-affiliated) Level 1 trauma centers in the city of Chicago, so the NSICU receives a sizeable volume of penetrating and non-penetrating brain and spine injuries. Critical care management is provided by two teams headed by UCNS-NCC boarded anesthesiology and neurology intensivists, with regular rotation of attendings, fellows, and residents from neurology and anesthesiology to ensure a broad exposure on multidisciplinary teams. The neurology intensivist led team also serves as the primary team to neurology admissions, in addition to their general critical care duties. Other core rotations include surgical ICU, medical ICU, and inpatient stroke service. A myriad of other elective opportunities are available, including cardiology and echocardiography, OR-based anesthesia/airway management, inpatient epilepsy/neuromonitoring, interventional pulmonology, etc.

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Requirements & Eligibility

Candidates must have completed an ACGME or RCPSC accredited program in the United States or Canada in one of the residency programs acceptable per UCNS program requirements: neurology, neurological surgery, internal medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, child neurology, or emergency medicine; and must be board certified or eligible for board certification in their primary specialty at the time they would commence neurocritical care fellowship training.

According to newly approved UNCS program requirements, the duration of fellowship training may be shortened for some applicants with prior ACGME training in critical care or neurosurgery. Our program can accommodate such arrangements.

Please note: we are unable to consider any applicant who does not meet the UCNS eligibility criteria.

Candidates are selected for the neurocritical care fellowship from eligible applicants based upon their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities. No discrimination is made based upon sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Approximately one-third of the eligible applicants are invited for personal interviews.

Application Process

We participate in the electronic San Francisco match service and all candidates must register with the SF Match in order to submit a rank list.  We request that interested candidates submit applications by January 1st for the match that occurs in June. Interviews are typically held between February and April.

Applicants should submit:

Andrew Naidech, MD
Andrew Naidech, MD, MSPH
Program Director

Current Fellows

Alan Long, MD
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Neurological Surgery
Residency: Loma Linda Univeristy, Neurology

Stephen Trevick, MD
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago, Neurological Surgery
Residency: New York University, Neurology/Psychiatry

Dionne Swor, DO
Medical School: Touro College - New York, New York
Residency: University of California - Davis, Neurology

Core Faculty

Edward Manno, MD
Farzaneh Sorond, MD, PhD
Matthew Maas, MD
Eric Liotta, MD
Minjee Kim, MD
Ayush Batra, MD

Contact Us

Erin van Bladel
Neurology Fellowship Coordinator
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine, Abbott Hall
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Room 1105
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-503-2849
Fax: 312-908-5073 

Housestaff Research Portal

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