Residency Program


Applications to the UT Neurology Residency Program are only accepted through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System) . All applicants must register with the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program) for the upcoming year.

Letter from the Program Directors

Dear Prospective Residents,

Welcome to the UT-Neurology Residency website. We are one of three neurology residency-training programs in the Texas Medical Center-Houston. We have a diverse group of faculty members with regards to the subspecialty areas of neurology who are experts in Demyelinating Diseases, Movement Disorders, Dementia, Neuro-rehabilitation, Neuromuscular Diseases and Epilepsy.

Our program is at the cutting edge of medical education because we have been able to combine the best aspects of traditional neurology education where there is emphasis on the physical exam and localization with the best technological advances available in the field of neurology to date. You will have a strong foundation in diagnostic neurology because of exposure to experienced diagnostic clinicians and teachers and because you follow your own group of patients in continuity clinic for the three years of your neurology training. You develop a comfort level with inpatient stroke care that is equal to that of a stroke expert because of the time spent in the MHH Stroke Unit. This stroke unit served as a site for important landmark trials such as the NINDS tPA trials and continues to be a place where you can witness the translation of research ideas from bench to bedside. Our residents spend time in our 12 bed level 4 Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) where cutting edge technology such as magneto encephalography (MEG) {one of the only 2 sites in Texas} can be used to evaluate and treat the most complex epilepsy cases. The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit offers hard-wired continuous video-EEG and bedside CT imaging among other state of the art technologies. Further, because we have the only Neuro-intensive Care Fellowship Training Program in Texas, the caliber of teaching is second to none. We are also a center of excellence for Guillain Bare Syndrome and a tertiary center for neuromuscular referrals. Our Nerve and Muscle Laboratory within our department gives our residents the opportunity to train in neuromuscular pathology. We are in the top 10% nationally regarding Deep Brain Stimulation placements.

Didactics are an important part of the formal education with biweekly two hour long noon conferences, weekly pediatric and adult neurology grand rounds and monthly chairwoman’s rounds, morbidity and mortality conference, brain cutting and combined conferences with neurosurgery and neurointensive care unit. Research opportunities abound in our department and in the medical school as a whole.

Our faculty and support staff are extremely approachable, creating a warm and supportive environment for residents to learn and grow as neurologists.

If you are passionate about neurology, hardworking and envision yourself contributing to the field of neurology, whether locally in Houston, across the region, or across the world, then please consider applying to our program. Thank you for visiting our site!


Suur Biliciler, MD
John A. Lincoln, MD, PhD

Message from the Chiefs

Welcome to the Neurology residency program at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston!

Our neurology program is one of the oldest residency programs in Texas. Located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, our program offers residents exposure to a vast array of practice models, clinical diversity and exciting research opportunities. In fact, as the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center as a whole sees around 8 million patients annually.

We are surrounded by highly regarded neurology faculty, many of whom are pioneers and leaders in their fields. Nearly all subspecialties in neurology are available on our campus to both our patients and our training. Our vascular neurology program is one of the best in the world and is at the forefront of acute stroke treatment and research. We are also supported by the largest Neuro-Trauma ICU in the area that has 48 beds and dedicated faculty specialized in Neuro-Critical Care. Our program is also home to the Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and a 7 bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, which is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. The Multiple Sclerosis Group here at UT Houston is the North American leader in the study of Primary Progressive MS and is very active in the testing of new therapies for MS. Our Movement Disorders group, UT MOVE, was recently established as a Huntington’s disease Center of Excellence, making strides in comprehensive care for these patients. In addition, Diagnostic Neurology, Neuro-Oncology, Dementia, Endovascular, Sleep Medicine, Neuromuscular, and Neurorehabilitation programs are also well represented. We work very closely with our Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology colleagues to provide excellent patient care.

Our flagship hospital is the 877-bed Memorial Hermann Hospital facility at the Texas Medical Center where residents spend the majority of their inpatient time. Residents are exposed to stroke, general neurology inpatient services and consults, the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and the Neuro-Trauma ICU. The residents also spend time at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital and the Smith Clinic, both part of the Harris Health system. Our program boasts a balance between inpatient and outpatient experiences throughout the four years of residency. The UT Physicians Neurology Clinic, also located in the medical center, is where our residents spend time learning to diagnose and treat in the outpatient setting. In addition, a rotation at MD Anderson Cancer Center in neuro-oncology is also available.

Our program continues to grow, now with 10 residents entering each class, which allows our residents the opportunity for more elective time while still maintaining the clinical experiences which are so important for their future careers. Our night float system with dual-resident coverage is in place, shared amongst all resident levels, with designated junior and senior responsibilities. We must note that our program introduces residents to neurology from the very beginning, with four months of dedicated neurology rotations in the intern year. Throughout residency, residents work closely with faculty in didactic learning and bedside teaching, in addition to many research opportunities. Residents are also offered a complimentary membership to the Houston Neurological Society, Texas Neurological Society, as well as the American Academy of Neurology.

In addition to the wealth of healthcare-related resources, Houston is a cosmopolitan city with great shopping, entertainment, nightlife, dining and museums. It is currently the most diverse city in the US. Houston offers affordable cost of living, world renowned Southern hospitality, a family-friendly environment and excellent schools.

The strength of our program lies in the deep camaraderie the residents and faculty members share, a strong clinical foundation and an atmosphere which fosters intellectual curiosity and personal development. We appreciate your interest in our program and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

We wish you the best of luck in your application process!


Warm Regards,

Benjamin Aertker, MD
Chief Resident 2019-2020

Melissa Christie, MD
Chief Resident 2019-2020

Zafer Keser, MD
Chief Resident 2019-2020

For additional information, please contact:
Britney Mortenson
Residency Program Manager