Vascular Neurology Fellowship

Vascular Neurology (Stroke) Fellowship 

The Department of Neurology at New York Medical College offers an ACGME accredited Vascular Neurology (Stroke) Fellowship. This is a one-year training program at Westchester Medical Center (WMC), the largest tertiary care medical referral center in the Hudson Valley region.

Message from Program Director

Westchester Medical Center is the only designated Comprehensive Stroke Center in Hudson Valley. This high level of clinical care and expertise leads to referrals and transfers of patients from a broad geographic area with the most complex cerebrovascular disease. Over 700 stroke patients are admitted per year, allowing trainees the opportunity to gain experience with critically ill patients with ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, vasculitis, dural vein thrombosis and ruptured vascular malformations. Fellows will participate in all aspects of clinical care: from the ER to the Neuro ICU, our advanced 28-bed unit equipped with multimodality monitoring, to step down and to outpatient follow-up. This comprehensive training will provide competence in all levels of acuity of care.

During this one year of training, the stroke fellow will rotate through stroke inpatient service, stroke consult service, telestroke, neurosonology, neuroendovascular service and neurorehabilitation.  Electives are available in Pediatric stroke, neuro intensive care, and research.

Fellows will work with an interdisciplinary stroke team, which includes Vascular Neurologists, Neuroradiologists, Neuroendovascular surgeons and Neurointensivists. Outpatient training includes a once-a-month continuity stroke clinic at a hospital based clinic and twice-a-week in a private practice setting. This education experience is further enhanced by vascular didactic lecture series, departmental stroke conferences, multidisciplinary stroke conference and journal clubs throughout the year. The fellows are encouraged to participate in research which usually results in several publications in peer reviewed journals.

Ji Chong, MD
Medical Director Stroke Program
Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program Director

Our Fellows 

Kalimullah Jan, MBBS
Kalimullah Jan, MBBS

Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College
Residency: Temple University Hospital Program

Gurmeen Kaur, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology
Director, Neurology Residency Education

Christeena Kurian, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College
Attending Physician at Westchester Medical Center

Niesha Patel, MD

Attending Physician at Westchester Medical Center


Applicants must have successfully completed or be on track for successful completion of an ACGME accredited Neurology Residency (Adult Neurology residency must be completed prior to the starting the Vascular Neurology Fellowship).

The program will only sponsor J-1 and H-1 visas, if needed.

Application Process

Our program will be accepting applications through ERAS for the fellowship position starting July. Applicants must upload their C.V., three letters of recommendation including one from the current program director, a personal statement and USMLE scores into the ERAS program. Applications will be reviewed starting December 1st and ERAS will close on May 31st. Interviews will be conducted in January. 

Current Positions Available: Stroke fellowship position available starting July 1, 2022 – June 30 2023 and July 1, 2023 – June 30 2024.

Ji Chong, MD
Fellowship Program Director
New York Medical College 
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914.594.2200

Nadia Tilden-Dassler
Residency Program Coordinator 
Phone: 914.594.2205