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Brigham and Women’s Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Programs

The Brigham and Women's Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship training program is organized to provide the intellectual environment, formal instruction, peer interaction and broadly supervised clinical experience necessary for fellows to master the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to the practice of clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. The program continues its successful record of training and placing fellows into top positions all over the world since 1996 and strongly values and prioritizes diversity, inclusion, and equity. Starting 2023, recruitment for all the CNP/Epilepsy fellowships will utilize the NRMP match system and tele-interviews to help achieve a more equitable process.

The Clinical Neurophysiology program, founded by the late clinician and researcher, Edward B. Bromfield, MD, has been accredited by the ACGME since 2000. In 2016, the Brigham acquired the new ACGME fellowship in Epilepsy. These leading-edge programs prepare neurologists to progress into a subspecialty epilepsy practice, leadership of an academic epilepsy program, and/or a research or teaching career in all aspects of epilepsy/EEG/clinical neurophysiology. Central to the program is the fellow’s attainment, at the level of a new practitioner, of the six ACGME core competencies in the areas of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. The program is designed to foster the development of well-rounded, competent clinical and academic clinical neurophysiologists. We value a strong commitment to the highest standards of patient care. We require candidates to select research and quality improvement projects and other scholarly experiences, as well as mentors.

General Goals

The overall educational goals of the training programs are to help fellows develop an understanding of the role of clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy in the comprehensive care of patients in inpatient, outpatient and acute care settings. Fellows are provided with extensive clinical/technical experience in the performance of clinical neurophysiologic examinations and trained in the clinical evaluation and management of patients with epilepsy or neuromuscular diseases.

Fellows are intended to achieve proficiency in performing and interpreting clinical neurophysiologic tests and understanding the relevance of tests in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic disease. They are expected to learn the skill of reporting results to other professionals and to patients in understandable language and with sensitivity for the meaning of these results.

The training programs provide opportunities to develop knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitudes that result in the best possible patient care. We expect our fellows to be motivated self-learners who actively participate in their own educational plan under the supervision of our faculty. Fellows will develop growing competence in clinical service, consultation, teaching and research.

Our Faculty

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The Brigham and Women's Epilepsy Fellowship programs bring together an outstanding group of specialists from a variety of disciplines, with a wide variety of clinical and research interests.

Administrative Faculty

Barbara Dworetzky, MD

Barbara Dworetzky, MD

Chief, Epilepsy; Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Program; Director, EEG and LTM Monitoring

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Ellen J. Bubrick, MD

Ellen J. Bubrick, MD

Surgical Epilepsy Director; Epilepsy Fellowship Program Director; Neurophysiologist, BWH

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General Faculty

Anthony Amato, MD

Anthony Amato, MD

Chief, EMG/Neuromuscular - BWH

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Jonathan Dashkoff, MD, PhD

Neurologist, SSH, BWH

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Sattar Khoshkhoo, MD

Sattar Khoshkhoo, MD

Genetics and Epilepsy, Pediatric transition

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Jong Woo Lee, MD, PhD

Jong Woo Lee, MD, PhD

Director of Epilepsy Research; Clinical Leader, Division of Epilepsy

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Regan Lemley, MD

Regan Lemley, MD

Microbiome and Epilepsy; Women’s Epilepsy

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David McCarthy, MD

Chief, Neurology at BVAMC; Neurophysiologist, BWH

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Dinesh G. Nair, MD

Dinesh G. Nair, MD

Chief, Division of Intra Operative Monitoring

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Milena Pavlova, MD

Milena Pavlova, MD

Medical Director, Sleep and EEG Testing Centers, BWFH

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Eva Ritzl, MD

Chief, Intraoperative Monitoring, MGB; General Faculty, Boston Children's Hospital

Rani A. Sarkis, MD, MSc

Rani A. Sarkis, MD, MSc

Director, BWH Epilepsy Journal Club; Epilepsy Resident Education Supervisor, BWH

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Steven D. Tobochnik, MD

Steven D. Tobochnik, MD

Associate Director, Epilepsy Surgery; Director, EEG Laboratory, VABHS

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Paula E. Voinescu, MD, PhD

Paula E. Voinescu, MD, PhD

Epilepsy, Women's Epilepsy

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Our Facilities

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a 750-bed general hospital with a general neurology ward service and with an average census of 20. There is a Neurology-Neurosurgery ICU (9C and 9D) with 20 beds, all wired for EEG monitoring. The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit has six brand new wired beds with a built-in video camera in the ceiling of the private rooms located on 5D, with overflow onto 10C and 10D. There is a video-EEG server for portable monitoring, emergency neurology and consult services; two inpatient neurology services; an large and newly renovated Emergency Department with Level 1 Trauma Center; a large EMG laboratory and neuromuscular subspecialty clinic; a world renowned sleep laboratory; and outpatient clinic facilities including general neurology and epilepsy clinics, a first seizure clinic and a women’s epilepsy program.

Children's Hospital, Boston, is one of the largest and best pediatric medical centers in the United States. Children’s Hospital offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. The Epilepsy/EEG program has a six-bed epilepsy monitoring unit, with full surgical capabilities, under the direction of Phillip L. Pearl, MD. Children’s Hospital is adjacent to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and connected via an indoor corridor. Fellows attend conferences, lectures and research symposia and have access to clinical material at this large pediatric facility.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston are both accredited by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO). The Training Program is approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education’s Residency Review Committee for one year of training. A potential second year ACGME or research fellowship for candidates who are interested in advanced training and research in epilepsy requires advanced discussion with the division chief and program directors.

How to Apply

We accept applications submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

For application deadlines please review ERAS and NRMP websites. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. When applications are complete, they are reviewed and those selected for interview will be contacted. We hold interviews on Thursdays during the interview season beginning late 2022-March 2023, excluding major holidays. We accept 4 ACGME fellows per year.

If you have additional questions, please contact our Faculty Affairs and Education Administrator Ayfer Candeger, at acandeger@partners.org.

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