Message from the Directors

Neurology residency provides a perpetually exciting challenge: you are about to delve into the field of neurology, where you’ll encounter all the captivating and profound issues of clinical neuroscience that drew you to this career. At the Mount Sinai Hospital Neurology Residency at the Icahn School of Medicine, we fundamentally believe residency should be exciting and challenging, but it should also be fun. The legendary Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Wilder Penfield, once referred to the brain as the organ of destiny. As you embark upon the process of selecting a residency in neurology, we invite you to consider your potential destiny at the Mount Sinai Hospital Neurology Residency.

We take great pride in presenting our broad, diverse, and collegial program to you here. Our objective is to provide the most supportive environment and the best training available to launch an academic career in neurology. We provide the tools necessary for you to flourish throughout your career, both academically and personally, through a new neurology resident wellness seminar series. And of course, an additional advantage to training here is the opportunity to work and live in New York City, arguably the most culturally diverse and exciting city in the world.

As a graduate of our residency program, Dr. Krieger can attest to the quality of the people and the experience of training in the Mount Sinai Health System. Every one of our residents plays a vital role as a clinician, teacher, and collaborator. Many of the fellows and faculty whom our residents work with also completed their training here, and have built their careers in neurology in our department. Our diverse faculty members guide our residents through the same process they went through, be it a few years or a few decades before them. Our department also prides itself on recruiting top academic, clinical, and research faculty from around the country and world, whose expertise powerfully enriches the education of our residents.

We believe mentorship is crucial during residency, and we have a well-established mentoring program whereby we assign a faculty mentor to each resident to offer guidance and assistance in adjusting to the new environment as a neurology resident, and to infuse your entire residency experience with an inspired momentum. We assign additional mentors in specific subspecialty areas (clinical, education, and research) as go-to faculty as your individual interests develop, and opportunities for publications and other conference presentations routinely result from these intellectual partnerships.

We encourage you to participate in research during your elective time to prepare you for careers in academic neurology, and have a highly successful R25 Research Residency track for those looking for research-focused careers. Opportunities for academic engagement also exist in other crucial areas of medicine such as education scholarship, quality improvement, and resident wellness.

Mount Sinai Hospital neurology residents demonstrate dedication, professionalism, intellectual inquisitiveness, and personal responsibility. We look for physicians who will bring warmth, compassion, and team spirit to the residency and to the care of our patients. Our neurology medical student clerkship has been incredibly highly rated, and this is undoubtedly because of our superb residents, who are dedicated front-line educators of our students. Our residents advocate for their patients, work closely with one another, and provide care that is humanistic and grounded in the fundamentals of medical ethics.

This is a vibrant, busy neurology residency, from which you will emerge as a seasoned, confident clinical neurologist; critical thinker; and future leader in whatever niche of our expanding field you choose. Upon graduation, our residents place into competitive subspecialty fellowships in top tier programs around the country, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, neuromuscular, neurophysiology, stroke, neurocritical care, headache, neuro-oncology, behavioral neurology, and sleep medicine. From our program, you will take with you lifelong lessons, and lifelong friendships. The legacy of our graduating residents each year endures through their lasting influence on our educational program and a dynamism that suffuses their junior trainees. We invite you now to envision what your experience and legacy as a Mount Sinai Neurology resident could be, and we welcome your questions.


Stephen Krieger, MD
Director, Neurology Residency Program

Shanna Patterson, MD
Associate Director, Neurology Residency Program