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Program Manager, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program
Andrea Ruiz, BGS, C-TAGME
Phone: 305-243-2742
Fax: 305-243-0359
Email: umneurofellowships@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. All of our positions are filled through the NRMP. We do not offer out-of-match positions.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning in December. We ask that complete applications are entered as close to the opening date as possible. Interviews are typically conducted annually from December to March, but are subject to change.

Call Schedule

We currently have three ACGME-approved vascular neurology fellowship positions annually. Fellows are assigned to one of three rotations at any given time during a typical two-week block rotation. Night call is home call. Depending on the rotation assignment, a fellow can take anywhere from zero to 10 calls per rotation block.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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UHealth at The Professional Arts Center

1150 N.W. 14th Street Suite 609

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 3 prior to the start of the program. Applicants will obtain a valid Florida medical license or must be eligible to be registered upon appointment.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of a successfully completed ACGME-accredited neurology residency.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Vascular Neurology Fellowship

Mission & Vision

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program is committed to the mission of training the next generation of stroke specialists to ensure delivery of quality and evidence-based care across the spectrum of neurovascular conditions.

By leveraging our large body of faculty members in vascular neurology and allied disciplines, along with our extensive research activities that focus on acute care, prevention, population studies and health disparities, our vision is to foster intellectually rigorous specialists who can interpret new scientific evidence, contribute to advancing the field and in-turn train future vascular neurology/stroke specialists.

Mission & Vision

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program is committed to the mission of training the next generation of stroke specialists to ensure delivery of quality and evidence-based care across the spectrum of neurovascular conditions.

By leveraging our large body of faculty members in vascular neurology and allied disciplines, along with our extensive research activities that focus on acute care, prevention, population studies and health disparities, our vision is to foster intellectually rigorous specialists who can interpret new scientific evidence, contribute to advancing the field and in-turn train future vascular neurology/stroke specialists.

Program Director’s Welcome

Stroke is the primary cause of long-term disability and the third leading cause of death in the U.S. with its prevalence only anticipated to increase. Stroke prevention, acute treatment and recovery interventions are available, but the delivery of these treatments is increasingly complex, which is where Jackson Memorial Hospital and our fellowship program comes in.

Program Director’s Welcome

Stroke is the primary cause of long-term disability and the third leading cause of death in the U.S. with its prevalence only anticipated to increase. Stroke prevention, acute treatment and recovery interventions are available, but the delivery of these treatments is increasingly complex, which is where Jackson Memorial Hospital and our fellowship program comes in.

Jackson Memorial Hospital is part of an elite group of healthcare organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care and is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and certified as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The hospital also earned both The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers.

The stroke team at Jackson Memorial comprises expert stroke physicians and surgeons including neurologists, neurointerventionalists, neurosurgeons and neurointensivists from the University of Miami Health System, as well as Jackson Memorial emergency medicine specialists and other healthcare professionals who specialize in stroke care. The team routinely delivers groundbreaking and innovative medical treatment for stroke patients.

With a vast array of resources available and national recognition as leaders in stroke care, we look forward to sharing more with you about what makes our fellowship program so special.

-Director Jose G. Romano, MD, FAHA, FAAN, FAN

-Associate Director Amer Mohammed Malik, MD, MBA, FAHA, FSVIN

Description

The stroke team at Jackson Memorial comprises expert stroke physicians and surgeons including neurologists, neurointerventionalists, neurosurgeons and neurointensivists from the University of Miami Health System, as well as Jackson Memorial emergency medicine specialists and other healthcare professionals who specialize in stroke care. The team routinely delivers groundbreaking and innovative medical treatment for stroke patients.

With a vast array of resources available and national recognition as leaders in stroke care, we look forward to sharing more with you about what makes our fellowship program so special.

-Director Jose G. Romano, MD, FAHA, FAAN, FAN

-Associate Director Amer Mohammed Malik, MD, MBA, FAHA, FSVIN

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

3

Duration of Fellowship?

