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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 Neurology has a long tradition as being one of the premier training programs in the world. First established by Dr. Robert J. Joynt in 1966, the neurology training programs have always been the heart and soul of the Department. I know first-hand, as I was a resident here from 1990 – 1993 and those years were one of the most enjoyable years of my life.  The reasons for this success still exist.

Outstanding Leadership

We have faculty who are passionate about teaching and education.  This all starts with our Residency Program Directors - Colleen Tomcik and Chris Tarolli for the adult neurology program and Robert Thompson Stone and Jennifer Nguyen for the child neurology program. Dr. Ralph Jozefowicz, who was Program Director for 25 years, still plays a vital role in teaching and mentoring residents. They all possess a command of teaching neurology that is unparalleled and their enthusiasm is infectious. You have to see it to believe it and I know legions of graduating residents would agree.

Curricular Innovation

Our teaching programs are always thinking ahead. We recently revamped our educational curriculum to a half-day block schedule where all residents spend Wednesday afternoons together for teaching. The curriculum includes many different teaching approaches to accommodate different style of learning and to stimulate collaborative growth. It focuses less on traditional lectures and more on active approaches to learning.

Mentors in all Fields for all Careers 

We have over 140 faculty across 13 divisions who oversee 12 clinical fellowships, and a T32 Training Program in Experimental Neurotherapeutics. Whether your goal is to become a master clinician, a revered teacher, or a cutting-edge clinician-scientist, we have the environment to develop a personalized plan for your professional development. All of our faculty view mentorship as one of our highest priorities.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

I, along with our education leadership and entire faculty, are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and to ensuring a safe and collegial work environment for everyone. We have an ambitious Equity and Antiracism Action Plan and efforts are underway to dismantle all forms of inequity and advocate for change. The new curriculum provides lectures and learning opportunities that view racism as a public health crisis, and ways to study it effects in marginalized populations, as well as the structural, institutional and personalized approaches to mitigate its impact.

So welcome to our Department. We have much to accomplish to harmonize and re-imagine clinical care, research and teaching to improve the health of our patients and families. 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 and Department of Neurology 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.


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Robert G. Holloway, MD, MPH