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Program Description

Neurocritical care physicians examining a patient.

Duration of Fellowship: Two years

Starting Date: July 1

Prerequisites: Applicants must be Board Certified or Board Eligible by the American Board of Medical Specialties in one of the following, or have equivalent certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada:

  1. Neurology
  2. Neurological Surgery
  3. Internal Medicine
  4. Anesthesiology
  5. Surgery
  6. Emergency Medicine

Physicians providing neurocritical care to a patient.

The Department of Neurology at UNC Health offers a two-year UCNS-accredited fellowship in neurocritical care. The fellows will receive focused training in the application of diagnostic and treatment strategies for the neurologically critically ill. Faculty with specialized training in neurocritical care will supervise fellows at all times and the team works closely with faculty from the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Fellows will spend a total of 12 months rotating in Neurocritical Care which is predominantly spent at UNC Hospital’s 22-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care unit (NSICU) and during the second year, select weeks are spent at our community affiliate, Rex Hospital, in our 10-bed NSICU. These distinct experiences allow our fellows to experience the spectrum of neurocritical care models in practice. In addition, fellows will rotate in the surgical, medical and cardiac intensive care units where they will receive a well-rounded education of all aspects of critical care.

Neurocritical care roomFellows will be trained in team management and will oversee house staff from the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Emergency Medicine who rotate though the NSICU. The UNC NSICU draws a diverse patient population and fellows will have exposure to a broad variety of neurological pathology including subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracranial hemorrhage, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, CNS infections, status epilepticus, acute stroke, neuro-oncology emergencies and acute neuromuscular disease. Other protective elective time may be used to pursue other clinical rotations such as anesthesia, neurology, neurosurgery, neuro-interventional radiology or used to pursue independent scholarly work in research and quality improvement.

How to Apply

Neurocritical care fellows practicing a procedure.Apply by sending a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation. Please address all applications or inquiries to Drs. Clio Rubinos and Winnie Lau at the e-mails or postal address below.

Clio Rubinos, MD, MS
Program Director

Winnie Lau, MD
Associate Program Director

Department of Neurology
Physicians Office Building
170 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7025

UNC is an equal opportunity employer.

Current Fellow

Grace Dehoff, DO

  • Residency – Citrus Memorial Hospital
  • Medical School – Pacific Northwest University
  • Undergraduate – University of Colorado

Recent Alumni

Adam Waddell, MD
Residency: Neurology, JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ
Current position: Neurointensivist, Hartford Healthcare Medical Group  Hartford, CT

Uttam Verma, MBBS
Residency: Neurology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Current position: Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Oklahoma

Mandy Hatfield, MD
Residency: Neurology Residency, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Neurology, West Virginia University
JW Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV

Richard Gandee, DO
Residency: Internal Medicine, Ohio Health Doctor’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Current Position: Neurointensivist, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital, Akron, OH

Winnie Lau, MD
Residency: Adult Neurology Residency, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, Palo Alto, CA
Current position: Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Nathan Davis, MD
Residency: Neurosurgery Residency, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Current position: Neurosurgeon, Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia, SC

Marin Darsie, MD
Residency: Emergency Residency, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Current position: Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurosurgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI