Movement Disorders Fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

The Department of Neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers two Movement Disorders Fellowships. Fellows are anchored at different sites, but shared conferences and resources ensure the depth and breadth of movement disorders faculty and rare cases.

Our one- to two-year fellowship offers exceptional patient care and knowledge of Parkinson disease, dystonia, ataxia, essential tremor, tics and Tourette’s syndrome, myoclonus, chorea, Huntington disease, and other movement disorders. This includes integration of knowledge of genetics, pathophysiology, and clinical judgment in differential diagnosis and treatment. Treatment modalities include oral therapeutics, chemodenervation, deep brain stimulation therapy, and genetic counseling. As a fellow, you are also exposed to clinical research, with an option for more in-depth training in clinical research methodology, and clinical trials. The Movement Disorders Center at Mount Sinai Beth Israel is a National Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence.

While we focus on outpatient diagnosis and treatment, we also see inpatients on a consultative basis. More than 3,000 patients from around the globe visit annually to address diagnostic dilemmas and therapeutic challenges. As a result, our fellows see patients with a breadth of movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, Parkinsonism, dystonia, tremor, tics, ataxia, chorea, tardive syndromes, myoclonus, and restless leg syndrome, as well as paroxysmal and psychogenic movement disorders.


Research is an important part of our fellowship and we encourage you, with faculty support, to pursue individual interests and either develop novel research or become actively involved with ongoing projects. We are involved with continuing research on various topics including the genetics and epidemiology of dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, and essential tremor. We supplement your clinical and research training with weekly videotape rounds and teaching conferences.

If you are interested in epidemiological clinical research, you can pursue a Master’s Degree Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. You can also hone your research skills through the Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University and through on-line clinical trials coursework for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Clinical Trials.

If you enroll in the clinical research fellow path, you can become involved in two separate projects between July and September of the first year. One project uses existing data and aims to prepare material for submission to the American Academy of Neurology. The second study focuses on study hypothesis and design. 

For the 2017-2019 years, we aim to train a research clinician by focusing on Parkinson’s disease. In this role, you not only develop clinical skills in movement disorders but also learn clinical research methods through structured clinical research courses as well as closely mentored applied clinical research. We have received funding for this role from the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Edmund Safra Award.

You attend and present at Parkinson’s disease support groups, and patient education lectures at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and throughout the tri-state area. These opportunities begin at the very start of the fellowship and you attend the Aspen Review of Movement Disorders for the Clinician in July.

If we present a research study that you have worked on, or if you receive a special award, you have additional opportunities to attend professional meetings. Our fellows have successfully competed for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Fellowships, American Academy of Neurology Fellowships, and the Empire Clinical Research Training Award. 

Our Faculty

Our faculty is led by two internationally renowned movement disorder specialists and clinical researchers, Susan B. Bressman, MD, and Rachel Saunders-Pullman, MD, MPH. Other faculty members include movement-disorders trained neurologists, genetic counselors, nurse practitioner specializing in deep brain stimulation, a psychiatrist, and a neuropsychologist, provide a multidisciplinary fellowship program.

Susan B. Bressman, MD

Rachel Saunders-Pullman, MD, MPH

Vicki Shanker, MD

Naomi Lubarr, MD

Rivka Sachdev, MD

Mark S. Groves, MD

Christina Palmese, PhD

Deborah Raymond, MS

Brooke Johannes, MS

Joan Miravite, NP

Current fellows:

Jeffrey Ratliff, MD

Sarah Buckingham, MD

Inge Meijer, MD, PhD

Jonathan Squires, MD

How to Apply

We are interested in applicants who will have completed residency training before enrolling and have satisfactorily completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education/Liaison Committee on Medical Education-approved training program in neurology and the Graduate Medical Education office credentialing process. We will need to see verification of your successful completion of your residency training from the program director of that program.

We participate in the San Francisco Match. Please also submit:

  • CV
  • Three original letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement

Interviews are held on Wednesdays between June and August.

We provide housing and parking to incoming residents. To apply, use the application in your incoming information packet. Remember, we must receive your application and deposit by April 25, which we will apply toward the first month's rent.  More information is available online.