1 year

Program Highlights

1 of the largest groups of vascular neurologists in the country

1 meritorious fellowship (2nd-year position) through StrokeNet

Award-winning advanced comprehensive stroke center

Clinical Experience

Year 1

Our Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program is committed to training the next generation of stroke experts to address the growing burden of stroke through various training resources during the one-year program. We are confident that our program not only prepares excellent clinicians and future academicians but provides a truly unique and comprehensive training experience.

High-Volume Exposure

At our large academic tertiary-care hospitals and clinics, trainees are exposed to a large volume of acute critically ill patients where one-third of acute ischemic stroke patients are treated with thrombolytic and/or endovascular strategies.

Multiple Facilities

Through carefully designed ambulatory experiences at our county (Jackson Memorial Hospital), federal (Bruce W. Carter Veterans Affairs Medical Center) and private (UM) facilities, preventive strategies are delivered to our diverse and multicultural community.

Imaging & Neurosonology Training

In addition to learning about the usual imaging techniques, fellows learn various neurosonology techniques (emboli detection, extracranial cerebrovascular duplex, Transcranial Doppler, shunt detection and vasomotor reactivity), with the expectation that they will better understand cerebral blood flow and be certified in these important skills.

Mentorship

With one of the largest groups of vascular neurologists in the country, and in close collaboration with our neurointerventionalists, vascular neurosurgeons, neurology-based neurointensivists and other healthcare providers, trainees have a large number of mentors available within distinct areas of research interests and expertise.

Research

Exposure to research is an important part of the training, both to critically appraise new developments in the field and to engage in independent research. The Jackson Memorial Hospital Stroke Division is actively engaged in many clinical trials. As the Regional Coordinating Center for the Florida Stroke Trials Network (part of the National Institutes of Health-funded StrokeNet) that includes 10 hospitals across the state, trainees have the opportunity to learn about the intricacies of clinical trials. Through StrokeNet, we support one, second-year fellowship position focused on stroke research for meritorious candidates. In addition, as the coordinating site for the Florida Stroke Registry, trainees have the opportunity to learn about population-based and epidemiological research with a strong emphasis on health disparities.

Team Management

With the 3rd largest residency program in the country, stroke fellows develop team management skills.

Your Faculty

Negar Asdaghi, MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology
Director, Jackson Memorial HospitalAmbulatory Care Center West

Victor Del Brutto, MD
Instructor, Neurology

Sebastian Koch, MD, FAHA
Chief, UM Stroke Program
Director, Patrick Cesarano Neurovascular Laboratory
Professor, Clinical Neurology

Amer M. Malik, MD, MBA, FAHA, FSVIN
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology
Associate Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program,
Director, JMH Neurohospitalist Section

Erika Marulanda-Londoño, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology

Gustavo Andres Ortiz, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology

Yolanda Reyes Iglesias, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Director, Neurology Clerkship for Medical Students
Director, Stroke, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Abiezer Rodriguez Centeno, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology

Jose G. Romano, MD, FAAN, FAHA, FANA
Chief, Stroke Division
Director, Stroke Service
Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program
Professor, Neurology

Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS, FAHA, FAAN
Chairman, Department of Neurology
Professor, Neurology
Neurologist-in-Chief, Jackson Health System

Nicole Sur, MDAssistant Professor, Clinical Neurology

Alumni Placements Include:

Access Physicians
Baptist Health Medical Center
CEP America
Cone Health
Emory University
Greenville Memorial Hospital
Jackson South Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare
Louisiana State University Shreveport School of Medicine
Michigan Neurology Associates & PC
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Rutgers University
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Miami
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Alumni Placements Include:

Access Physicians
Baptist Health Medical Center
CEP America
Cone Health
Emory University
Greenville Memorial Hospital
Jackson South Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare
Louisiana State University Shreveport School of Medicine
Michigan Neurology Associates & PC
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Rutgers University
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Miami
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston