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Global Neurology Fellowship

The Global Neurology Fellowship at the Department of Neurology of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is a one-year subspecialty clinical program. The program is designed to provide global neurology and neuro-infectious diseases training to a PGY6 fellow who has completed our Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship or another post-graduate neurology fellowship program at Northwestern. 




The Global Neurology Fellowship is part of the post-graduate Fellowship in Global Health at Northwestern University’s Robert Havey Institute for Global Health. The fellowship is meant to provide a viable career track to post-graduate trainees at Northwestern by promoting innovative global neurology education and research. The fellow will spend at least 20 percent of their time on global health education programs and mentorship of junior medical trainees at the Institute for Global Health.



The global neurology fellow will be mentored in planning and conducting global neurology research by Dr. Koralnik and his collaborators at his Program for Global Neurology. Research projects may include clinical, translational, and basic science topics depending on the interests and abilities of the fellow. The fellow will also be able to participate in ongoing global neurology research projects in Africa and Latin America.

 Clinical Experience

The fellow will continue to develop skills in expert clinical patient care. The fellow will see patients in the Neurology Department's weekly Neuro-infectious Diseases Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Koralnik. These include patients affected by neurologic manifestations of long COVID, Lyme disease, HIV, syphilis, tuberculosis etc. as well as complex neurologic cases where an infectious etiology is suspected. In addition, the fellow will be responsible for fielding “cyberconsults” in neuro-infectious diseases that are sent from all over the world to Dr. Koralnik. The fellow will also participate to remote clinical Global Neurology activities of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Global Neurology and Infectious Diseases sections. Finally, the fellows who have completed the Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship can also see patients within the associated subspecialty clinics and see neuro-immunology consults in the hospital under supervision of Drs. Balabanov, Cohen, Grebenciucova or Graham for additional training in neuro-immunology.

 Zambia Global Neurology Elective

The fellow will have the unique opportunity to spend a one-month global neurology elective at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia. The UTH is a 1,600-bed tertiary referral facility affiliated with the University of Zambia School of Medicine. During this elective, the fellow will care for neurology patients on the ward and in consults, work in an outpatient clinic, instruct medical students, and aid in existing research under the direct supervision of current faculty. The fellow will experience a health system in resources limited setting and learn how to diagnose and care for neuro-infectious diseases uncommon in the US, including AIDS-defining illnesses such as cryptococcal meningitis, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, tuberculous meningitis, cerebral toxoplasmosis, as well as endemic diseases like African trypanosomiasis and malaria.


Candidates need to be enrolled in the Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship or a current post-graduate Neurology Fellowship program at Northwestern and must have completed at least one but no more than three years of post-graduate training by the proposed start date.

 How to Apply

Fellows currently enrolled in the Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship or another post-graduate Neurology Fellowship program at Northwestern should contact Dr. Koralnik directly at at least 6 months prior to the proposed start date.

 Why Northwestern?

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Fellow Perspective

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“The Global Neurology fellowship has given me the unique opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects in Nigeria, while initiating a new collaboration on neurologic manifestations of long COVID with colleagues in Medellin, Colombia, where I went to Medical School. In addition, it allowed me to get additional training in Neuro-infectious diseases and MS/Neuroimmunology subspecialties that proved to be very useful as an attending Neurologist. I was also able to participate in conferences and webinars about Global Health in general, which has broaden my knowledge about health care around the world”.

- Gina Perez-Giraldo, Class of 2023

Fellowship Presentations

Investigating Long Covid in Africa and South America with Gina Perez-Giraldo, MD

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Igor Koralnik, MD

Chief, Neuro-infectious Disease and Global Neurology

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Gorden Rhutasel

Fellowship Coordinator

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