Welcome from Program Director

Thank you for your interest in Child Neurology residency training at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester. The University of Rochester Medical Center has a long tradition of excellence in education, patient care, and research. More than 80 years ago, well- known educator Abraham Flexner’s revolutionary report, Medical Education in the United States and Canada, proposed a vision of university-based medical education that would support the powerful interaction of three distinct but interrelated missions: scientific inquiry, learning, and patient care. When he looked to establish a medical school based on his philosophy in New York, Flexner told then University President Rush Rhees that the University of Rochester presented an ideal place for “a medical school of the highest order.” Leadership in medical education and research remains a hallmark of the University today.

The University of Rochester, Department of Neurology has a long prestigious tradition as a top institution for neurological care and education. The department currently has 95 full-time faculty, as well as 17 voluntary and 11 adjunct faculty. In 2011, extramural research support totaled $31.3 million, and the department has consistently ranked within the top 6 nationally in NIH research funding.

The Division of Child Neurology was officially established in 1968 wit the recruitment of Dr. Frederick Horner, the first board-certified child neurologist to work at the University of Rochester. Dr. Horner was appointed chief of the new Division of Child Neurology, then part of the Department of Pediatrics. In the past 15 years, the Child Neurology Division has undergone substantial expansion. The Child Neurology Residency program has quickly risen to become one of the top programs in the country. The division includes 13 primary faculty with diverse clinical and research interests. We average over 5000 outpatient visits per year with patients referred from all areas of upstate and western New York, including Buffalo and Syracuse. In the past year, patients have come from as far as California, Texas, Florida, and Canada for consultation. We average over 300 inpatient consultations each year and admit an additional 100-150 patients. The Pediatric Neurology Service covers 72 pediatric beds, 22 pediatric intensive care unit beds, and 52 neonatal intensive care unit bassinets. Most excitingly, the URMC is building a new dedicated children’s hospital adjacent to Strong Memorial Hospital. It will include a new, 60-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), pediatric imaging, increased private pediatric beds, and a new pediatric intensive care unit. This new children’s hospital is set to be completed by 2015.

The program emphasizes excellence in clinical neurology and has produced academic neurologists, practitioners of neurology, researchers, and teachers. The primary goal of the training program is to provide excellent clinical training in the practice of neurology. Important secondary goals are to give the residents ample opportunities to take part in clinical research, and to provide a sound fund of knowledge in the neurosciences that could be used to develop an investigative career. To best achieve this goal, we support the notion of a flexible residency such that residents can choose different paths towards the end of their training based on their future career plans.

Program Director




Robert I. Thompson-Stone, M.D., Program Director








Jonathn W. Mink, Associate Program Director




Jonathan W. Mink, M.D., PhD, Associate Program Director