Vascular Neurology

Neurology Fellowship Programs


  • Curtis Benesch, M.D., M.P.H., Program Director
  • Jeffrey Burdett, M.D.
  • Robert G. Holloway, M.D., M.P.H. (Department Chair)
  • Todd Holmquist, M.D.
  • Adam G. Kelly, M.D.
  • Bogachan Sahin, M.D.

Program Description:

This is an ACGME-accredited fellowship program based at the University of Rochester Medical Center, a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center that cares for more than 1000 stroke patients each year. Our Stroke Division is part of a vibrant academic department widely regarded as one of the top Departments of Neurology in the country. We ranked 6th in the nation in terms of NIH funding in 2013, and we have a nationally recognized tradition of excellence in medical and graduate medical education.

Other program highlights include:

  • A heterogeneous patient population with the full spectrum of cerebrovascular disease
  • A rigorous, innovative, and evidence-based didactic curriculum
  • Weekly interdisciplinary neurovascular case conferences and monthly journal club meetings
  • Ample teaching and research opportunities
  • A dedicated Neurocritical Care Unit and state-of-the-art neuroimaging capabilities
  • A stand-alone inpatient stroke service and a separate stroke consult service, each staffed by its own vascular neurology attending and team of residents
  • Neurosurgery and Neurorehabilitation services adjacent to the inpatient Stroke unit
  • An outpatient program that brings together vascular neurologists, endovascular neurosurgeons, and physical therapists under the same roof, with on-site MRI and ultrasonography capabilities
  • An outstanding faculty with a deep commitment to education, and:
    • Scholarly interests ranging from basic science to translational and clinical research in prevention, acute intervention, post-stroke recovery, and palliative care
    • Leadership and clinical practice guideline development roles in the American Academy of Neurology, the American Stroke Association, and other national organizations
    • A track record of publication in leading journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Stroke, Neurology, Brain Research, and PLOS ONE in 2014 alone

Selected applicants may combine a year of clinical training in Vascular Neurology with two years of formal research training through the Fellowship in Experimental Therapeutics, a program continuously funded by the NIH since 1989 and specifically designed to train translational and clinical researchers in neurology.

2 fellows/year - ACGME accredited Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program

1-2 fellows/year NIH-funded Experimental Therapeutics Fellowship Program

Contact Person: Bogachan Sahin, M.D., Ph.D.
Phone: 585-275-2530
Fax: 585-273-1026