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Fellowship in Vascular Neurology at Northwell Health

The one-year ACGME-accredited Vascular Neurology Program at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell trains neurologists to become world class stroke specialists in the field of cerebrovascular diseases.

This fellowship program is primarily based at the North Shore University Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is a trusted regional leader in the delivery of stroke care to patients with cerebrovascular disease.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center is committed to providing high-quality stroke care across the development and implementation of disease-oriented practice guidelines, the promotion of primary and secondary stroke prevention, education of healthcare professionals and the entire community, and the advancement of knowledge through research.

Program highlights include:

  • 8-bed stroke unit and dedicated neurology floor
  • Two angiography suites with endovascular capability
  • 24/7 neurointensivist-staffed neurological ICU
  • UCNS-certified neurointensive care fellowship
  • Cerebrovascular neurosurgery fellowship
  • Telestroke/E-ICU training embedded with day call schedule
  • Clinical and translational stroke research opportunities
  • Stroke research coordinator support, the  site for NIH Stroke NET trials
  • Clinical trials: RESPECT-ESUS, SOCRATES, STROKE-AF, ASAP-TOO, MISTIE-III; multiple single-center trials
  • Support to attend International Stroke Conference and AAN annual meeting
  • Mentorship opportunity - Annual College Student Summer Stroke Research Program
  • Dedicated general neurology floor/consultation service

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Program structure

The Vascular Neurology fellows will receive a state-of-the-art outpatient experience of complex stroke cases at the stroke fellow clinic located at the Northwell Health Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery. The purpose of outpatient experience is to expand the fellow’s knowledge and expertise in providing continuity of care to a stroke patient that they have cared for as an inpatient.

During this rotation, fellows will also participate in providing mentorship to nurse practitioners who are a part of a stroke “mini-fellowship program.” The outpatient rotation includes experience in learning to read carotid Doppler and transcranial Doppler studies at our neurosonology lab.

The vascular neurology fellows rotate through Glen Cove Rehabilitation Center and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Fellows participate in an annual performance improvement (PI) project and one or more community stroke awareness events.

Facilities

North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset is a tertiary care facility that is one of the cornerstones of the health system. It was named the nation's top hospital by AARP's Modern Maturity magazine and has been a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center since 2015. The 804-bed hospital provides exceptional patient care.

At this site, the fellow will be exposed to the evaluation and treatment of patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage and AVMs, as well as neurocritical care and endovascular therapy. The fellow will also be exposed to all aspects of comprehensive stroke care and diagnostic evaluation including cerebral angiography, MRI and CT perfusion imaging and NOVA MRA. The fellow will manage patients in the Neurosurgery ICU and Stroke Unit/Service.

The stroke service based at North Shore University Hospital consists of a dedicated team that cares for all stroke patients in the hospital, including stroke consultations on medical floors. The service is staffed at all times by a board-certified vascular neurologist and a stroke fellow, one to two neurology residents, and one PA or NP on a rotating basis. The hospital emergency department (ED) is one of Long Island’s top-level one trauma centers and state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities including computed tomography (CT), CT angiograms, and the ability for emergency MRIs if needed.

Glen Cove Hospital receives outstanding scores in patient satisfaction, along with a comprehensive service excellence program. The 247-bed hospital, which includes a 55-bed rehabilitation unit and a state-of-the-art 10-bed brain injury unit, provides exemplary medical and surgical care.

Application process

Applications will be accepted from December 1 through March 1. All available positions will be offered through the NRMP match.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Two(2) letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG status report, if applicable

If you need additional information, please contact:
Rohan Arora
Program Director
(516) 562-2303
[email protected]

Graduates

  • 2017-2018 incoming fellow: Sami Bajwa, MD—neurology resident, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • 2016: Ina Teron Molina, MDneuro-interventional fellow at North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health
  • 2015: Sanskriti Mishra, MDvascular neurology faculty, Maimonides Medical Center, Northwell Health
  • 2014: Hussain Rizvi, MDattending vascular neurologist, Winthrop University Medical Center

Faculty

Richard Benjamin Libman, MD

Chief of Division - Cerebrovascular Disease of Neurology - Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Vice Chairman - Vice Chairman of Neurology of Neurology - Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Specialties: Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Jeffrey Matthew Katz, MD

