Stanford Stroke Center Vascular Neurology Fellowship

The Stanford Stroke Center at Stanford University School of Medicine offers a comprehensive, ACGME-accredited, 1-year fellowship in Vascular Neurology.

Goals and Objectives of the Fellowship

  • Provide quality care to both inpatients and outpatients with vascular neurologic disorders
  • Gain an understanding of the process of clinical research in vascular neurology and become skilled at critical evaluation of stroke literature 
  • Learn from the diverse neurologic disorders seen in various patient populations 
  • Gain proficiency with the acute treatment of vascular neurologic emergencies
  • Develop expertise in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of vascular neurologic disorders
  • Acquire skills to teach neurology to medical students, interns, and neurology residents.


Fellows receive training in the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral infarction, transient brain ischemia, brain hemorrhage, and all of the following areas of Vascular Neurology:

  • Cardiogenic brain embolism
  • Large vessel extracranial cerebral atherosclerosis
  • Large vessel intracranial cerebral atherosclerosis
  • Aortic arch cerebral and spinal embolism
  • Small cerebral artery occlusive disease (i.e. lacunar strokes)
  • Hemodynamic brain ischemia
  • Migraine
  • Hereditary and acquired hypercoagulable states, including antiphospholipid antibody syndromes
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, other hematological disorders
  • Substance abuse and drug toxicities
  • Hypertensive encephalopathy/Posterior Reversible Leukoencephalopathy Syndrome
  • Cervical artery dissection
  • Non-atherosclerotic vasculopathies including genetic/idiopathic (i.e. Moya-moya), inflammatory (i.e vasculitis), and infectious
  • Radiation vasculopathy
  • Cerebral venous thrombosis
  • Genetic and metabolic disorders
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Subdural hematomas/epidural hematomas
  • Spinal cord infarction
  • Complications of vascular disease, including raised intracranial pressure, infections, and deep venous thrombosis
  • Management of extraventricular drains
  • Indications for surgical management of brain ischemia and hemorrhage
  • Vascular malformations
  • Air/fat embolism
  • Stroke in malignancy, immunosuppression, and as a consequence of systemic illnesses/conditions

Fellows also receive training in the assessment and management of critically ill patients including those with stroke, status epilepticus, raised intracranial pressure, and patients undergoing therapeutic hypothermia, among others.  Fellows can participate in pre- and post-op management of neurosurgical and endovascular patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage, Moya-Moya disease, and traumatic brain injury.


The fellowship consists of 9 months of clinical rotations, typically, 6 months on the inpatient Stroke Service, 3 months of outpatient stroke clinic or Neurocritical care and 3 months elective/research time. The fellowship can be geared towards the individual interests of the fellow; research mentorship is available to those who want to explore clinical or basic science research. Fellows are board eligible for Vascular Neurology board certification upon completion of the fellowship.


The Director of the Fellowship is Greg Albers, MD. Fellows receive training from our full time faculty members which include 9 vascular neurologists, 3 neurointerventionalists and 2 vascular neurosurgeons.

How to Apply

We are participating in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) and all applications are submitted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please apply at .  Applications open on December 1st.

Applicants must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited Neurology residency and eligible for medical licensure in the state of California. Stanford University is committed to increasing representation of women and members of minority groups and particularly encourages applications from such candidates.

Inquiries about the fellowship in general should be sent to Evelyn Ray at