Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Vascular Neurology – Clinical

The McGaw Medical Center offers a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship in Vascular Neurology. Fellows are predominantly trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and are eligible for the Subspecialty of Vascular Neurology (ABPN) examinations.

The overall goal of our fellowship is to ensure that fellows are well trained in all relevant areas of vascular neurology. These include, but are not limited to, the acute diagnosis and treatment of patients with all types of stroke, the primary and secondary prevention of stroke, and post-stroke recovery.


The vascular neurology fellow will participate in the multidisciplinary care of patients with cerebrovascular disease, acquire detailed knowledge of cerebrovascular disease, and manage patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting, including stroke units and critical care units. As part of the training, the vascular neurology fellow will gain expertise in other areas including basic science, epidemiology, clinical neurology, neuroimaging, neurocritical care, endovascular neuroradiology, neurosurgery, neurosonology, neurobehavior, and rehabilitation.

Curriculum includes:

In addition, fellows participate in weekly conferences in vascular neurology, vascular neurosurgery, and neurocritical care, as well as Grand Rounds. Journal club occurs once monthly and didactic lectures covering the range of stroke topics occur weekly.


Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing clinical research or to initiate new projects. The goal will be to see this project through to presentation at one or more national meetings as well as publication in a peer reviewed journal. In addition to databases from investigator-initiated and funded projects at Northwestern, the following databases can form the basis of fellow research projects:

  1. Northwestern ischemic stroke and TIA registry: a complete clinical, laboratory, and radiographic database of presentation, hospital treatments and complications, discharge outcomes, and disability and quality of life at one, three, and 12 months after ischemic stroke and TIA

  2. Northwestern hemorrhagic stroke registry: a complete clinical, laboratory, and radiographic database of presentation, hospital treatments and complications, discharge outcomes, and disability and quality of life at one, three, and 12 months following ICH and SAH

  3. Nationwide inpatient sample (NIS) registry (1989-current): a large (20 percent) sample of all hospitalizations in the United States inclusive of demographics, admission type, discharge diagnosis and hospital procedure codes, costs, and discharge outcomes

  4. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke registry: a large national stroke registry of over 1,000,000 stroke hospitalization records inclusive of clinical, laboratory, and radiographic data, hospital treatments and complications, discharge outcomes. Interested fellows may submit proposals for analysis.

Clinical Experience

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a certified Primary Stroke Center and is the highest ranked hospital in the Chicago metropolitan area. The Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery are ranked 7th in the nation.

The breadth of cases presenting to Northwestern span a wide spectrum of cerebrovascular disease from acute ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid and intracranial stenosis, and intersect with complex conditions such as atrial fibrillation, cardiovascular surgery, malignancy, hematologic disorders, and inherited or genetic rare disorders. There are over 800 stroke and related conditions treated per year at NMH and over 1,500 outpatient visits for stroke in the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation (NMFF) stroke clinic. These clinical opportunities provide ample exposure to vascular neurology over a one year training program.

Requirements & Eligibility

Applicants must be board certified or board eligible in Neurology, Neurosurgery or Endovascular surgery related to cerebrovascular disease and must demonstrate interest in pursuing a career in Vascular Neurology.

Residents are selected for the VN 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 have two available positions for 2018-2019. The program participates in the AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and will begin accepting applications on November 15, 2016.

The Division of Cerebrovascular Disorders offers an additional NIH-funded research fellowship in Stroke Outcomes.

Required documents include:

Interviews will consist of meeting with our faculty and key stroke team members. Specific requests may be made for select candidates interested in pursuing specific research careers. Interviewers rate each applicant independently.

A stroke faculty meeting is held after interviews at which time applicant ratings are reviewed. Decisions regarding appointments to the fellowship are then made by consensus.

Shyam Prabhakaran, MD
Shyam Prabhakaran, MD
Associate Professor in Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Current Fellow

Chen Lin, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Residency: Duke University
Fellowship: Northwestern University

Philip Chang, MD
Medical School: Northwestern University
Residency: Northwestern University

Contact Us

Erin van Bladel
Neurology Fellowship Coordinator
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine, Abbott Hall
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Room 1422
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-503-2849
Fax: 312-908-5073

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.