Vascular Neurology

Diffusion-perfusion mismatch; panels one and two display a lack of perfusion, panels three and four are following reperfusion
Above: Diffusion-perfusion mismatch; panels one and two display a lack of perfusion, panels three and four are following reperfusion

The goal of the ACGME-accredited vascular neurology educational program at NIH/NINDS is to cultivate an environment that facilitates learning through didactic and clinical experiences and provides trainees with the requisite skills necessary to become an academic vascular neurologist.  The vascular neurology fellowship program provides trainees with a broad-based clinical experience, an extensive series of lectures and seminars, opportunities to participate in research and scholarly activities, and career counseling and mentoring.

The educational program consists of a core curriculum that contains essential basic and clinical science training that enables each resident to be proficient in field of vascular neurology.  Our faculty are dedicated to patient care, teaching, scholarship, research, and intellectual interest and provides the infrastructure and training for the vascular neurology resident.  The faculty utilizes a teaching approach that fosters student enthusiasm, critical thinking, and commitment to lifelong learning.

The program offers a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship with the opportunity to extend the fellowship for additional years of research-focused training for those interested in an academic or research track.

The clinical activities of the NIH Stroke Program take place at the NIH Clinical Center (the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research), Suburban Hospital (a 230-bed community hospital and a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine located directly across from the NIH Campus), MedStar Washington Hospital Center (a 912-bed major teaching and research hospital located in Washington, DC) and the National Rehabilitation Hospital. This unique program provides trainees with an opportunity to evaluate and manage patients in academic, research, and community hospital settings and access to a diverse population with a wide range of cerebrovascular disorders.

Program Highlights

  • A comprehensive clinical experience which includes training at top hospitals in Metro Washington DC
  • Teaching experience with residents (Georgetown and National Naval residency programs)
  • Exposure to a racially and socioeconomically diverse patient population
  • Program faculty which includes board certified vascular neurologists, non-physician providers, scientists, and NIH investigators
  • An extensive didactic program that consists of imaging rounds, case conferences, outside speakers, and journal clubs
  • Telestroke training
  • Advanced training in neurovascular interpretation {TCD} and MRI
  • Training and participation in clinical research
  • Access to additional training opportunities and career development programs on NIH campus.
  • A highly competitive fellowship stipend

The NIH/NINDS Stroke Research Program focuses on scientific advances for novel acute stroke and secondary prevention strategies.  Areas of current research include the following:

  • MRI-guided diagnosis and management of Acute Stroke
  • The natural history of stroke evolution on MRI
  • Adjunctive therapies to augment the efficacy, safety of tPA and endovascular treatments
  • Blood-Brain barrier disruption in people with white matter hyperintensities who have had a stroke
  • Evaluation, Pathogenesis, and Treatment of Patients with or at Risk for Cerebrovascular Disease 


John Lynch, D.O., M.P.H., Program Director and Staff Clinician, Stroke Diagnostics and Therapeutics Section, Stroke Branch, NINDS/NIH, PubMed.

Malik Adil, M.D., Medical Director, Suburban Hospital – Johns Hopkins Medicine, Stroke Program

Shannon Burton, C.R.N.P., MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Stroke Program

Rebecca Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Stroke Branch, NINDS/NIH,

Amie Hsia, M.D., Medical Director, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Stroke Program

Yongwoo Kim, M.D., Vascular Neurologist, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Stroke Program

Lawrence Latour, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Acute Cerebrovascular Diagnostics Unit, Stroke Branch, NINDS/NIH, PubMed.

Marie Luby, Ph.D., Imaging Scientist, Stroke Diagnostics and Therapeutics Section, Stroke Branch, NINDS/NIH

Pat Lyall, Program Coordinator, Stroke Branch, NINDS/NIH,

Sana Somani, M.D., Vascular Neurologist, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Stroke Program

Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S., Director of the Division of Clinical Research, NINDS/NIH,