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August 20, 2015


Dear RWJ Neurology Residency Applicant:


Thank you for your interest in our neurology residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Here is some basic information about our program:




Our residency uses one hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. We are the only hospital among the top 10 in New Jersey (as ranked by New Jersey Monthly magazine) with a neurology residency.


Our hospital and medical school are in the commercial center of town, adjacent to the main campus of Rutgers University. New Brunswick is a vibrant college town of 50,000. Within a few blocks of the hospital are a wide range of housing options from new high-rises with doormen and every luxury to townhouses to trim clapboard houses; an array of entertainment offerings from a comedy club and brew pubs to symphonic music and Broadway road shows; and a full spectrum of restaurants from inexpensive undergraduate haunts to several among the top in the state. The train station is adjacent to the hospital, with access to New York City in under an hour.


Rutgers is proud of its recent entry into the Big 10. This is an honor not only for its athletic program, but also for its academics, which is now taking advantage of collaborations and resources shared by that group of top state universities.




Our department’s clinical neurology faculty comprises 19 clinical adult neurologists in eight subspecialties. Our teaching effort is supplemented by three NIH-supported basic science faculty in our department and by clinical faculty in pediatric neurology, psychiatry, neuroradiology, neuropathology, neurosurgery, sleep medicine and pain medicine.


Program "Tracks"


We match four residents per year.  For three of those we provide a PGY1 preliminary medicine year.  That one year takes place at St. Peter's University Hospital, a highly regarded 480-bed facility with freestanding residencies in medicine, pediatrics and ob/gyn.  It is 0.7 miles away, a pleasant 15-minute walk from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.  Applicants applying to this track do not have to interview separately at St. Peter's.


The applicant matching into the fourth position will have to find a PGY-1 prelim medicine position separately.  We are attempting to arrange a prelim medicine position for this slot to take effect this year, so "watch this space."


You can rank either of the two tracks or both.  If you rank the track that offers only the PGY2-4 years, you will have to interview for a PGY1 prelim medicine position this year at the same time as you are interviewing for neurology programs.





The three years of the PGY2-4 years are divided into rotations of four weeks each, totaling 13 rotations per year, or 39 in all.  They are distributed approximately as follows:


15 adult inpatients (about half Stroke Service, half General Neurology Service),

13 electives,

3 pediatric neurology,

3 epilepsy service including video EEG,

1 psychiatry (on the Consultation Liaison service in our own hospital),

1 research,

3 vacation.




The 13 elective months, which supplement the required time in pediatric neurology, psychiatry and research, can be spent in a wide variety of areas. Most residents use this time to sample the various subspecialties that are less well-represented on the inpatient floors. A four-week elective can be split between two or more subspecialties. Electives are available in multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, neuro-ophthalmology, epilepsy, neuro-otology, neuro-oncology, video EEG, pain management, sleep medicine, neurosurgery, neuropathology, neuroradiology, and noninvasive cerebrovascular diagnosis. Away electives are also available. One of our volunteer faculty offers an elective experience in general outpatient neurology in his suburban practice.


Night Call:


In-house overnight call is performed by the PGY2 and PGY3 residents.

PGY2’s average 4.5 overnight calls per month (including weekend day/night calls)

PGY3 average three overnight calls per month (including weekend day/night calls) plus one or two short weekend calls.

PGY4’s have one or two weekend day short calls or (once in three months) one weekday/night call.

The “short call” resident works in the hospital until 3 PM to help the “long call” resident who remains overnight.


General Advice:


We have no maximum interval since medical school graduation.

We have no minimum USMLE scores.

We do consider IMGs and DOs.

We support only J1 visas.

US clinical experience in addition to the PGY-1 year is recommended but not required.

We do not have a pre-match.

We accept applications only via the Match.


Do not confuse our program with those at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (formerly UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School), which is in Newark, or at Cooper-Camden Medical Center (formerly UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), which is in Camden, NJ and is now part of Rowan University.


For questions on administrative aspects of the program, please contact our residency coordinator, Janet Ryan, at (732) 235-6017.


For more information on Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, please visit and


We look forward to hearing from you as you begin this exciting phase of your medical career.




Lawrence I. Golbe, MD

Professor of Neurology and Residency Program Director



Residents listed by graduation year with college, medical school and post-residency position:


Graduation year;


Undergraduate college

Medical School

Fellowship subspecialty

Fellowship institution



Ahmad Nizam, MD

University of Damascus, Syria

Clinical Neurophysiology

Vanderbilt University

Peter Struck, MD

Univ of Washington

Chicago Medical School

Clinical Neurophysiology

SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY

Jeri Williams, MD

Williams College

American Univ of the Caribbean

Movement Disorders

U of Alabama, Birmingham



Klara Briskin, MD

SUNY Binghamton

Ross University

Private Practice


Steven Kanarek, MD

University of Kansas

St. George’s

Clinical Neurophysiology

SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY

Krishna Mylavarapu, MD

Kempegowda Institute, India


Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison



Omar Ahmed, MD

University of Pennsylvania

Medical College of Ohio

Neuro-Critical Care

University of Miami

Mahmoud Obideen, MD

University of Aleppo, Syria

Clinical Neurophysiology

Vanderbilt University

Arnaldo Velez, MD

Univ. of Michigan

Univ. Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico


University of Florida



Thomas Leahy, MD

Queens College, City Univ of NY

American Univ. of the Caribbean

Clinical Neurophysiology

Wayne State Univ / Sinai Grace

Kannan Narayana, MD

JSS Medical College, India



Husain Rizvi, MD

Emory University

Medical College of Georgia


North Shore/Long Island Jewish



Mohamed Elsharif, MD

University of Minnesota

Pennsylvania State University

Private Practice


Erin Feinstein, DO

Scripps College

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Med

Movement Disorders

Mt. Sinai, NY

Alma Yum, MD

University of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia


Barrow Neurological Institute



Yeva Fernandez, MD

SUNY Stony Brook

Ross University School of Medicine

 Movement Disorders


Yulia Orlova, MD

Siberian State Medical University, Russia



Juan Ramos-Canseco, MD

Florida Int’l University

Ross University School of Medicine


University of South Florida

Vimala Vajjala, MD

Kakatiya Medical College, India


Barrow Neurological Institute



Haroon Ahmad, MD

U of Maryland Baltimore County

University of Virginia



Serge Khelemsky, DO

Rutgers University

UMDNJ Osteopathic



Chris Renner, MD

Loyola Univ. of Baltimore

Drexel University





Katrina Bernardo, MD

Cornell University

New York Medical College



Mansoureh Mamarabadi, MD

Tehran University of Medical Science



Sara Huser, DO

Rutgers University

Rowan University Osteopathic



Nathan Walker, MD

Elon University

Saba University





James Lee, MD

John Hopkins University

St. George’s



Omid Motabar, MD

Penn State

Penn State



Isaac Naggar, MD

Brandeis University




Priyank Patel, MD

Massachusetts College of Health Sciences

St. George’s