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Recent Graduates

2020 Graduates

Onken                                      Shehzad

  Mitchell Onken, MD                                     Usman Shehzad, MD

  Neurohospitalist                                           Neurohospitalist

  Geisinger Medical Center                            Bayhealth Medical Center

2019 Graduates

Jaclyn E. Burch, M.D.

Jaclyn E. Burch, M.D​
Senior Instructor
Vascular Neurology
University of Rochester

Varun Pulakanti, M.D.

Varun Pulakanti, M.D.
Vascular Neurohospitalist
Geisinger Medical Center

Igor Titoff, D.O.

Igor Titoff, D.O.​
Vascular Neurology
University of Rochester

2018 Graduates

Gaurav Dighe

Gaurav Dighe, M.D.​
Mercy Clinic

Jorge Risco

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


2017 Graduates

Justin Chandler

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

Eugene Scharf

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


2016 Graduates

Ania Buzsa, M.D., Ph.D.

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

F. Robert Gil, M.D.

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

Anthony Noto, M.D.

Anthony Noto, M.D.​
Associate Neurohospitalist
Geisinger Medical Center

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."