Vascular Neurology Fellowship

During our specialized, one-year fellowship, you will become a key part of our interdisciplinary team as you develop high-demand expertise in caring for patients with a wide variety of conditions that result in vascular insults to the nervous system — notably cerebrovascular disease.

Our outstanding neurovascular and neurosurgical experts prepare you well to pass both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s vascular neurology exam and the American Society of Neuroimaging’s neurosonology exam.

In our 13 four-week modules, you will help manage hospital and ambulatory patients in diverse care environments. You also will conduct original research, collaborating with a faculty mentor who shares your interests.

Completion of the vascular neurology fellowship fulfills the prerequisite for endovascular/interventional neurology as well as stroke center directorship.

High-Demand Care and Prevention

The rate of stroke death for Western New Yorkers (including Buffalonians) exceeds the national rate by 23 percent and is 79 percent higher than the aggregate New York State rate.

Through comprehensive hands-on learning experiences, you will build clinical and related scientific expertise in:

  • vascular neurology
  • neurocritical care
  • stroke and neurorehabilitation
  • endovascular, neurosurgery and neurointensive care
  • neurosonology/neuroradiology, including interpretation of transcranial and carotid Doppler studies
  • diagnostic and interventional radiology 

You also will engage in crucial stroke prevention activities, informing and educating patients, medical trainees, ancillary health professionals and the community.

Your emerging skills will be put to immediate and good use in a region with ample opportunity for broad exposure to vascular disease.

Innovative Training Sites

Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, our program trains vascular neurologists in state-of-the-art clinical care and research settings.

The Gates Vascular Institute, your primary training site, is one of the nation’s premier stroke care centers and one of the busiest in the Northeast, where you will help manage complex cases. In this unique regional facility, physicians provide world-class care and collaborate with scientists in UB’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Research Opportunities

You will not just learn new skills, you will contribute new knowledge to the field, developing skills and expertise in biomedical research. Working directly with a faculty member, you will design, implement and interpret a research study.

You will have dedicated time and opportunities to participate in ongoing research projects, including various National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical trials.

Our fellows’ high quality research has led to presentations at national and international meetings, such as the American Academy of Neurology and the International Stroke Conference; publication in peer-reviewed journals; and grant applications.

Top-Notch, Expert Faculty

You will work closely with our faculty experts, engaging in clinical care, cutting-edge research and teaching.

Our faculty includes:

  • specialists in vascular neurology, myasthenia gravis, neuromuscular disorders, neurological surgery, neuroradiology and rehabilitation science
  • primary investigator for NIH-sponsored stroke clinical trials
  • trauma and critical care aero-medical transport physician
  • director of the Toshiba Stroke and Vascular Research Center
  • director of neurosurgical research and neuroendovascular critical care
  • one of the few Western New York physicians skilled in advanced electrophysiological techniques, such as single-fiber electromyography
  • expert in microsurgical, radiosurgical and endovascular techniques for cerebrovascular conditions

Our faculty members bring national and international perspectives to their work, with professional experiences or credentials from Columbia University, Cleveland Clinic, Harvard Medical School, the Naval Undersea Medical Institute, Washington University, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University at Buffalo.

Enjoy A Beautiful, Vibrant Living Community

Buffalo is known for its snow, but dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that our region enjoys four distinct seasons.

Our region is characterized by a neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents.

Get past the snowy stereotype and you’ll be immediately captivated by Buffalo’s beauty, heritage, temperate climate and welcoming environment.

How to Apply

We accept two outstanding fellows into our program each year and welcome inquiries from highly motivated applicants who have excelled in an ACGME-accredited neurology residency or RCPSC-accredited neurology residency program in Canada and meet requirements for a New York State medical license.

To be considered, please apply through ERAS. Our program number is 1883512022.

Please submit all documentation required by ERAS, including:

  • Personal statement
  • CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Certificate of previous training
  • Medical school diploma

We offer J-1 visa sponsorship for international graduates. Applicants with an H-1B visa may retain their H-1B visa status.

Contact Us

  • Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program Director

    Ching, Marilou

    Marilou Ching, MD, MPH, FACP

    Clinical Professor of Neurology, Program Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program

    UB Department of Neurology 1010 Main Street, 2nd floor Buffalo, NY 14202

    Phone: (716) 932-6080; Fax: (716) 829-4001


  • Training Program Administrators

    Thomas Bellanca

    Department of Neurology

    1010 Main St., 2nd floor, Buffalo, NY 14202

    Phone: (716) 829-5060; Fax: (716) 829-5051