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Vascular Neurology/Stroke Fellowship

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Stroke Program offers a one- or two-year fellowship in cerebrovascular disease. Our goal is to attract highly qualified and motivated candidates interested in pursuing a career in clinical, health service, or basic science stroke research. Our program provides fellows with intensive training in clinical diagnosis and management of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Fellows also participate in clinical and epidemiological stroke research and receive education in the fundamentals of research design, methodology and analysis. Fellows have research time to develop independent research projects under faculty supervision. The University of Michigan is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, and is a Regional Coordinating Center for StrokeNet, an NIH-funded clinical trials network.

ACGME Approval



Board certified/board eligible in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Emergency Medicine or other related fields

Start Date

July 1

Length of Fellowship

1-2 years


Through ERAS for ACGME-approved year


Holley Comiskey
Fellowship Coordinator

Devin Brown, M.D., M.S.

Fellowship Director

Fellowship rotations (ACGME-approved year):

The ACGME-approved year fulfills the requirements necessary for vascular neurology board eligibility.  The vascular neurology team has its faculty offices and clinics in the state-of-the-art $215 million University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center which opened in June, 2007.   This building is connected to the University of Michigan Hospital which houses a 15-bed neuro intensive care unit, a 6-bed state-of-the-art stroke unit, and the Emergency Department. The acute stroke response team is composed of 4-7 board-certified vascular neurologists, 1 Vascular Neurology board-certified neuro intensivists, 4 emergency medicine physicians with a primary interest in cerebrovascular disease, and a neuro-interventional team.  The acute stroke response team anchored by Dr. Lewis Morgenstern, Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Emergency Medicine, and Epidemiology, an expert in acute stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage, and Dr. William Barsan, Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine, a pioneer in thrombolytic therapy for stroke who administered tPA to the first patient in the NINDS tpa trial.  Dr. Barsan is also PI of the clinical coordinating center for the NINDS-funded Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT), a network that conducts large simple trials in stroke and other neurological emergencies.  To meet the members of the stroke team, please follow this link.

In addition to the clinical experience in our Comprehensive Stroke Center, there are many opportunities for vascular neurology fellows to participate in research and other scholarly activities. All vascular neurology fellows will actively participate in ongoing research studies, including acute stroke treatment trials, ongoing stroke epidemiology studies, and other clinical projects. The vascular neurology team has had active collaborative projects with faculty in the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, Interventional Neuroradiology, Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, and the School of Public Health. Currently, the acute stroke response team has many R01’s as well as mentored research grants which will provide the framework from which the fellows attain research methodology training and manuscript preparation skills.  Faculty areas of investigation include health disparities, sleep and stroke, acute stroke interventions, community stroke education, stroke genetics, advanced cardiac imaging, and the molecular basis of stroke. Each vascular neurology fellow will develop an independent project under the mentorship of the vascular neurology faculty members during the dedicated research/scholarship month.  It is anticipated that this work will continue throughout the year and will culminate in a presentation at a national meeting and a published manuscript.  On average, our fellows have had 7 peer-reviewed publications resulting from their 2-3 year fellowships. We pledge strong and effective mentorship to our fellows who will in turn be able to launch a successful career as a clinical stroke researcher.


Clinical Research Training:
Following the ACGME-approved fellowship year, there are many opportunities for formal training in clinical research. Examples include:

Neurology Department Training Grant (NIH T32)
This training program in basic and clinical neuroscience in the U-M Department of Neurology is supported by an NIH T32 grant. Training is in the clinical program of a faculty member and supplemented by interdisciplinary and collaborative project meetings, seminars, and appropriate course work. Salary, education, and some project support is available. Trainees in clinical science programs are required to enroll in the U-M School of Public Health Masters Program in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis.

University of Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars® Program (RWJ CSP)
This program offers graduate-level study and research as part of a university-based post-residency training program. The RWJ CSP stresses training in quantitative and qualitative research methods underlying health services research essential to improving health and medical care systems. The program’s newest iteration also emphasizes community-based research and leadership training. The goal of the program is the integration of Scholars’ previous clinical training with skills in program development and research methodology to help them find solutions for issues in public policy, community health and clinical practice. Formal training results in a Masters in Health and Health Services Research.

University of Michigan School of Public Health Masters of Science Program
The University of Michigan School of Public Health offers a Master of Science (MS) program in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis (CRDSA). The On Job/On Campus (OJ/OC) training is designed for health care professionals who are involved in clinical research. It helps them develop expertise in research design and statistical analysis while continuing their professional employment. Classes meet one 4-day weekend (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) each month for 18 months.

University of Michigan School of Public Health Masters of Public Health Programs
The School of Public Health also offers a traditional 2-year Masters of Public Health (MPH) program in Biostatistics, Health Services Research, and Environmental Health Sciences.

Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology
The summer program offers instruction in the principles, methods, and applications of epidemiology. Distinguished faculty from academic centers and governmental agencies throughout the United States and other countries are responsible for introductory and advanced courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and data management. Curriculum options include one-week and three-week courses. Special evening lectures by guest speakers, and weekly social events, complement the classroom sessions.

University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research
The Institute for Social Research (ISR) offers training in survey research techniques and other quantitative methods in social research. Programs range from summer courses to master’s and doctoral degrees.

Clinical Research Resources

Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research

MICHR was created in November 2006. The Institute houses the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), a five-year NIH grant.  The CTSA builds on previous NIH investments to expand innovative programs and services in clinical research infrastructure and education. MICHR is designed to serve investigators performing clinical or translational research from any school within the University. MICHR staff and faculty help with study design, regulatory services, data management and biostatistics, research ethics and participant recruitment among other areas.  Programs include: Biomedical Informatics, Clinical Translation Science, Community Engagement, Education & Mentoring, Ethics, Health Disparities Research, Pediatrics, Pilot Grant Programs, Research Development Consultation, and Research Support Units (Clinical Research Informatics Core, Biostatistics, Data Management, Michigan Clinical Research Unit, Project Management and Monitoring, Regulatory Support).


CSCAR is a service and research unit of the University of Michigan. It provides statistical services to faculty, primary researchers, graduate students and staff of the University. Topics include:  dataset consulting, use of statistical software, presentation of results, geographics information systems (GIS), choice of statistical methods, and interpretation of results. They also run workshops on various statistical topics, and provide remote access (free of charge to the UM community) to a variety of statistical packages.

Internal research funding
There are many opportunities to seek internal clinical research funding for projects.

These include:

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