Department of Neurology
Residency Program

Message from the Chairman

Dr. Wechsler
Lawrence R. Wechsler, M.D.

Welcome to our residency training website. We take great pride in our residency training program, and encourage you to explore our site. We have strong, nationally renowned clinical services in all sub-specialties including stroke, headache, movement disorders, epilepsy, neurocritical care and cognitive and behavioral neurology. We continue to recruit faculty in all disciplines who have active clinical and research interests. Most of our graduating residents go on to fellowships in prominent programs and several have joined our faculty. We promote rigorous but collegial training, and come to know our residents personally and professionally. Resident teaching is one of the highest priorities of our department.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is a national and international referral center and has again been listed in the US News and World Report survey on America’s Best Hospitals. The University of Pittsburgh is one of the leading institutions in NIH funding. The department is also highly ranked both clinically and in NIH funding. Many opportunities exist for interaction with faculty involved with basic and clinical research. A scholarly project by our medical students is required for graduation, promoting recruitment of students interested in clinical and research careers.

Our faculty currently pursue research in basic mechanisms of stroke and tissue damage after stroke, models of parkinsonism, neural degeneration, astrocyte interactions in neurodegenerative disorders, and gene therapy for muscular dystrophies. Our Alzheimer’s disease research center has recently been refunded to continue investigations into Alzheimers and related neural degenerations. The Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease and the Cerebrovascular Research Center are also integral components of the department of neurology. Active clinical research programs within the department include treatment protocols in MS, headache, neuro-oncology, stroke, neuromuscular disease and epilepsy.

Our residency program continues to expand, opening up new avenues for training.

These are exciting times for neurology at the University of Pittsburgh, and we sincerely welcome your interest. I hope to meet many of you soon.

Message from the Program Directors

Dr. Doyle
John Doyle, MD
Dr. Kaniecki
Robert G. Kaniecki, MD

We are very pleased with your interest in the neurology residency training program at the University of Pittsburgh. We offer comprehensive training in both clinical and basic scientific aspects of neurology, and abundant opportunities for research. We are a categorical program with seven residency positions available each year. We also offer ACGME-approved fellowship programs in Clinical Neurophysiology and Vascular Neurology, non-ACGME accredited programs in Vascular Neurology, Interventional Neurology, Movement Disorders, Headache Medicine and Epilepsy. Our faculty is well balanced including physician scientists and subspecialty-trained physicians who not only provide our residents with clinical and basic scientific training but also offer expanded opportunities for research. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Kaniecki, Director of the Headache Center and Assistant Professor of Neurology has taken on the role of Assistant Program Director.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is a regional and national referral center, and the resulting patient population represents a broad spectrum of interesting neurological disorders both common and uncommon. Such a wide and varied patient population lends itself to extensive hands-on patient exposure for our residents.

A unique feature of our program for starting PGY-2 residents is neurology “boot camp.” This is a month-long intensive introduction to neurology that has been enthusiastically received by the residents. We also offer an extremely comprehensive didactic program throughout the year to complement clinical experience.

The collegial atmosphere that exists between our residents and faculty is most gratifying and is a major attribute of our program. Our goal is to foster strong relationships among the residents and between residents and faculty to promote lifelong academic collaborations and lifelong friendships.

Finally, please take a moment to learn about living in Pittsburgh. The city is home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and many other prominent instiutions of higher learning. We host a world-class symphony and renowned opera, ballet, and theatre organizations and the cost of living remains remarkably reasonable. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins offer year-round professional sports and promote the community spirit which unites enthusiasts. Western Pennsylvania offers abundant opportunities for outdoor sports and activities amidst beautiful natural surroundings. All that the city and surrounding areas have to offer further enhance the residency experience in Pittsburgh.

We hope that as you explore our website we will pique your interest in our program, and we look forward to meeting many of you.

John Doyle MD
Director of Residency Training