Message from the Stroke Fellowship Director

Thank you for your interest in the vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. It is our mission to train the next generation of leading vascular neurologists. Our fellowship offers integrated training, collaboration, and committed mentorship from a diverse array of faculty, including: vascular neurologists, neurointensivists, endovascular surgical neuroradiologists, cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, and neuroradiologists. Among their numerous accomplishments, many of our faculty have been individually recognized for their dedication to education.

We endeavor to provide exceptional didactic and clinical training in a supportive environment that fosters the academic and personal growth of our fellows. A robust clinical experience is supplemented by extensive research and teaching opportunities which, in combination with a wide variety of electives, facilitate personalized training for careers as an academic vascular neurologist, endovascular surgical neuroradiologist, or neurohospitalist.

We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis. Please contact me with any questions.

Christopher Streib, MD, MS
Stroke Fellowship Director

Vascular Neurology Fellowship

This ACGME-accredited vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals provides one year of training in emergency management of stroke, neurocritical care, application of modern neuroimaging techniques, rehabilitation and stroke prevention. Opportunity to proceed into an accredited endovascular surgical neuroradiology (ESN) fellowship or StrokeNet research training may be available for qualified and interested applicants.

Fellows who successfully complete the VN fellowship are eligible to sit for the sub-specialty board examination in vascular neurology (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology).

Rotations include:

  • Stroke
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Electives
    • Research
    • Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Neuroradiology
    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (stroke-focused)
    • Others electives available based upon interest

As part of the stroke code activation team VN fellows lead the emergent treatment of stroke patients seen in person and at our partner telestroke hospitals. Fellows take on a leadership role when rounding with the stroke and neurocritical care teams which typically include: medical students, both neurology and off-service residents, a nurse practitioner, and the attending physician. Fellows also participate regularly in stroke clinics.


All fellows are required to complete at least one research project during the year and will be submitted for presentation at a national meeting (such as the International Stroke Conference) and publication. Fellows are mentored in this process by the faculty of their choice who will guide the project to completion.

Additionally, the University of Minnesota actively participates in ongoing pivotal stroke clinical trials such as DEFUSE-3, POINT, SHINE, and CREST-2, as well as locally-driven clinical research. Fellows are co-investigators on all active trials and will gain valuable experience assisting in the recruitment and enrollment process. Through an NIH-funded Stroke Research Network (StrokeNet) grant, support for further clinical research training may be available as a second year with a research focus.


VN fellows have a leading role in educating our medical students, residents, and their co-fellows. There are ample opportunities to engage in teaching formally and informally during fellowship training through rounding, literature review, conferences, and invited lectures. Fellows are also encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to join our staff in community outreach, presentations via telestroke at our partner hospitals, and local conferences.


Multiple weekly conferences are dedicated to fellow education (detailed information is available in the online program manual). Weekly conferences include:

  • Stroke and Neurocritical Care Didactic Weekly Series
    • 1st Tuesday of the month: Mortality and Morbidity
    • 2nd Tuesday of the month: Journal Club
    • 3rd Tuesday of the month: Challenging Cases
    • 4th/5th Tuesday of teh month: Faculty lectures
  • Neuroradiology Case Conference (weekly)
  • Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Case Conference (weekly)
  • Grand Rounds (weekly)

Department & Faculty

This fellowship is one of the Department of Neurology's graduate medical education training programs that has continuously graduated neurology and subspecialty trainees since the 1940s. Among the significant strengths of the vascular neurology fellowship are the range and depth of the clinical experience provided at two teaching hospitals and comprehensive stroke centers, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Hennepin County Medical Center. An integrated telestroke program within the university hospital system ensures exposure to a diverse range of uncommon and emergent stroke cases in addition to training in telestroke. However, the program’s greatest asset remains the commitment of the faculty at each of these hospitals to patient care, education, and scholarship, and the focus on both clinical and basic research in a diverse neuroscience community.

The University of Minnesota Stroke Center Program is comprised of specialists in stroke, neurocritical care, endovascular surgical neuroradiology, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology.

Vascular Neurology Fellowship Faculty and Specialty

Fellowship Program Directors

Chris Streib, MD, MS             Vascular Neurology
(Vascular Neurology Fellowship Director)

Mustapha Ezzeddine, MD     Vascular Neurology and Neurocritical Care
(StrokeNet Fellowship Director)

Ahmed Reshi, MD                  Neurocritical Care
(Neurocritical Care Fellowship Director)

Ramachandra Tummala, MD Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery and Endovascular Neuroradiology
(Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Fellowship Director)

Additional Faculty
Jae Kim, MD (Vascular Neurology)
David Anderson, MD, FAAN (Vascular Neurology)
Benjamin Miller, MD (Vascular Neurology and Neurocritical Care)
Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, MD, PhD (Vascular Neurology; Associate Professor, School of Public Health; Director of Graduate Studies: Masters of Science in Clinical Research, School of Public Health)
Oladi Bentho, MD, MS (Neurocritical Care)
Bryan Moore, MD (Neurocritical Care)
Andrew Grande, MD (Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery and Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology)
Bharathi Jagadeesan, MD (Neuroradiology and Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology)

Duration of accredited Vascular Neurology Fellowship: One year
Number of Fellows per Year: Three

Requirements & Application Procedures

Applicants must have completed an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians accredited residency in neurology and passed the USMLE Step 3 examination before entrance into the program and must be board-eligible/certified in neurology.

Three training tracks are available (See ERAS for specifics):

  • Vascular neurology: one year of accredited vascular neurology fellowship
  • Vascular neurology / StrokeNet research: one year of accredited vascular neurology fellowship plus one year of NIH-funded StrokeNet research. Additional information may be requested from StrokeNet coordinator Kathleen Miller at mill4109@umn.edu.
  • Vascular neurology/endovascular surgical neuroradiology: one year of accredited vascular neurology fellowship, one year of preliminary (non-accredited) training, plus the ACGME-accredited senior endovascular surgical neuroradiology year.

Please apply to our program through ERAS and indicate the track or tracks in which you may be interested. You will be able to refine the list during an interview visit. If you are aware that the two- or three-year tracks are of interest to you, you must make application to that effect by February 1st. Positions are filled through the NRMP match (See dates on the NRMP website).

Please upload the following materials to the ERAS system and register with NRMP. ERAS document uploads take place December-January. The NRMP Match opens in late January, the rank-order list deadline is first week of May, and Match Day falls in mid-May. Our interviews are planned for February-March.

  • Your latest curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (signed, on letterhead)
  • A personal statement of interest in this subspecialty/ies and career path
  • Copy of USMLE/COMLEX examination score reports for Steps 1, 2 and 3
  • Email indication of visa status
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate (if international medical graduate)

Vascular Neurology Fellowship Contact Information
Christopher Streib, MD, MS, Fellowship Program Director
Email: streib@umn.edu

Cathie Witzel, Fellowship Coordinator
Email: witz0007@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-1969
FAX: 612-624-0687, Attn: Cathie.

Competitive applicants will be invited to visit the University of Minnesota for an interview with the Program Director and selected faculty members.

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