A Welcome from the Chair

Robert G. Holloway, M.D., M.P.H.

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Welcome to the Department of Neurology of the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry! Rochester’s neurology department has a long tradition as one of the premier neurology training programs in the United States. First by Dr. Robert J. Joynt from 1966 - 1986 and then expanded between 1987 - 2007 by Dr. Robert C. Griggs and 2008 – 2012 by Dr. Steven A. Goldman, the neurology training programs are the heart and soul of this Department.  I know first hand, as I was a resident here from 1990 – 1993.  It may sound crazy, but those years were one of the most enjoyable years of my life.  The underlying reasons for this success still exist – and then some - which I share below. 

Outstanding Leadership. We are fortunate to have faculty who are simply passionate about teaching and education.  This starts first and foremost with our Residency Program Director, Ralph Jozefowicz.  His command of teaching neurology is unparalleled and his enthusiasm infectious.  His lectures are legendary and his commitment to the professional development of those being trained in neurology unmatched.   You have to see it to believe it and I know legions of graduating residents would easily attest to these statements.

Opportunities for Everyone.  Whether your goal is to become an independent clinician-scientist curing our nation’s gravest illnesses, a master clinician treating and comforting those who are afflicted, or the teacher and mentor training the next generation of future neurologists, we have the environment to create and personalize your professional development.  Our diversity is a sign and source of our strength, as our Department consistently ranks at the top nationally in NIH funding and has world-class clinical programs in nearly every subspecialty. 

Mentors in all Fields for all Careers.  Our faculty of over 140 (94 full-time, 37 in other departments with secondary appointments, and 17 at other institutions with adjunct appointments) share in the vision of education and training and that our success is your success.  Each year several of our faculty win various teaching and mentoring awards as a sign of this commitment.  Whether they are clinical mentors in a subspecialty area of interest to you, research mentors in guiding your thinking and pathway forward, or work-life mentors when trying to strike that right balance, faculty are available and willing to help and create your individualized career plan.  In fact, we have an established mentoring program that will be part of your training.

Collegial Culture.   The intangibles of collegiality, commitment, mentorship and inclusiveness are part of the Rochester tradition.  It all started from Dr Robert Joynt’s amazing intellect, kindness and humor.  His many sayings and “Joyntisms” are well known and one of my favorites is “You can’t always be right, but you can always be kind.”  This simple phrase speaks to the human and humble side of the work that we do, and work that we do together in accomplishing our goals. This spirit of collegiality builds and sustains a culture wherein the success and happiness of everyone remains of paramount importance.

So welcome to our Department.  We look forward to your learning about us and our learning about you.  We have much to accomplish to “Learn, Discover, Heal, Create- and Make the World Ever Better” (our university mission) and we hope that you will consider joining us on this exciting journey.

To learn more information about our department clinical and research programs, please see our Department of Neurology Website.

Robert G. Holloway, MD, MPH