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Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYPWC) is a leader in clinical care, research, and education related to epilepsy, electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), neuromuscular disorders, intraoperative monitoring, and other aspects of neurophysiology. We offer several types of one-year ACGME-accredited clinical neurophysiology fellowship positions at NYPWC, the Weill Cornell Peripheral Neuropathy Center, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Comprehensive training in clinical neurophysiology appropriate for ABPN-CN certification in clinical neurophysiology is provided to all fellows. The program is designed primarily for applicants with a strong interest in a specific aspect of clinical neurophysiology. Subspecialty options include: 

  • Adult EEG/Epilepsy and Intraoperative Monitoring Track
  • Pediatric EEG/Epilepsy Track
  • EMG and Neuromuscular disease Track

For foreign applicants, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital ONLY sponsors J-1 visas through ECFMG.

Details

Both the adult and pediatric EEG/epilepsy fellows are responsible for supervised reading of routine EEGs (about 1,500 per year, including adults, children, and infants), evoked potentials (about 300 per year), and video-EEGs (some 600 per year). They also participate in related special procedures, such as Wada tests, intraoperative electrocorticography, and programming of vagal nerve stimulators. EEG/epilepsy fellows also participate in the care of inpatients undergoing video monitoring in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center's outpatient clinics. 

For approximately two months of the year, all EEG/epilepsy fellows have a hands-on role in EMG and related laboratory studies at the MSKCC campus and either NYPWC or the Weill Cornell Peripheral Neuropathy Center for adult and pediatric fellows, respectively.

Adult EEG/epilepsy fellows divide their time between both the NYPWC and MSKCC campuses. Intraoperative monitoring procedures -- including cortical mapping via evoked potentials and direct stimulation, EMG monitoring of skull base procedures, and EP monitoring of spinal cord procedures -- occur exclusively at the MSKCC campus. In addition, adult EEG/epilepsy fellows participate in weekly outpatient brain tumor epilepsy clinics while at the MSKCC campus.

Pediatric EEG/epilepsy fellows concentrate on inpatient and outpatient management of pediatric seizure disorders. Up to 11 months of the year are spent on the inpatient pediatric epilepsy service (including video-EEG reading), with the remainder on the adult epilepsy service. EEG/EP and EMG activities are similar to those of the adult epilepsy fellow in order to meet the clinical neurophysiology criteria for board eligibility. There is also an alternative option to rotate through the adult and pediatric sleep center in lieu of the EMG requirement.

EMG/neuromuscular disease fellows are responsible for supervised performance and interpretation of nerve conduction studies, electromyography, and related special studies such as neuromuscular transmission studies (about 900 per year) at at NYPWC, Peripheral Neuropathy Center, and Spine Center. EMG/neuromuscular disease fellows also perform consultations for inpatients with neuromuscular disease. At the Peripheral Neuropathy Center, fellows participate in monthly lecture series and focused research projects. For approximately two months of the year, EMG/neuromuscular disease fellows assume the EEG/epilepsy fellows' role in outpatient laboratory studies.

In addition, broad training in clinical neurophysiology for all fellows is assured via an extensive didactic program that includes weekly clinical neurophysiologic teaching conferences, surgical epilepsy conferences, and journal clubs that cover the full range of standard neurophysiologic procedures.

Application Information

Applicants must have completed an ACGME-approved residency in Neurology at the time of entrance into the program (typically July 1), and must be board-eligible in the Neurology section of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. To apply, send a letter of intent with a statement of career interests, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to the appropriate contact person listed below. Applicants are required to indicate and substantiate their area of subspecialty interest in the letter of intent.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, two years prior to the intended fellowship start date.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early and submit their applications in the summer.

For more information and to inquire about how to submit an application, please contact Pegah Afra, Program Director.  

Contact Info

Please send application materials DIRECTLY to the email addresses of the associated track directors listed below.  Please do not send application materials to the program coordinators.   

Adult EEG/Epilepsy track:
Pegah Afra, MD

Pediatric EEG/Epilepsy track:
Srishti Nangia, MD

EMG/Neuromuscular Disease track:
Michael Rubin, MD

Our Fellows

Class of 2021
Angela Curcio, M.D.
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Angela Curcio was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Italian Language and Culture at the University of Pittsburgh. She then earned her medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  Most recently, she graduated child neurology residency at Columbia University Medical Center. Angela is currently on the residents and fellows editorial board for the Journal of Child Neurology and a member of the AAN Enhanced Resident Leadership Program. In her spare time, Angela enjoys playing tennis, running, going to comedy shows, and baking Italian cookies.

Mikel Shea Ehntholt, M.D.
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Shea was born in Florida and raised in North Jersey and has traveled across the world by way of his military service. He enjoys being outdoors, running in Central Park, and exploring NYC. He is an enthusiastic NY Mets fan and was named after their old stadium. Within Neurology, he is especially interested in traumatic brain injury.

Tahsin Khan, M.D.
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Tahsin is originally from Albany, New York and stayed local when she attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for her undergraduate degree, with a major in Biology/Science and Technology studies. She went on to earn her medical degree from Stony Brook University Hospital. She also stayed on for adult neurology residency at Stony Brook University Hospital. She is particularly interested in status epilepticus management. She is also very involved and passionate about resident/physician wellness and hopes to be more involved in this type of work in the future. When not working, she spends her free time reading, writing, and running outdoors.

Ashwin Malhotra, M.D.
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Ashwin grew up in Long Island, NY. He enjoys lifting weights, playing basketball, and will always be a Knicks fan at heart. His academic interests have involved studying Glutamate receptor physiology, understanding mechanisms in major depression, and medical education. Within Neurology, Ashwin enjoys Epilepsy, General Neurology, Neuro-critical Care, and Neuromuscular Medicine. Most significantly, Ashwin loves Manhattan and is excited to explore NYC during his time here.

Bhavan Shah, M.D., MPH
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Bhavan was born in Gujarat, India moved to Cleveland and trained at Cleveland clinic Foundation Fairview hospital. He did is MPH from Cleveland state university with majors in biostatistics. He is very interested in Vascular Neurology and Neuro Critical-care. Apart from academics, he loves traveling and is passionate about traveling photography.

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