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Residency in Child Neurology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

It is an exciting time to begin a career in child neurology. As innovations in technology continue to advance, more children with neurologic disorders are being diagnosed and cured faster than ever before. At Cohen Children’s Medical Center, we recognize the growing need for experienced and compassionate child neurologists who are committed to the wellness of children and their developing minds.

The goal of our child neurology residency program is to provide well-rounded training in care of acute and chronic neurologic conditions, and help our residents flourish into successful academicians, researchers and clinicians.

Program details:

Why Cohen Children’s?

Cohen Children’s Medical Center is the largest freestanding pediatric hospital in the New York metropolitan region. Our pediatric hospital has been consistently ranked among the top 50 hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in eight subspecialties, including pediatric neurology and neurosurgery.

Catering to a diverse patient population from the Queens and Long Island communities, we offer an unmatchable clinical experience. Excellent research opportunities exist under the guidance of internationally renowned leadership and resources like the Feinstein Institute of Medical Research.


Cohen Children’s is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to meet the special needs of children, from premature babies to adolescents.

Learn more about Cohen Children’s

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Application process

Applicants interested in the child neurology training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You must be registered at the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Specialties Matching Service to be considered for the Match.

Essential application information includes:

  • Universal application
  • Personal statement
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from your residency program director. Letters of recommendation must be less than six (6) months old.
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation for medical school dean
  • Medical school transcript

Only completed applications with all supporting documentation will be reviewed. 

Faculty

Program Director

Shefali Nakul Karkare, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy, Pediatrics

Additional faculty

Sanjeev Vithal Kothare, MD

Co-Director - Pediatric Sleep Program/Neurology,CCMC,

Director - Pediatric Neurology Service Line, , Director - Pediatric Neurology, CCMC,

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

Joseph Maytal, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, Pediatrics, Clinical Neurophysiology

Zipora Fefer, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Rose Marrie Yu Sy-Kho, MD

Specialties: Pediatrics, Neurology, Pediatric Neurology

Avy Ronay, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Ivan Mark Pavkovic, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, Sleep Medicine, EEG / Epilepsy

Emma Cecilia Laureta, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology

Fast facts

AGME accredited: Yes
Residents per year: Two
Duration: Three years
Postgraduate training required: Two years general pediatrics, or one year general pediatrics + one year neuroscience research
Neuroscientist research track: Yes
U.S. citizenship required: No
Salary
 

Benefits include: Health and dental insurance, 14 days paid vacation + six personal days, meal allowance and generous educational/CME stipend

Learn more about Graduate Medical Education (GME) at Northwell Health.

Our residents

Current residents

Yash Shah
Maria ElHallal
Padma Eksambe
Annie Hong
Danielle Brigham 

Past residents

Graduation Year: 2013          
Name: Gabrielle Chassagne  
Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology (Albert Einstein)
Current Position: Attending Epileptologist, NYU Winthrop

Graduation Year: 2014
Name: Cimy Jacob
Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology
Current Position: Private Practice

Graduation Year: 2014
Name: Simona Proteasa                    
Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology
Current Position: Current fellow in epilepsy at Methodist Hospital

Graduation Year: 2015
Name: Nagma Dalvi              
Fellowship: Neuro-oncology (Memorial Sloan Ketetring)
Current Position: Attending, DuPont Children’s Hospital

Graduation Year: 2015
Name: Lines Vargas
Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology (Albert Einstein)
Current Position: Attending Epileptologist, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine for Neurology

Graduation Year: 2016
Name: Elizabeth Ng
Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology (Stony Brook Medical Center)        
Current Position: Attending Epileptologist (Connecticut Children’s Hospital)

Graduation Year: 2016
Name: Elizabeth Ng
Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology (Stony Brook Medical Center)        
Current Position: Attending Epileptologist (Connecticut Children’s Hospital)

Graduation Year: 2017
Name: Mariana Grossi
Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology (Albert Einstein)
Current Position: Attending Epileptologist, NYU Langone Hospital

Graduation Year: 2018
Name: Kevin Gurcharran
Fellowship: Pediatric Epilepsy/EEG, Weill Cornell
Current Position: Attending Epileptologist, Weill Cornell Medical Center

Graduation Year: 2018
Name: Minal Doshi
Fellowship: Epilepsy/EEG fellowship, Northwell Health

Graduation Year: 2018
Name: Joshua Kim 
Fellowship: Pediatric Epilepsy/EEG, Weill Cornell Medical Center