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Vascular Neurology Fellowship

Join Geisinger’s Vascular Neurology Fellowship program, based at a hospital with a Comprehensive Stroke Center, where you’ll treat a variety of patients and pathologies.    

About us

Geisinger’s Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program has a simple goal — to train competent, professional leaders in a specialty that requires calm, capable thinkers who are willing to stay current with research and innovation in the field.

Our one-year, ACGME-accredited Vascular Neurology Fellowship program is headquartered at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. We have a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center with a large referral base, and we’re part of a system with six total Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers that serve rural and urban areas.

One of our program’s biggest assets is our faculty. You’ll work with experienced mentors who are focused on your success, and who are always available to provide you with guidance.

Because we’re uniquely positioned in an urban center that’s close to large rural areas, you’ll see a wide variety of conditions — common and uncommon.

Our Vascular Neurology Fellowship is truly focused on you. We’ll adapt to your career goals and provide you with dedicated time for research and electives.

And although this is a demanding field, we’ll make sure you enjoy the work-life balance you need, without overnight call.

Other program highlights include:

  • Potential opportunity for the Geisinger Neuroendovascular Surgery Fellowship in collaboration with the Neurosurgery Department
  • Opportunity to attend the annual International Stroke Conference or the Wake Forest Neurovascular Ultrasound Course fully sponsored by the program
  • Sponsorship of both H1B and J1 visas
  • Moonlighting opportunity with approval by the program director and designated institutional official
  • Generous time for continuing medical education and vacation
  • Wellness initiatives
  • Exceptional fellows have the potential to join us as faculty after their fellowships.

We truly value our fellows as colleagues and people, and we hope you’ll consider joining us.

About Geisinger

Geisinger serves more than 1 million people in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. We’ve been nationally recognized for innovative practices in quality, delivery models such as ProvenCare® and the use of an award-winning electronic medical record, Epic®. Our physician-led system has about 24,000 employees, including nearly 1,700 physicians, 10 hospital campuses, two research centers and a health plan with more than half a million members, all of which boost our hometown economies by $7.1 billion annually.


Danville, Pa., is a unique and wonderful place to train. Opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless, the cost of living is low and traffic is almost nonexistent. In addition, we’re close enough to Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C., to make weekend getaways easy.


> Meet the Faculty

Program overview


As a vascular neurology fellow, you’ll leave our program ready to:

  1. Provide high-quality clinical care and assessment of patients with various cerebrovascular disorders in different settings (emergency, inpatient and outpatient), including diagnostic evaluation, treatment, management, counseling and prevention
  2. Manage critically ill neurological patients, such as those with cerebral hemorrhage, brain aneurysms or vascular malformations
  3. Work effectively with multidisciplinary teams oriented to the care of these patients
  4. Order and interpret laboratory and imaging tests in patients with cerebrovascular diseases and stroke
  5. Develop the capacity to pursue a great career in the field of stroke and cerebrovascular disorders

Our fellowship prepares you for American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) vascular neurology board certification and a successful career as either an academic vascular neurologist or neurohospitalist.

Your clinical year will provide you with the rotations in vascular neurology you’ll need for board eligibility. You’ll gain extensive experience in the management of acute ischemic stroke with intravenous thrombolytics and endovascular methods, including intra-arterial thrombolysis and thrombectomy. And you’ll become comfortable interpreting neuroimaging including MRI, CT angiography and conventional angiography.

Clinical training

Acute inpatient stroke: Refine your knowledge of state-of-the-art acute stroke management on our inpatient service. You’ll develop leadership and educational skills by working closely with board-certified vascular neurology attendings, so you’re ready to lead a team of stroke advanced practitioners.

While on service, you’ll participate in daily rounds on stroke patients including in the ICU. Our stroke service sees patients in the Neuro ICU in conjunction with the Department of Pulmonary Critical Care. In all cases, you serve as an adjunct to the attending with responsibilities delegated as the attending sees fit.

Endovascular neurosurgery/ICU: You’ll participate in the robust clinical cases of the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center Endovascular Neurosurgery Department, which is led by three endovascular neurosurgeons, residents, advanced registered nurse practitioners and an endovascular fellow. Cases include mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke, repair of cerebral aneurysm and vascular malformations, and carotid endarterectomy and stenting.

If you’re interested, you’ll also have the chance to spend time on the endovascular neurosurgery inpatient clinical rotation.

Teleneurology: Geisinger has a robust telestroke service.

Neurovascular continuity clinic: You’ll refine your longitudinal management of stroke patients by following select patients after inpatient discharge in a dedicated fellow continuity clinic or new stroke referrals.

Research: We have various opportunities available depending on your interests. For more details, visit this website.



  • Palliative care
  • Customized schedule (per your interest, requires a faculty mentor and written goals/objectives submitted in advance)
  • One week for continuing medical education, the American Academy of Neurology annual conference, the annual International Stroke Conference or the Wake Forest transcranial Doppler course

You’ll be directly supervised by one of the stroke attendings during rotations, and you’ll get immediate feedback. Our division maintains an open-door policy. Don’t hesitate to discuss concerns, stresses, challenges and plans with any of our stroke attendings at any time.
Grand rounds

You’ll be responsible to present one grand rounds topic of your choosing, but ideally related to research.
Stroke journal club

You’ll present two novel journal articles over the course of the academic year.
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