Vascular Neurology and Stroke

Vascular Neurology Fellowship

DURATION OF FELLOWSHIP: One year (ACGME accredited). A two-year program is available with an emphasis on advanced techniques and research application dependent upon successful completion of Year One and demonstration of research potential.

  • PREREQUISITE: Completion of an accredited neurology residency with Board eligibility.

The UNC HealthCare Comprehensive Stroke Center offers a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship with emphasis on acute stroke treatment and diagnosis/prevention of stroke and TIA.  Fellows will divide their clinical time between inpatient care in the UNC Hospitals Stroke Center (Neurosciences ICU, ISCU, and Ward Service) and outpatient care in the UNC Stroke Clinic.  Clinical research experience will include fellow-initiated studies and participation in a variety of acute stroke trials and stroke prevention trials.

The UNC Hospitals are located in the “Buckle of the Stroke Belt” and admits approximately 1000 stroke patients annually. The Stroke Center was the first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in the southeast and is a major referral center for interventional stroke treatments.  The Stroke Team is comprised of members from many departments and disciplines, and the core Neurology clinical staff includes 5 stroke faculty members, a stroke NP, a stroke nurse coordinator, an acute stroke team, and a clinical trials unit that enrolls in trials 24/7. The fellow will also work closely with neurointensivists, interventional neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, and physiatrists during his/her training.

There are currently active collaborations with Neurocritical Care, Emergency Medicine, Neuroradiology, Interventional Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery, and Cardiology, as well as with the UNC School of Public Health. State-art clinical and research imaging resources are available at the UNC Medical Center and at the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Core.  Translational research training and support is provided by the NC TraCS Institute, UNC's NIH-funded CTSA.

Applicants must complete an ACGME-accredited neurology residency and be ABPN board-eligible or board-certified in neurology prior to the start of the fellowship.

The Program is participating in the NRMP match for the current application cycle (the 2017-2018 academic year).  The Program will accept applications via ERAS for a July 2017 start beginning in November 2015.  We require a personal statement of interests and career goals, a current curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation, which should include one letter from the Program Director of the applicant's neurology residency training program.  Important dates are listed below:

ERAS opens: November 15 (applicants), December 1 (programs); applications accepted through February 2016.  Interviews will be conducted in March and April of 2016.


Questions regarding the fellowship program should be submitted to:

David Y. Huang, MD, PhD, FAHA, FANA, FAAN
Professor and Chief, Division of Stroke and Vascular Neurology
UNC Department of Neurology
CB #7025, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7025

telephone: 919-966-8162 (Sharon Ward, Program Coordinator)


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