Program Description

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

The Department of Neurology at UNC Health Care 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 the 16-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care unit at UNC hospital. 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.

Fellows 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. Protected elective time will be provided for fellows to pursue research and academic interests.

How to Apply

Apply by sending a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation. Please address all applications or inquiries to Rhonda Cadena, MD at the e-mail or postal address below.

UNC is an equal opportunity employer.

Please Contact:

Rhonda Cadena, MD
Program Director, Neurocritical Care Fellowship
Department of Neurology
Physicians Office Building
170 Manning Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7025


Recent Alumni


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


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: Chief Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC