Epilepsy Fellowship


The George Washington University Epilepsy fellowship is a one-year ACGME accredited epilepsy position. The GW comprehensive epilepsy center is a NAEC designated level IV epilepsy center located in the heart of the nation’s capital. The fellows gain structured clinical experience at GW University Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center. 

Applicants interested in a second-year fellowship may pursue it on the clinical neurophysiology/EEG track.

Find out more about the GWU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.


We are highly committed to foster the development of well-rounded, competent clinical and academic epileptologists.

Our fellows will become competent in:

  1. Outpatient routine and ambulatory EEGs
  2. ICU EEGs and LTMs
  3. Presurgical EEG/EMU
  4. Presurgical evaluation of patients with medically refractory epilepsy
  5. Intracranial invasive EEG monitoring  
  6. Managing patients with epilepsy
  7. Neurostimulation devices

Although not a requirement, our fellows are encouraged to select research and quality improvement projects and other scholarly activities with faculty support and supervision. In addition, our fellows are involved in resident teaching.


The epilepsy fellowship is composed of three main rotations:

  1. The adult inpatient epilepsy service at the GWUH which includes our EMU and the ICU/LTM prolonged EEG services.
  2. The outpatient rotation which includes reading outpatient EEGs (routine and ambulatory) as well as evaluating and managing epilepsy patients in the outpatient clinic with assigned epilepsy faculty.
  3. Pediatric epilepsy rotation (Pediatric EMU and outpatient clinic) at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC).

Our fellows are eligible for the ABPN epilepsy board certification.


We offer diverse and extensive didactics:

  1. Epilepsy Board Review Course, which is a 3-day comprehensive course designed to prepare physicians planning to certify in the ABPN Epilepsy Board Examination. The course is free of charge for our fellows. Find out more about the GW epilepsy board review course.
  2. Monthly epilepsy seminar series which features world renowned speakers. Find out more about the GW epilepsy seminar series
  3. Epilepsy/EEG lecture series, which is a series of lectures that cover the EEG basics, anti-seizure medication, neuroimaging in epilepsy and other clinical epilepsy topics.
  4. Journal club (every other Thursday). Find more about the GW epilepsy journal club. 
  5. Weekly epilepsy management conferences (joint conference with CNMC).
  6. EEG teaching sessions (every other Tuesday, for both residents and fellows)
  7. Weekly epilepsy lecture series in collaboration with the John's Hopkins University Epilepsy Center (every Friday at noon).

Our fellows are encouraged to attend the annual American epilepsy society meeting or other epilepsy related conferences.

Application process

Applicants interested in applying for the epilepsy fellowship should have completed an ACGME accredited neurology residency by the start of fellowship and should be board eligible. Our program is participating in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Please complete the application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Find out more by visiting NRMP and ERAS websites. 

For additional inquiries about the program, applicants may contact our fellowship coordinator Ms.Shardae Pierce (spierce@mfa.gwu.edu).

Our Faculty 


Dr. Mohamad Koubeissi

Mohamad Koubeissi

Interim Chair, Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine

Director, GW comprehensive epilepsy center

Residency: New York University 


- Johns Hopkins University- Epilepsy

Yamane Makke

Yamane Makke

Program director, epilepsy fellowship

Residency: The George Washington University-Neurology


- Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN- Epilepsy

- Vanderbilt University- Clinical Neurophysiology/EEG

Andrew Becker

Andrew Becker

Residency: North Shore University Hospital - Neurology

Dr. Alexandra Eid

Alexandra Eid

Residency: University of Chicago hospitals, Chicago, IL


- George Washington University- Epilepsy

- George Washington University- Clinical Neurophysiology/EEG

Dr. Victoria Vinarksy

Victoria Vinarsky

Residency: Children's National Hospital, Washington DC


- George Washington University- Epilepsy



Current Fellow

  • Omar Nofal, MD

    Residency: American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 2020

Former Fellows

  • Victoria Vinarsky

    Residency: Children's National Hospital, Washington DC, 2022

    Current: Assistant Professor of Neurology-The George Washington University

  • Alexandra Eid 

    Residency: University of Chicago hospitals, Chicago, 2021 

    Current: Assistant Professor of Neurology-The George Washington University

  • Shweta Varade 

    Residency: Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 2020

  • Asfi Rafiudin 

    Residency: The George Washington University, 2018 ​​​​​​

  • Alex Andrews 

    Residency: Children's National Hospital, 2019 

    Current: Assistant Professor - Georgetown University Medical Center

  • Yongxing Zhou 

    Residency: Howard University, 2017

    Current - Neurologist, MedStar St Mary's Hospital, Leonardtown, MD

  • Daniel Birnbaum 

    Residency: The George Washington University, 2016

    Current: Assistant Professor - Einstein Medical Center (Philadelphia, PA)