Welcome to BIDMC Neurology


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I completed a medical student rotation at BI where I had the opportunity to see firsthand that the residency was a first rate educational program. Residency training (and fellowship) was outstanding because of the opportunity to train under Ronthal and Caplan, the truly unique and exceptional teaching that Clif provided in his weekly conferences, the broad expertise and dedication of the faculty, and the culture of excellence that the residents above me fostered. The academic mission of the department was pivotal to my career goals and aspirations.

Sean Savitz Class of 2004
Professor of Neurology U of T


“The Harvard Medical School Neurology Residency Training Program at BIDMC was my clear first choice. I was attracted by the chance for outstanding clinical training, personal attention, and the opportunity to develop a scientific career. Each of the subspecialties within neurology was represented by leaders in the field, and I was able to meet many of them during my interview and second look. As an analytical type, I made up a spreadsheet with a very detailed scoring system to aid my residency selection. What I found myself doing was rigging the scoring system in favor of BIDMC every time. I abandoned the left hemisphere and frontal lobes in favor of the enteric nervous system: BIDMC just felt right in my gut, and I knew that it would be the best fit for me. More than fifteen years later, I know that my decision was the right one!”

Andrew Tarulli, Class of 2005
Former Associate Program Director,
Director, Division of Neuromuscular Diseases, Overlook Medical Center, NJ, Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


“The BIDMC residency program was instrumental in allowing me to pursue a career in global neurology. I did an away rotation in Zambia during my junior year of residency. This experience coupled with fabulous mentorship has resulted in our program having one of the most developed global neurology programs in the country. I was also attracted to the size of the program. It has a family atmosphere and I felt as though I developed relationships with all the faculty members. It has allowed me to be exactly where I want to be”

Omar Siddiqi, Class of 2008
Director, Global Health Program


“I chose to train in neurology at BIDMC because it was apparent to me on the day that I interviewed that the program’s main goals were to train not only excellent clinical neurologists but the leaders in neurology for tomorrow. The program more than fulfilled these goals. The clinical and leadership skills I acquired and the opportunities for independent thought were invaluable and have served me well in my career. The training I received at BIDMC is the foundation for the clinical, research, and educational programs that I have developed in my capacity as an academic neurologist and program director of a neurology residency training program.”

Nick Silvestri, Class of 2008
Director, Neurology Residency Training Progam, Buffalo NY


I chose to train at Beth Israel Deaconess for the combination of outstanding faculty and phenomenal residents. Together they create a collegial and supportive environment that fosters learning. The program is large enough to allow exposure to a broad spectrum of neurological pathology, but small enough that the individual resident is not lost in the shuffle. In addition, I found the progressive increase in autonomy as residents move from PGY-2 to PGY-4 significantly eased the later transition from resident to attending. Finally, the nurses and other support staff are all incredible.

Sabra Abbott, Class of 2012
Assistant Professor Northwestern University


“The Harvard Neurology Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center boasts a thoughtful, comprehensive clinical curriculum led by internationally renowned faculty. During my time in the residency Program and the EEG/epilepsy fellowship, the supportive environment facilitated my development into a well-rounded clinician, but more importantly, it fostered relationships with lifelong mentors, colleagues, and friends.”

Stephen A. VanHaerents, Class of 2013
Assistant Professor Northwestern University