The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurological Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine welcomes your interest in our neurology residency program. This is an exciting time to consider a career in neurology. The last 10 years have been marked by remarkable advances in basic neurosciences leading to the development of therapeutic interventions for neurological conditions that in the past were thought to be incurable.
The goal of our department is to train capable and caring neurologists who will be able to pursue a career in clinical or basic science neurology in the 21st century. Neurology at Northwestern has a rich tradition of excellence in clinical care, research, and education. Under the leadership of Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD, a world renowned expert in rare neurodegenerative diseases, our department remains committed to training the next generation of neurologists by providing broad expertise in all subspecialty areas of neurology and being at the forefront of the neurosciences. We are proud to be ranked 10th among the top institutions nationally in neurology and neurosurgery by US News and World Report and 8th in the NIH ranking.
The department is organized into divisions that represent every subspecialty in neurology. Each division has a clinical and research core in its structure. The following programs as well as others assure that residents get solid training in all subspecialty areas of neurology:
- The Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine one of the largest in the country, is the leader in research in neurogenetics of motor neuron diseases. Residents participate in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and neuromuscular clinics and may participate in basic science and clinical research projects.
- Our Inpatient Stroke Center provides an environment for training in the latest therapeutic approaches for cerebrovascular diseases. We are also part of the NIH Stroke Trials Network (StrokeNet) and Northwestern is the regional coordinating center for the Chicago StrokeNet.
- The 24 bed Neurological Critical Care Units at our affiliated care sites are staffed by fellowship trained critical care neurologists functions as a multidisciplinary program that includes neurology, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology trainees.
- The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has an active clinic for complicated seizure patients and an inpatient monitoring unit, as well as a busy surgical program.
- The Sleep Disorders Center, part of the newly established Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine, recently expanded to 16 beds, conducts 1,200 sleep studies a year and is the world leader in circadian rhythm disorders.
- The NIA funded Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center has an active memory disorders clinic; the focus of research is brain mapping and functional neuroimaging.
- The Multiple Sclerosis Center cares for a large number of patients while conducting clinical research.
- The focus of interest of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Centers is experimental therapeutics and surgical management. The center has an extensive clinical research portfolio.
- The Neuro-Oncology Center, part of the multidisciplinary Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, is the busiest program in the city.
- The Women’s Neurology Center is a multidisciplinary center including specialists in stroke, migraine, epilepsy, sleep and multiple sclerosis who focus specifically on how neurologic disease affects women differently than men, including a special emphasis on pregnancy and menopause.
Residency is structured to provide a balance between vigorous clinical training during the junior year and to allow substantial flexibility to pursue future career interests in clinical neurology, education, clinical or basic science research during the senior years. The choice of electives can be tailored to the individual career interests of the residents.
The department is well structured and prepared to train both research and clinical neurologists upholding everyone to the highest standards of knowledge. While we recognize the diversity of career paths, we believe that training in clinical research is an important part of the residency curriculum.
- Our department is a recipient of the R25 NINDS grant for research education programs for the residents which allows interested and qualified trainees to start research training during the last year of residency and provides a year of funded research fellowship post residency
- All residents participate in the AAN sponsored Evidence Based Medicine Curriculum
- Our department is one of the 25 NINDS funded centers that participate in the Network of excellence in Neuroscience clinical trials (NeuroNEXT consortium)
The philosophy of the department is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment while holding high expectations from the trainees. Applicants are expected to bring a genuine interest in the field, the energy and enthusiasm to maximize opportunities for acquiring clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue their own personal development. The department upholds the highest standards of clinical expertise, founded in genuine respect and compassion for patients. This same respect for the welfare of patients dictates an educational system involving graded responsibility in which residents assume increasing roles in patient care consistent with their increasing abilities.
Roneil Malkani, MD
Assistant Professor in Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department
We welcome your interest in our program. Learn more about the application process.