Chief - Vascular Services, Department of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital

Director - Comprehensive Stroke Center, Department of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Vascular Neurology, Neurology, Neuroradiology

Rohan Arora, MD

Program Director - Vascular Neurology,

Director - Stroke Program, Department of Neurology, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills

Specialties: Neurology, Vascular Neurology

 

Richard Benjamin Libman, MD

Dr. Libman earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree and a medical degree from the McGill University School of Medicine in Montréal, Canada. He completed a residency in neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a fellowship in stroke at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/New York Neurological Institute.

Dr. Libman is vice chairman of neurology. He joined the health system in 1993 as a stroke neurologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Under his leadership, the hospital became one of the leading centers in the country for clinical trials testing innovative treatments for stroke, including participating in the landmark National Institutes of Health study on the clot-busting drug TPA, which revolutionized the treatment of acute stroke. Under Dr. Libman’s leadership, Long Island Jewish Medical Center won the American Heart Associations’ highest awards for quality of care of stroke patients. In his leadership role of the Northwell Health Task Force, Dr. Libman oversaw the accreditation of all health system hospitals as New York State Department of Health-designated primary stroke centers.

Dr. Libman has published extensively in various neurological and stroke journals and has presented his work at national and international meetings. He is a professor of neurology at the Hofstra Northwell school of medicine, a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Heart/American Stroke Association and the American Medical Association. He has been given the Teacher of the Year award on several occasions.

Jeffrey Matthew Katz, MD

Jeffrey M. Katz is an associate professor of neurology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, chief of vascular services in the Department of Neurology, director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center and Stroke Unit at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), and director of the Northwell Health TeleStroke Program. Dr. Katz specializes in cerebrovascular disease and endovascular surgery and is board certified in neurology and vascular neurology. He is clinically active in the care of patients with ischemic stroke, intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracranial aneurysms, vascular malformations of the brain and spine, carotid and vertebral arterial disease, and intracranial steno-occlusive disease.

Under his directorship, North Shore University Hospital received Joint Commission disease-specific certification as a primary stroke center in 2008 and as a Comprehensive Stroke Center in 2014. In a synchronized effort between the health system’s Stroke Task Force and the Center for Emergency Medical Services, Dr. Katz pioneered the development of the health system’s Stroke Rescue Program, which coordinates emergency transfers of stroke patients from neighboring health systems and non-system hospitals for comprehensive acute stroke care. He has also led the development of the Northwell Health TeleStroke Program, which provides acute stroke coverage to primary stroke centers within the health system. Dr. Katz is also the lead author of many of the health system’s stroke policies and clinical guidelines and was integral in the implementation of these guidelines through the electronic medical record.

Rohan Arora, MBBS

Rohan Arora graduated from Kasturba Medical College, Karnataka, India. He completed his neurology residency at Drexel University College of Medicine and his vascular neurology fellowship at the NIH/ NINDS Stroke Program. Dr. Arora is the director of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship at the Zucker School of Medicine. He is very actively involved in increasing stroke awareness in the community and also serves as medical director of the stroke program at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, a part of Northwell Health. His areas of research interest focus on stroke in the very elderly, stroke in young and EMS prehospital notification for stroke.

Dr. Arora is leading EMS prehospital notification for Northwell Health through his college student stroke research program. During his free time, he attends New York City Bhangra dance school and wishes to study the role of dancing in stroke prevention and recovery.

Elliot Salamon, DO

Elliott Salamon is a double board-certified neurologist specializing in cerebrovascular and general neurology. He completed his medicine internship at the Maimonides Medical Center and his neurology residency and chief residency at Northwell Health. He subsequently completed a vascular neurology fellowship at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he maintains academic privileges in the Department of Neurology.

Dr. Salamon has extensive publications both in areas of neurology and in basic science research. He is currently the assistant clinical professor of neurology at the Zucker School of Medicine and staff physician for stroke at Northwell Health.

Ina Teron Molina, MD

Dr. Molina is a neurointerventional fellow and a vascular neurology attending physician.

Anand V Patel, MD