Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Multiple Sclerosis

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) fellowship at Northwestern is a one to two year subspecialty training program. During this time, the fellow will gain clinical expertise in the comprehensive care of patients with MS and other related central nervous system (CNS) demyelinating/inflammatory diseases.


There are various educational experiences for the fellow. These include a monthly journal club and monthly case presentation of interesting demyelinating cases. There are also monthly didactic conferences for residents covering various topics on MS. The fellow will attend as well as give some of these lectures.

The fellow will develop the skills to educate not only their patients, but also residents and medical students. Fellows greatly contribute to the resident and medical student education while they are in the MS clinic or seeing cases in the hospital.


A focus on clinical trials will be part of the fellowship as the MS program at Northwestern participates in many studies. The opportunity to take classes in statistics and epidemiology is available through Northwestern University. These provide background information for clinical trial design and implementation. During the fellowship, the fellow is expected to develop a research project to be presented at one of the national meetings including AAN and ACTRIMS.

Clinical Experience

Throughout the fellowship, extensive opportunities exist for the fellow to care for many patients in all stages of MS, gaining broad expertise in the diagnosis and management of MS. The fellow will make decisions about treatment, including both disease and modifying agents, symptomatic, and rehabilitative therapies. Not only will the fellow see patients in clinic, but also have the opportunity to see interesting inpatient consultations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Fellows will gain experiences in the comprehensive approach to caring for individuals with MS by working with affiliated experts in neuro-ophthalmology, neuroradiology, neuro-otology, neuro-urology, neuropsychology, and neurologic rehabilitation. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is a renowned rehabilitation hospital offering both inpatient and outpatient services. The fellow will have an opportunity to spend time in the MS clinic at RIC to gain a unique experience with a physiatrist caring for patients with MS including the use of orthotics, physical and occupational therapeutics. Exposure to the pediatric demyelinating clinic at Lurie Children’s Hospital is also part of the fellowship.

Requirements & Eligibility

Candidates must have completed residency program in neurology or child neurology accredited in the United States or Canada.

Residents are selected for the MS 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 half of the eligible applicants are invited for personal interviews.

Application Process

We are accepting applications. Application packets should include the following:

Roumen Balabanov, MD

Roumen Balabanov, MD
Associate Professor in Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Contact Us

For more information, contact Erin van Bladel.

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