Stroke & Vascular Neurology

The UCLA Vascular Neurology Fellowship was founded in 1996 and expanded to include an ACGME-accredited Vascular Neurology Residency in 2004.

The Fellowship Program in Vascular Neurology affords extensive experience in clinical vascular neurology as well as clinical research training. A one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship will be offered and is designed to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art clinical and research training and a fully competitive academic background.

In addition, fellows will have increasing responsibility during the year for supervising the Code Stroke Team, managing an array of available diagnostic imaging techniques, directing IV thrombolysis and assisting with acute endovascular interventions. The program encompasses the spectrum of cerebrovascular disease, from critically-ill patients with acute stroke, to the rehabilitation and secondary prevention of stroke.

Fellows receive intensive clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral infarction, transient brain ischemia, brain hemorrhage. Core training also includes:

  1. Participation in a multihospital clinical trial program encompassing novel cytoprotective, antithrombotic, and hyperacute thrombolytic treatment trials.
  2. Management of cerebrovascular patients in dedicated Stroke Unit, 24-bed Neurointensive Care Unit, Emergency Department and outpatient settings.
  3. Unique educational experience tailored within our Vascular Neurology subspecialty elective pathway
  4. Performance/interpretation of carotid duplex and transcranial Doppler ultrasound leading to qualification for neurosonology certification.

Clinical Trials and Research

Collaborative research with UCLA’s leading interventional neuroradiology and neurovascular surgery services includes studies of cerebral angioplasty, catheter administered thrombolysis, vascular malformations, carotid endarterectomy and other conditions. Formal didactic teaching provides additional training in neuroepidemiology, outcomes research, clinical trial design, and biostatistics. Ample additional research opportunities are tailored to fellow interest and, in addition to the above, may include studies of:

  1. Diffusion/perfusion MRI and PET assessment of human cerebral ischemia.
  2. Oxidative stress in hippocampal slice and whole animal models.
  3. Neurobehavioral manifestations of cerebrovascular disease.
  4. Neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation.

For more information, please visit our program's Research page.

Application information:

Interested applicants can apply by going to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to fill out an application.  We also participate in NRMP's Vascular Neurology Match.  The deadline to register for NRMP is February 1st.  


Acceptance to the program is contingent upon completion of an ACGME accredited neurology residency training program. 

Applicants must have a California medical license prior to starting their fellowship training. Eligibility criteria is available on the Medical Board of California website.

UCLA GME Appointment/Reappointment Policy

Other Resources:

If you have further questions about how to apply, please contact:

Jennifer K. Martinez
Coordinator, UCLA Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program
[email protected]

David S Liebeskind, MD, FAAN, FAHA, FANA, FSVIN, FWSO
Director, UCLA Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program
Director, Neurovascular Imaging Research Core
Director, UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center
[email protected]


Here is a list of our Program Rotations, including descriptions.

Program Director

Associate Program Director

Program Faculty

For a list of all our Faculty, go here.

Current Fellows

For a list of our current Fellows, go here.

Program Alumni

For a list of our program's Alumni, go here.