Vascular Neurology Fellowship

This one year clinical fellowship is ACGME approved and offers the necessary rotations to be eligible to sit for the ABPN Vascular Neurology certification exam.

The University of Maryland Medical Center has a strong vascular neurology program staffed by dedicated and experienced faculty. Fellows gain increasing independence throughout the year, with faculty backup readily available 24/7. By the end of the training, fellows are ready to embark upon careers as independent experts in the field of vascular neurology


Stroke inpatient and consultation service:

In addition to the patients reporting to our emergency department, The University of Maryland Medical Center is a tertiary referral center, and receives stroke consultations from throughout the region. We provide remote backup to many community hospital emergency departments for acute stroke decision making, including administration of IV tPA. Patients who may benefit from further specialized care including intra-arterial thrombolysis and thrombectomy are transferred for further evaluation and management. We also frequently receive consultations and transfers of complicated stroke patients where etiology or management require more work-up and specialty input than is available at referring centers.

Neuro Intensive Care:

We have a 22 bed dedicated neuroscience ICU. In addition to a formal one month rotation in the ICU, Fellows will work closely with ICU staff in a collaborative manner throughout the year in caring for stroke patients requiring ICU level care including post- IV tPA, post- Intra Arterial intervention, large stroke with malignant edema, intracranial hemorrhage, etc.


In addition to working closely with our neuroradiology colleagues in patient care throughout the fellowship, fellows will have formal rotations with:

  • Diagnostic Radiology - to enhance skills in interpretation of multiple imaging modalities and their uses in stroke, including: MRI, MRA, CT, CTA, Perfusion imaging, catheter angiography, etc.
  • Interventional neuroradiology - to learn more about the decision making and technical aspects related to interventional procedures.


University of Maryland is affiliated with The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute (formerly Kernan Hospital), which is the largest provider of rehabilitation care in the state. Fellows will rotate through the dedicated stroke rehab floor and work with faculty members in the University of Maryland neurology department specializing in neurorehabilitation.

Outpatient stroke clinic:

Fellows will be involved in the evaluation and management of many interesting outpatient referrals we receive from primary care physicians and other neurologists seeking specialized stroke consultations.
Baltimore VA Medical center:

All of our stroke faculty have dual appointments with the Baltimore VA. The VA is connected to UMMC by a footbridge, allowing the fellow to easily attend VA stroke clinics, provide specialty stroke consultations, and respond to acute stroke calls.


The fellow will be given specialty training in reading carotid Doppler and Transcranial Doppler ultrasounds by our neurovascular ultrasound certified faculty. We also routinely send the fellow to the 1 week intensive neurovascular ultrasound course offered through the Wake Forest program for medical ultrasound.

Didactics and seminars:

Neurovascular conference. Thursday 11:00-12:00: A joint conference with neuroradiology to discuss interesting cases and review imaging together.

Stroke Division meeting. Thursdays 12:00-1:00: A discussion of the stroke and Brain Attack services including troubleshooting any logistical issues to streamline the acute stroke patient flow.
Vascular Neurology Fellowship learning session. Friday 11-11:45: Scheduled topics through the year to cover all aspects of clinical vascular neurology. Weekly reading assignments are discussed by the fellow and stroke faculty.

Journal club. Friday 11:45-12:30: Recent articles of interest are reviewed. Discussion focuses on study design, research and statistical methods, and how findings will impact clinical decision making.

Fellow as teacher:

Throughout the year, the fellow will be involved in mentoring and teaching residents and medical students and serving as an expert resource. The fellow also gains experience in presenting a couple learning sessions to the Internal Medicine residency program on stroke topics.


All of our faculty and fellows are actively involved in clinical research, including several clinical trials. There is opportunity for fellows to become involved in ongoing studies or to initiate research of their design with faculty mentorship. Dedicated funds may be available for individual research projects as well an additional research fellowship year.

Application process:

Prerequisites: Completion of an ACGME certified neurology residency program

How to apply:
We will accept applications through the ERAS system and participating in the vascular neurology fellowship MATCH.

Important dates for fellowships starting July 1, 2018:

November 15, 2016 – ERAS applications available to programs

May 3, 2017 – MATCH day

Please upload to ERAS:

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 letters of reference

For International Graduates:

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) adheres to the standards and guidelines for the employment of non-immigrants as established by federal immigration laws and the U.S. Department of Labor. UMMC will hire only U.S. citizens and non-citizens that are authorized for employment. Non-immigrant alien residents or fellows must have a J-1 visa and ECFMG certificate in order to apply. H-1B visas are not considered appropriate visas for residents or fellows.
More information for IMGs can be found on the UMMC Graduate Medical Education office website.

Program Director:

Carolyn A. Cronin M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program
University of Maryland School of Medicine
110 South Paca Street, 3rd floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-328-4723
Fax: 410-328-5899

For further information please contact:

Ms. Andrea Reddick