Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Adult Neurology Residency Program Virtual Tour

Through a robust clinical care experience and complementary clinical, translational and basic science research programs, Montefiore Einstein’s Adult Neurology Residency Program trains the next generation of outstanding clinical neurologists, physician-scientists and basic science researchers in a cooperative, interdisciplinary environment.

Mark Mehler, MD, Chair, Department of Neurology, and Mark Milstein, MD, Director, Adult Neurology Residency Program

Why our program could be right for you

The Adult Neurology Residency Program offers residents outstanding clinical experience, mentorship and the opportunity to provide care to a diverse community. Our department is committed to the collaboration of patient and provider, and of clinician and scientist. Residents are exposed to advanced diagnostic and treatment modalities, as well as to active clinical and bench research opportunities.

What sets Montefiore Einstein apart

At Montefiore Einstein, we are guided by a mission to heal, to teach, to discover and to advance the health of the communities we serve. Comprising 11 member hospitals and more than 200 specialty care sites, Montefiore Health System provides highly specialized, coordinated care for diverse populations in the New York region, across the country and globally.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, home to nearly 1,000 students in its MD, PhD and combined MD/PhD programs, is one of the nation’s preeminent centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. Through the joint efforts of Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Einstein is able to advance research and accelerate discoveries, benefiting patients and ensuring access to state-of-the-art healthcare for all.  

  • Montefiore’s medical specialties ranked as top 1% in the nation by U.S. News and World Report
  • Nationally ranked in Adult and Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) recognized as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News and World Report
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine ranked a top 50 “Best Medical School for Research in the Country, 2020” by U.S. News and World Report 
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Einstein $178M+ in research funding in 2019, placing Einstein 34th among 142 schools of medicine
  • 380+ NIH-funded grants awarded to Einstein
  • 700+ clinical trials 
Catherine C. Skae, MD, Vice President and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education at Montefiore Einstein

Representing one of the top 10 largest medical and surgical training programs in the country, Montefiore Health System and our Albert Einstein College of Medicine provide postgraduate clinical training to more than 1,400 residents and fellows per year. Clinicians across Montefiore Einstein’s numerous educational programs actively mentor and cultivate a new generation of healthcare leaders. 

Our mission to improve access and quality of care for our diverse community draws residents and fellows from top medical, dental and PA schools from around the world. We develop and expand programs designed to advance teamwork, communication and decision-making, and our progressive focus on comprehensive care provides an ideal training ground for our residents and fellows.

To make the process of working and training at Montefiore Einstein more seamless, we offer a variety of services for our house staff, physician assistants and interns, including assistance with credentialing and orientation, institutional resources, visas, contracts, HR documents, payroll, notary services and specialty training and certifications. 

Montefiore Einstein by the numbers

7.7 million+

patient interactions annually  

1.1 million+

patients annually, representing the largest network in the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley


specialty care locations, with more coming soon



Home to notable programs and our Centers of Excellence

With more than 700 beds, the Moses Campus is our largest teaching hospital and home to our Center for Comprehensive Stroke Care, the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the largest emergency department in the Montefiore Health System. Our Moses Campus is also the site of an active consultation service, an ambulatory neurology clinic and inpatient wards for general neurology and stroke, and an epilepsy monitoring unit.

Montefiore Einstein is truly a special place to learn and practice neurology. It is rare to find a department with so many supportive, intelligent and caring colleagues.

Jad Donato, MD

Chief Resident, 2019–20

An academic hospital adjacent to our Albert Einstein College of Medicine

At the Jack D. Weiler Hospital, residents rotate on an active neurology consultation service, where they encounter patients with diverse backgrounds and complex neurological problems. Residents gain exposure across Weiler’s range of clinical settings, including an emergency department, inpatient medical and surgical services, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, critical care units, labor and delivery, oncology, the newborn nursery and the neonatal intensive care unit. Additionally, Weiler serves as the inpatient site for our Headache Center.

