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 UTHealth Neurology Residency website! We are one of three neurology residency training programs in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical center in the world. The TMC sees over 7.2 million visitors annually and is home to over 50 institutions working to advance health sciences.The UT Houston neurology program is one of the oldest residency programs in Texas and offers exposure to a vast array of practice models, clinical diversity, and exciting research opportunities. Nearly all subspecialties in neurology are well represented on our campus, and our faculty are comprised of highly accomplished neurologists, many of whom are pioneers and leaders in their fields.
Residents spend majority of their inpatient time at our flagship hospital, the 1014-bed Memorial Hermann Hospital facility within the TMC. Here they will run inpatient services for stroke, general neurology, Neuro-Trauma ICU and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. In addition to these, residents manage a busy consult service and spend time on the pediatric neurology consult service in the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. At the county level, we also serve Houston’s indigent population by rotating through various Harris Health System sites. Most notably, residents run a high-volume consult service at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, which has one of the busiest emergency rooms in Texas, and continuity and subspecialty clinics at the county Smith Clinic.
We have a large program with 10 residents in each class, which allows us to diversify our clinical experience with more electives and to pursue other academic endeavors. All residents are encouraged to engage in research and other academic activities as desired, and a competitive NIH funded R25 program is available for select residents interested in developing their future career as clinician-scientists. Residents are offered complimentary membership to the Houston Neurological Society, Texas Neurological Society, as well as the American Academy of Neurology, and department support is available for residents wishing to travel to and/or present at out of town conferences.
Some of our subspecialty strengths include:
- Vascular Neurology: You will become comfortable with vascular neurology from the time spent at the Memorial Hermann Hospital (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. We are also home to the first mobile stroke unit in the country!
- Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care: Our trainees rotate and learn in the largest Neuro-Trauma ICU in the area, with 48 beds and dedicated faculty specialized in Neurocritical Care.
- Epilepsy: Our Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is one of the largest of its kind, with a robust surgical program, access to advanced imaging modalities such as MEG and a 12-bed, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Residents also have ability to participate in a dedicated Epilepsy didactics program to hone their knowledge on EEG to be expert epileptologist before graduation!
- Multiple Sclerosis/Neuroimmunology: In addition to being an MS Comprehensive Center, we also house an MRI Analysis Center that participates in a number of phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials of promising agents for MS treatment supported by the NIH and various pharmaceutical companies. Our WASOG Multi-disciplinary Sarcoidosis center is the only one in the TMC and brings together neuroimmunology faculty with multiple other specialties to collaboratively work on all forms of granulomatous disease.
- Movement Disorders: Our Movement Disorders clinic, UT MOVE, is accredited as a Huntington’s disease Center of Excellence, has been making strides in comprehensive care for patients, and is actively involved in and spearheading several clinical trials in this field. We are ranked in the top 10% nationally for Deep Brain Stimulation placements.
- Neuromuscular: UT is a tertiary referral center for NM disease and a Center of Excellence for GBS/CIDP. Residents get significant clinical exposure but also didactics on nerve and muscle pathology.
If you are passionate about neurology, hardworking and envision yourself contributing to the field, either locally in Houston, nationally, or globally, consider training with us! The strength of our program lies in the deep camaraderie shared by residents and faculty, a strong clinical foundation and an atmosphere which fosters intellectual curiosity and personal development.
There’s no better place to learn neurology!
Suur Biliciler, MD
Rohini Samudralwar, MD
Associate Program Director
Our Chief Residents
Pamela Zelnik, MD
Chief Resident 2020-2021
Marwah Elsehety, MD
Chief Resident 2020-2021
Aditya Kumar, MD
Chief Resident 2020-2021
For additional information, please contact:
Britney May Mortenson
Residency Program Manager