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Current Fellows 

Jaclyn BurchJaclyn Burch, M.D.
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Neurology Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Jaclyn Burch is a PGY-5 Fellow in Vascular Neurology. She was born and raised on a fruit farm in Hilton, just outside of Rochester, NY. She completed residency in neurology at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center where she served as chief resident in her final year. She was awarded the first annual John J. Caronna award for excellence in clinical neurology upon graduating. Before this, she attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and awarded the Glasgow-Rubin Achievement award, awarded to the medical student graduating first in her class. She completed her undergraduate studies at Colgate University, graduating summa cum laude with high honors in behavioral neuroscience and where she also served as captain of her NCAA division I soccer team. In her free time, she enjoys camping and hiking, reading, baking (especially fruit-based dishes), and playing soccer.

Varun PulankantiVarun Chandra Reddy Pulakanti, M.D.
Hometown: California
Medical School: St. George's University
Neurology Residency: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

Igor TipoffIgor Titoff, D.O.
Hometown: Sovetsk, Russia
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Neurology Residency: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

Igor B. Títoff is a PGY-5 Fellow in Vascular Neurology. He attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine after obtaining his law degree at Kaliningrad State University, Russia, practicing international adoptions and charitable projects, professional photography and business, and finally taking undergraduate pre-med science from Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Originally from Western Russia, Igor enjoys art, history, philosophy, literature, international cinema, biking, and travel. Clinically, his interests include academic vascular neurology and neuroimaging.

2018 Graduates 

Gaurav DigheGaurav Dighe, M.D.
Mercy Clinic

Jorge RiscoJorge Risco, M.D.
Senior Instructor
Vascular Neurology
University of Rochester

2017 Graduates 

Justin ChandlerJustin Chandler, M.D.
Neurovascular Neurohospitalist
Centerpoint Medical Center

Eugene ScharfEugene Scharf, M.D.
Senior Assistant Consultant
Mayo Clinic

2016 Graduates 

Ania BuzsaAnia Buzsa, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Vascular Neurology
University of Rochester

F. Robert GilF. Robert Gil, M.D.
Clinician Educator
Northshore University Health System

Anthony NotoAnthony Noto, M.D.
Associate Neurohospitalist
Geisinger Health System

Quotes from our graduating fellows: 

"There is not a more supportive environment for stroke fellowship training in the nation. The Department Chair, the Division Chief, and especially the Fellowship Director each deserve to be recognized specifically for their remarkable dedication to education."

"The University of Rochester offers a very well structured and organized fellowship program with multiple learning opportunities. A significant amount of supervised independence is offered in running the acute stroke service and staffing evening and night float consults by phone with the residents. These experiences provide the best opportunities to develop the skills necessary for acute medical decision-making demanded by the specialty."

"The stroke fellows journal club was one of the best educational opportunities. The Friday neurovascular case conference provided a great platform for discussing our most challenging cases. All the didactics were very helpful for learning."

"I was able to take a project from the idea phase through the IRB phase and enroll a patient. It was a great experience and I am really thankful for the mentorship and support of the Department. I also enjoyed participating in the multicenter trials and understanding how they work."

"The program director made a heroic effort to teach and arrange extra educational opportunities. I really enjoyed the format and depth of the stroke fellows journal club. We covered many important topics. I also enjoyed the hot scan of the week cases, which were always challenging and fun to complete."