In working with our residents, I look to improve not only their clinical proficiency, but also their personal development, which I believe adds to their ability to take care of patients as a whole.

Cynthia E. Armand, MD

Director, Headache Medicine Fellowship Program

A partner teaching hospital designated as a Level 1 trauma center

A partner of Montefiore Health System, Jacobi Medical Center offers numerous centers of excellence, as well as trauma and stroke centers. Jacobi’s unique patient population exposes residents to a broad range of neurologic disorders. A new ambulatory care pavilion houses adult and pediatric neurology continuity clinics, allowing the delivery of high-quality care in a modern environment.

An ambulatory surgery center and specialty care location

Our world-class Hutchinson Campus raises the bar for efficiency and innovation in healthcare. The facility is where patient-focused ambulatory care is provided, and is home to the Headache Center, the Multiple Sclerosis Care Center and our Interventional Pain Management Center, which represents a unique collaboration between the departments of neurology, anesthesia and rehabilitation medicine.

A premier academic children’s hospital

Built in 2001, the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) is the only pediatric facility in the Bronx and home to one of the busiest ambulatory programs in the country. All subspecialties are represented within this 193-bed facility, making it a premier setting for our residents to learn. Residents spend much of their pediatric neurology rotations at CHAM, which also houses a six-bed pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit and pediatric intensive care unit.

A world-renowned faculty

Mark Milstein, MD

Director, Adult Neurology Residency Program
Associate Professor, Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology
Associate Professor, Medicine

Mark F. Mehler, MD

Chair, Neurology
Director, Institute for Brain Disorders and Neural Regeneration
Alpern Professor and University Chair, Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Lenore Ocava, MD

Associate Director, Adult Neurology Residency Program
Associate Professor, Neurology

Sheryl Haut, MD

Chief of Service, Neurology
Director, Adult Epilepsy Program
Professor, Neurology

Charles Esenwa, MD

Medical Director, Montefiore’s Center for Comprehensive Stroke Care
Assistant Professor, Neurology

Shari Archilla

Coordinator, Adult Neurology Residency Program

Current residents

Sneha Bagchi, MD

2024 Graduate

Christopher Hernandez, MD

2024 Graduate

Nicole Holtzman-Hayes, MD

2024 Graduate

Liane Hunter, MD

2024 Graduate

Sally Ladsaria, MD

2024 Graduate

Lianed Perez Mercado, MD

2024 Graduate

Irvin Nasseri, MD

2024 Graduate

Jessalyn Shen, MD

2024 Graduate

Stephanie Yuen, MD

2024 Graduate

Ali Aziz, MD


Samantha Cheng, MD


Arun Job, MD


Vanessa Lee, MD


Jinyuan Liu, MD


Varun Pandya, MD


Austin Saline, MD


Gautham Upadrasta, MD


Dan Zhao, MD


Golnoush Akhlaghipour, MD


Seyhmus Aydemir, MD


Maksim Bakrenev, MD


Trisha Chabria, MD


Thomas Draper, MD


Michelle Ganat, MD


Rishi Gupta, MD


Shiv Kumar Jha, MD


Hamza Khan-Tareen, MD


Chin Lun Lin (Hank), MD


Dorothy Nguyen, MD


Jeremy Wong, MD


Maisha Ahmed, MD


Kunal Debroy, MD


Armin Garcia, MD


Stella Iskandarian, MD


Esther Levison, MD


James Michael Limonta, MD


Erick Martinez, MD


Swanny Shi, MD


Alejandro Sosa, MD


Sarah Huishan Wang, MD


Michelle Yi, MD


Haider Al-Hakeem, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

Jennifer Dai, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

George Gayed, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

Luke Kim, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

Mahitha Koduri, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

Harrison Lee, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

Kennan Negrete, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

Colin Ness, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

Ashini Patel, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

Rohan Patel, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

Yael Schiller, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

Namal Seneviratne, MD

2024 Incoming PGY-1

A challenging and innovative curriculum

Our curriculum takes a multi-pronged approach to neurology education, and includes hands-on workshops, bedside teaching, a world-class grand rounds program, traditional didactic sessions and resident-run lectures with faculty moderators.

