Neurocritical Care Fellowship

The Mount Sinai Neurocritical Care Fellowship is a two-year United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) accredited program. The mission of our fellowship program is to train fellows to become excellent neurointensivists, to provide dedicated interdisciplinary mentorship, and to groom them into future leaders who will advance the field of neurocritical care.

In our clinically robust program, fellows will learn expert management of the full spectrum of neuro-emergencies, including cerebrovascular, status epilepticus, neurotrauma, neuroinfections, complex neurosurgical or combined neurosurgical and ENT cases, neuromuscular emergencies among others. They will also learn how to build on the fundamentals of critical care to prevent secondary neurological injuries and provide family centered care to improve outcomes in patients.

Fellows gain proficiency in ultrasound-guided central venous and arterial line placement, pulmonary artery (PA) catheter placement, lumbar puncture, endotracheal intubation, ventilator management, electroencephalogram (EEG) interpretation, and bronchoscopy. By the end of their training, fellows are expected to be competent in central line and arterial line placement, echocardiogram, ultrasound, endotracheal intubation, advanced airway management, bronchoscopy, and transcranial dopplers.

Additionally, we offer weekly critical care conferences, a statistics course, and research oriented didactics. Fellows spend time in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and complete a line service rotation. Elective time is available to pursue research interests or to rotate through other services such as neuroanesthesia, stroke, or the medical ICU.

There are several interdisciplinary conferences during the week that members of the Neurosurgery and Neurology Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) team attend. Quality assurance seminars are presented once a month during Neurosurgery Grand Rounds and during Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) Grand Rounds.

Our fellowship training program accepts two new fellows per year. The fellows for 2017 are as follows.

Kaitlin Reilly, MD
Princeton University, New Jersey, AB
Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey, MD
New York Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center, New York, Internal Medicine Internship
New York Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center, New York, Neurology Residency

Pavis Laengvejkal, MD
Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, MD
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Internal Medicine Internship
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Neurology Residency

Spyridoula Tsetsou, MD
University of Athens School of Health Sciences, MD
Internal Medicine Department, EHC Hospital, Morges, Switzerland, Internal Medicine
Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Switzerland, Neurology Residency

Ali Ezzati, MD
Shahid Beheshti (National) University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, MD
Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, Internal Medicine Internship
Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, Neurology Residency

Applications are available through San Francisco Match (SFMatch). All applicants must complete their residency training in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, or Pediatrics before applying. The following needs to be included for your application:

  • SF Match application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (one is required to be from your current program director)
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination transcripts
  • Head shot photo
  • International medical graduates must also provide a copy of your Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certificate

Our world renowned faculty members offer a broad range of teaching experiences in a multidisciplinary setting for fellows, providing experience in direct patient management.

Core Faculty:

Neha S. Dangayach, MD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology
Director, Neurocritical Care Fellowship

Cappi C. Lay, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine

Jignesh S. Patel, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology

Rupendra Swarup, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Neuro-ICU, Mount Sinai West

Zachary Hickman, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Neurosurgery Department at Elmhurst Hospital Center

Interdisciplinary Faculty:

Joshua B. Bederson, MD
Professor and System Chair
Department of Neurosurgery

J Mocco, MS, MD
Professor and Vice Chair, Education
Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Cerebrovascular Center

Errol Gordon, MD (UCNS board certified)
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Neurosurgery

Stanley Tuhrim, MD
Professor
Department of Neurology
Director, Mount Sinai Stroke Center

Johanna T. Fifi, MD
Associate Professor
Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Radiology
Director, Endovascular Stroke Program

Jiyeon Yoo, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology

Roopa Kohli-Seth, MD
Professor
Department of Surgery
Director, Institute for Critical Care Medicine

Chitra Sivasankar, MD (UCNS board Certified)
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine

John Oropello, MD (UCNS board certified)
Professor
Departments of Surgery & Medicine

Samuel Acquah, MD, FCCP (UCNS board certified)
Associate Professor
Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Director, Medical Critical Care Unit at the Mount Sinai Hospital

Adel Basilly Marcus, MD (UCNS board certified)
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery

Christopher P. Kellner, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Intracerebral Hemorrhage Program

Thomas J. Oxley, MD. PhD
Instructor
Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Innovation Strategy

Reade A. DeLeacy, MD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Neurosurgery and Radiology
Director, Neurointerventional Spine Program

Anthony B. Costa, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Sinai BioDesign