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Epilepsy Fellowship Program (Adult and Pediatric) at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

The ACGME accredited Epilepsy Fellowship Program at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell is founded upon competency-based education, including medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism. The program stresses acquisition of medical knowledge and the clinical and surgical skills required for excellent care of patients with epilepsy and related conditions.

The Epilepsy Fellowship Program begins in July each year. During the year of training, fellows are given a broad and in-depth clinical experience in the medical and surgical management of seizure disorders and in the technical, interpretive, and clinical aspects of electroencephalogram (EEG).  Upon completion of the program fellows will become eligible for the ABPN subspecialty certification in epilepsy.


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Training information

The program is based out of three hospitals, all certified by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as level 4 epilepsy centers: North Shore University Hospital, the primary teaching site of the Zucker School of Medicine; Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City; and Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

The combined program includes:

  • 20 epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) beds
  • Long term monitoring and consultative services
  • Active outpatient adult and pediatric epilepsy clinics
  • An active epilepsy surgery program
  • A research program including both clinical and basic science endeavors

Didactics include a structured lecture series, clinical and scientific weekly conferences, journal clubs, case conferences and research meetings. Exposure to sleep medicine will be integrated into the clinical and educational experience. Fellows will gain valuable teaching experience with exposure to neurology residents and medical students.

There is an adult epilepsy track as well as a pediatric track. All fellows will rotate through both rotations during the year, with the majority of patient care performed in the respective area of concentration.

For applicants who have already completed a clinical neurophysiology fellowship, the year will be geared toward advanced clinical cases, accelerated in-depth surgical training and research endeavors. For those completing a pediatric neurology residency program, the fellowship will be tailored to include a greater degree of pediatric exposure. 

Application process

Ideal applicants should be conscientious and reliable team players with good communication skills, a solid basic foundation in neurology, and a passion for taking care of patients with epilepsy.

Candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME or RCPSC accredited program in neurology, child neurology, or neurodevelopment disabilities. Other requirements include:

  • Completed housestaff application form
  • Personal statement/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Dean's letter from your medical school
  • Copy of your medical school diploma
  • USMLE or Comlex scores
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Photograph (optional)

To apply for the Epilepsy Fellowship Program, please contact:

Jiselle Petrusky
Training Program Administrator
(516) 562-2303
[email protected]

Sean T. Hwang, MD
Fellowship Program Director
[email protected]

Goals and competencies

The purpose of this program is to provide a solid foundation in adult and pediatric clinical epilepsy care and in the technical, interpretive, and clinical aspects of EEG with the aim that, upon graduation, fellows will be able to function independently as epileptologists. The program relies on case-based learning, conferences, and didactic lectures to achieve its educational objectives and to prepare fellows for successful completion of the ABPN subspecialty certification in epilepsy. Learn more about the program's goals, competencies and educational objectives.

Leadership

Souhel Najjar, MD

Executive Director - Neurology Service Line,

Senior Vice President - Neurology Service Line, , Chairman of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital, Chairman of Neurology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Chairman of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital, Chairman of Neurology, Staten Island University Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, EEG/Epilepsy

Program director

Sean Tchanho Hwang, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG/Epilepsy

Faculty

North Shore University Hospital

 

Stephan Bickel, MD, PhD

Specialties: Neurology, EEG/Epilepsy

Aradia Xinying Fu, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG/Epilepsy

Sean Tchanho Hwang, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG/Epilepsy

Fred Alexander Lado, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG/Epilepsy

Chetan Malpe, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG/Epilepsy

Ashesh Dinesh Mehta, MD, PhD

Chief of Surgery - Neurosurgery, Glen Cove Hospital

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Steven Vincent Pacia, MD

Director - Neurology, Eastern Region,

Director of Neurology, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, Vice Chairman of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG/Epilepsy

Scott Jordan Stevens, MD

Chief of Division - Education of Neurology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Chief of Division - Division of Education of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG/Epilepsy

Tatyana R. Gitlevich, MD

Specialties: Neurophysiology, Neurology, EEG/Epilepsy

Lenox Hill Hospital

Site Director

Derek Jeffrey Chong, MD

Director - Epilepsy of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Vice Chairman of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep Medicine, EEG/Epilepsy

Faculty

Meghan Elizabeth Fleming, DO

Specialties: Neurology, EEG/Epilepsy

Ruben Itamar Kuzniecky, MD

Director - Research& Clinical Trials NS, LIJ, LHH,

Vice Chairman - Academic Affairs - NS, LIJ, LHH,

Specialties: Neurology, EEG/Epilepsy

Brittany Catherine LeMonda, PhD

Specialties: Psychology

Virginia Ann De Sanctis, PhD

Specialties: Psychology

Nadia Sotudeh, MD

Specialties: Neurology, EEG/Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology

Cohen Children's Medical Center

Pediatric Epilepsy Site Director

Ivan Mark Pavkovic, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, Sleep Medicine, EEG/Epilepsy

Faculty

Sanjeev Vithal Kothare, MD

Specialties: Child Neurology, EEG/Epilepsy, Sleep Medicine, Clinical Neurophysiology

Zipora Fefer, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Shefali Nakul Karkare, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, EEG/Epilepsy, Pediatrics

Emma Cecilia Laureta, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology

Joseph Maytal, MD

Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Pediatric Neurology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Pediatric Neurology, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, Pediatrics, Clinical Neurophysiology

Avy Ronay, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Rose Marrie Yu Sy-Kho, MD

Specialties: Pediatrics, Neurology, Pediatric Neurology