An unmatched diversity of experience

As a premier academic medical center serving the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Montefiore Einstein offers its postgraduate trainees comprehensive exposure to a broad diversity of patients and pathologies. The diverse range of experience available prepares our postgraduate trainees for future careers in their chosen field, be it in the research or clinical and/or non-clinical setting.

Hear from our residents

As one of the top 10 largest medical and surgical training programs in the country, Montefiore Einstein provides postgraduate clinical training to more than 1,400 residents across 106 accredited residency and fellowship programs. Here, our postgraduate trainees share their own first-hand experiences.

Adult Neurology Fellowships

Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program

Our one-year Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program focuses on all aspects of cerebrovascular diseases, and provides care ranging from state-of-the-art acute stroke treatment to stroke prevention. Working in the Montefiore Comprehensive Center for Stroke Care, the highest volume center of its kind in New York City, fellows are provided comprehensive exposure to the evaluation and management of both common and uncommon cerebrovascular diagnoses. The fellowship emphasizes interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary patient care, and is accompanied by a robust didactic program. Upon completion of training, fellows are well prepared to take on academic, hospitalist or stroke director roles. 

Epilepsy Fellowship Program

Our one-year, ACGME-accredited Epilepsy Fellowship Program provides trainees extensive exposure within the epilepsy monitoring unit and outpatient settings, as well as experience with long-term EEG monitoring studies of critically ill patients. During training, fellows divide time equally between the adult and pediatric services, and participate in the interdisciplinary evaluation of patients for epilepsy surgery. Our program emphasizes the integration of historical data, phase 1 EEG data, high-density EEG studies, neuropsychological information and MRI, SPECT and PET studies. This emphasis supports the development of surgical hypotheses and plan intracranial investigations as well as the selection of patients for resective surgery, thermoablation or neurostimulation. As part of their clinical experience, fellows participate in intracarotid sodium amobarbital procedures (Wada tests), sEEG and grid-strip phase 2 monitoring, electrocorticography and intra- and extra-operative functional mapping. While working in dedicated clinics, fellows learn to program responsive neurostimulation (RNS) and vagus nerve stimulators (VNS). Additionally, fellows learn to select patients for dietary treatment of epilepsy in collaboration with an epilepsy-trained nutritionist. Elective and research time is tailored to the trainee’s interests and career goals.

Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program

Available to graduates of ACGME-accredited neurology residencies, our Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship provides fellows with comprehensive training in the evaluation and management of adult and pediatric outpatient and inpatient neuromuscular disorders. 

Our curriculum includes subspecialty clinics (MDA and Myasthenia), neuromuscular consultation, electrodiagnostic testing, neuromuscular ultrasound, neuropathology (skin, nerve, muscle), extensive didactics and opportunities for clinical research. 

Following training, fellows are prepared for academic and private practice opportunities, and are eligible to sit for board certification with the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology—Added Qualifications in Neuromuscular Medicine and in Neuromuscular Ultrasound (ABPN—AQNM and AQNU). 

Headache Medicine Fellowship Program

First opened in the 1940s to treat returning WWII veterans with post-traumatic headaches, the Montefiore Einstein Headache Center is the first center in the world dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders and facial pain. The Center is committed to excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders, advancing the current knowledge of headache through research and moving scientific discoveries into clinical practice. 

Our one-year, UCNS-accredited Adult Fellowship Program exposes fellows to a wide breadth of headache disorders in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Led by a growing faculty, our program instills in our fellows unique principles of individualized headache evaluation and patient-centered approaches to treatment. Past trainees of our program have gone on to become leading and influential experts in the headache field. 

Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program

The Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Einstein was established in 1975 as a clinical and research facility, one of only a few of its kind at the time. In 1977, the program became the first to be accredited by the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers, now known as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Since its inception, our Sleep-Wake Disorders Center has cared for patients with a wide range of conditions, including sleep-related breathing disorders, parasomnias, insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders and sleep disorders associated with medical and psychiatric disorders. 

