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Fellowship

Program Overview

We have recently merged our Neuro/HIV fellowship and the Multiple Sclerosis fellowship into our new combined Neuro-Immunology Fellowship Program. This allows us to combine training in clinical care, as well as in basic and clinical research in the fields of Neuro-HIV and Neuro Infectious Diseases, and in Multiple Sclerosis. Our aim is to help young neurologists become independent clinician scientists and future leaders of these sub-specialties covering the entire immunological spectrum.

This 2-3 years fellowship is open to board eligible or certified neurologists in the US, or to foreign-trained neurologists with a valid ECFMG certificate. Fellows will participate in the outpatient clinic of the HIV/Neurology Center under the direct supervision of Dr. Koralnik, and in the Multiple Sclerosis outpatient clinic under the direct supervision of Dr. Sloane and Dr. Stein.

They will learn how to care for HIV-infected patients presenting with neurological disorders, and for patients with a variety of Neuro Infectious Diseases as well as patients with Multiple Sclerosis and other auto-immune diseases of the nervous system. They will have the opportunity to participate to didactic teaching conferences at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School.

Fellows will also participate in clinical and basic science research projects and will be integrated in the dynamic research group of the Koralnik Laboratory. They will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare IRB protocols, and how to design and conduct clinical research studies. They will be able to participate to a variety of ongoing basic research studies in the laboratory, and will be trained in cutting edge techniques of neuro-virology, molecular biology, cellular immunology, and histology relevant to their projects. Fellows will also be trained in manuscript preparation and grant writing. They will be mentored in submitting a grant application to National or International funding agencies.

In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with our Global Neurology Research Center at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. Limited or extended periods of training at UTH will be considered during the second or third year of fellowship. Fellow will learn how to diagnose and treat a variety of tropical diseases affecting the nervous system that are rarely seen in the US under the direct supervision of Dr. Siddiqi. They will also learn how to practice Neurology in resources-limited setting, and will actively participate to the teaching of the local house-staff.

Faculty

Current Program Fellows

  • Dhanashri Miskin, MD, HIV/Neurology Fellow
  • Spyridon Chalkias, MD, Infectious Disease Fellow

Program Alumni


  • 1999-2004 Renaud Du Pasquier, MD (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • 2003-2005 Marco Lima, MD, PhD (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 2005-2007 Francisco Bernal, MD (Bogota, Colombia)
  • 2008-2012 Sarah Gheuens, MD
  • 2010-2014 Omar Siddiqi, MD
  • 2012-2013 Michael Khoury, MD
  • 2013-2014 Shruti Agnihotri, MD

Application Process

Please send your CV, and a cover letter stating your interest for this fellowship, your long term career goals, and the full contact information of three references to:

Igor Koralnik, MD
Chief, Division of Neuro-Immunology
Director, HIV/Neurology Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
E/CLS - 1005
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA, 02215
Phone: 617-735-4460
Fax: 617-735-4527
Email: ikoralni@bidmc.harvard.edu

Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Start date of the fellowship is flexible. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply at least 9 months prior.

Contact Information

HIV/Neurology Center
Confidential Line
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-0449