Vascular Neurology Fellowship


The George Washington University, in collaboration with the Virginia Hospital Center, offers a one-year vascular neurology fellowship program with the option to complete an additional two-year endovascular neurosurgery fellowship. Our goal is to train highly skilled, professional and compassionate specialists in vascular neurology. Our program has a strong clinical focus with an understanding of the importance of engaging in research to better the lives of the patients in our community, as well as regionally and nationally. We place a strong emphasis on practicing evidence-based medicine but holistically applying the knowledge to the needs of the individual.

Group of fellows in front of a Stroke Awareness Day banner on campus

Application Process

We currently have an open position starting July 1, 2021 for a one year vascular neurology fellowship. We are ACGME accredited  (1881018801) and for a position starting July 1, 2022 please apply through ERAS.  We plan to offer interviews in mid-February 2021 with an interview day in early March 2021.


To be eligible for the Vascular Neurology Fellowship, you must:

  • be a graduate of any LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) or AOA (American Osteopathic Association) accredited medical school, or an international medical graduate who holds a valid ECFMG (Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate. International medical graduates must have one of the following: 

    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Permanent legal residency status (i.e. green card)
  • be in good standing with, and anticipated completion of, an ACGME accredited Adult Neurology Residency 

  • be eligible for board certification in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology 

  • be eligible to obtain a full, unrestricted license to practice neurology in the state of Virginia and the District of Columbia 


Applications will be accepted and reviewed via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The program participates through the NRMP Vascular Neurology Match Process

Application Requirements:

  • 3 Letter of Recommendation
  • Medical School Transcript 
  • Copy of Medical School Diploma 
  • Copy of Medical Education Exam Scores (National Boards, FLEX, ECFMG exam and valid exam and valid certificate, FMGEMS, USMLE, COMLEX)
  • Personal Statement

Timeline for Application, Interview, and Selection Process

ERAS opens

January 23

Application Deadline

March 1


February and March

Rank Order Certification

May 1

Match Day

May 15


13 (4-week) Block Rotations

Inpatient Stoke Wards at GWU and VHC (5 blocks)- Fellows are responsible in providing clinical care for the inpatient stroke and consultation service. The fellow is expected to lead formal rounds and provide education and oversight for the rotating residents and medical students. Home-call, similar to the call taken by the attendings, is expected during the inpatient stroke ward months. The fellow is expected to round and cover two weekends during each block.

Neuro-IR at GWU and/or VHC (1 block)- Fellows have an opportunity to work in the neuroendovascular suite. If the fellow intends to pursue an neuroendovascular surgical fellowship after completion of the vascular neurology fellowship then competency and completion of a minimum of 100 diagnostic cerebral angiograms is expected. No call or weekend coverage is expected.

Inpatient Acute Rehab at GWU (1 block)- Fellows are expected to learn the basics in acute stroke recovery. No call or weekend coverage is expected.

Outpatient Stroke at GWU (4 blocks)- Fellows are responsible for evaluating and managing patients with stroke in the outpatient setting including transitions clinic, second opinions/consultations, and chronic care. No call or weekend coverage is expected.

Research (1 block)- Fellows are expected to serve as a sub-PI for all clinical trials and screen and enroll patients during business hours. Additionally, the fellow is expected to engage in an independent scholarly project. No call or weekend coverage is expected.

Conferences- the fellow is expected to attend the Neurovascular Ultrasound Course at Wake Forest as well as the International Stroke Conference.

Vacation (1 block)- 4 weeks of vacation per year.

Example Schedule







Stroke  GWU

Stroke GWU

Stroke  GWU/VHC

Stroke VHC

Stroke VHC









Outpatient GWU

Outpatient GWU

Outpatient GWU

Outpatient GWU

Neuro IR

Acute Rehab


Core Faculty

zurab nadareishvili

Zurab Nadareishvili, MD, PhD

Virginia Hospital Center

Associate Professor of Neurology

Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program Director

Stroke Director- Virginia Hospital Center

Kathleen Burger

Kathleen Burger, DO

The George Washington University

Associate Professor of Neurology

Stroke Director- George Washington University Hospital

Soha Sadeghikhah

Soha Sadeghikhah, MD

The George Washington University

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Benny Kim

Benny Kim, MD

Virginia Hospital Center

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Interventional Neurologist- Virginia Hospital Center

John Rothrock

John Rothrock, MD

George Washington University

Professor of Neurology

Vice Chair in the Department of Neurology

Mark D. Baker

Mark D. Baker, MD

George Washington University

Assistant Professor of Neurology


For questions, please contact the fellowship coordinator, Christiana Asante at, or (202) 655-5887.