ACGME-accredited since 2005, our one-year Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program is devoted to ambulatory and inpatient clinical experiences and offers fellows the opportunity to rotate through three primary areas of sleep medicine at Montefiore Einstein: the adult neurology-focused Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, the pediatric Sleep Disorders Center at CHAM and the pulmonary-focused Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders facility. Additionally, fellows may rotate with dentists performing oral appliance fittings for sleep apnea management and ENTs evaluating patients for surgical options for sleep apnea management. 

Fellows benefit from a number of ongoing clinical research and pharmaceutical research trials between the Sleep Medicine Training Program and various other departments within Montfiore-Einstein. 

Cognitive Neurology Fellowship Program

Our one-year, UCNS-accredited Geriatric Neurology Fellowship Program offers fellows highly supervised training within the Montefiore Hudson Valley Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease (CEAD) and in conjunction with the Montefiore Einstein Center for the Aging Brain (CAB). This program benefits from the CEAD’s expanding network of hospitals and physician groups in the Hudson Valley, and CAB’s years of expertise and best-in-class practices. While training, fellows also have access to research and training opportunities within Montefiore Einstein. 

Fellows of the program are taught one-on-one by a multidisciplinary team of specialists that include board certified neurologists, geriatricians, neuropsychologists, geriatric psychiatrists and social workers. Training takes place at the Diagnostic and Resource Center, which offers advanced care and services to its patients, including treatment, support, counseling, education and assistance with community-based services for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and their families.

The CEAD is one of ten Alzheimer’s Disease Centers of Excellence supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health. The grant supports an ambitious program that endeavors to expand knowledge about Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and improve access to screening, diagnosis and clinical trial opportunities for patients. The program also provides community-based support services for these patients and their caregivers, and offers training programs for providers in all clinical disciplines. During their training, fellows have ample opportunity to lead patient care and to assume greater responsibility over residents and medical students. Fellows also gain exposure to clinical trials, and have access to a strong research foundation under NIH grants. 

Live and work close to the best of everything

The Bronx, New York City’s northernmost borough, is a culturally rich neighborhood placed at the intersection of Manhattan and its surrounding regions. Our postgraduate trainees typically live in hospital housing or off-site in nearby Riverdale, Lower Westchester or Manhattan, and have access to an unmatched diversity of experiences beyond the program itself. 

In the Bronx, with its ample parks and gardens, you’ll learn first-hand why it’s known as “the City’s Greenest Borough.” The neighborhood offers plenty of local food, art, sports and culture, and is just a subway ride away from Manhattan’s famed theaters, museums and attractions. 

As a resident of the Tri-State region, you’ll have unmatched access to the city’s cultural offerings, not to mention the bounty of outdoor excursions that are available just beyond. Day-trips and weekend excursions to the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Long Island or New Jersey provide ample opportunities for swimming, hiking, biking, skiing and other seasonal activities. 

Drag map or zoom to explore things to do in the Bronx, Manhattan and beyond. 

Residency Application Information

We’re seeking residents who will shape the future of healthcare.

If you would like to apply to become an Adult Neurology Resident at Montefiore Einstein, here is some information to keep in mind.

  • September 25th, 2024—Complete application due with at least two letters of recommendation, preferably three. New applications will be reviewed on a select basis through December 2024.
  • Early November 2024—Interviews begin. Please note, all interviews will be virtual.
  • January-February 2025—Follow-up virtual and in-person experiences.
  • March 5, 2025—Rank list submission deadline.

Montefiore Einstein recognizes that having a diverse and inclusive institution is critical to success, and we reaffirm our fervent commitment to fostering a culture in which diversity is a central tenet.

Have questions? Get in touch.

Shari Archilla
Coordinator, Adult Neurology Residency Program

Learn more about the Montefiore Einstein Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology