Stanford Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellowship
Stanford Memory Disorders Center offers an United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) approved Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology. There is a companion fellowship in Neuropsychiatry. For details, click here. Fellows will receive comprehensive training in diverse aspects of cognitive impairment and degenerative diseases including: diagnosing neurobehavioral and neuropsychiatric syndromes, learning and understanding the structural and functional anatomy associated with relevant diseases, apply and implement appropriate neurobehavioral and neuropsychiatric assessments, and offering appropriate treatments. Common conditions seen are mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal syndrome, primary progressive aphasia, and others. Fellows will also learn about current biomarkers for diagnosis and research.
Training is multidisciplinary with didactics or rotations from movement disorders, neuropathology, neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, and basic scientists. Involvement in current ongoing research in functional neuroimaging, proteomics, neuro-inflammation, epidemiology, movement disorders, aging, or clinical trials are possible and encouraged.
*Example schedule and may vary depending on research/clinical interests of the fellow
Fellows participate in journal clubs, case conferences, clinic-pathological case presentations, and provide research assessments.
- • Journal club
- • Case review
- • Neuropsychiatry
- • Grand Rounds
- • Resident Lectures
- • Brain Cutting
Applicants should send applications with a CV, cover letter explaining your interest in the program and career goals, and 3 letters of recommendation to email listed below. Applicants should have completed a residency in neurology, be board-eligible, and have a California state medical license by the start of the fellowship.
Travis Urban, MD
Dr. Urban is a behavioral neurology fellow in the Department of Neurology and Neurological sciences at Stanford University. He received a BS in Bioengineering from Stanford University and then completed his MD at the University of Texas Medical Branch. In medical school, he was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellowship and studied mechanisms of neuronal proteostasis in the lab of Dr. Steve Finkbeiner at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco. He then returned to Stanford to complete his internship and neurology residency, where he performed neuroimaging research in Dr. Beth Mormino’s lab studying mechanisms of connectivity change in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Urban is dedicated to the care of patients with cognitive disorders and is focused on developing the first disease modifying therapeutics for neurodegenerative disease.
"I chose the Stanford behavioral neurology fellowship based on my great experience of working with the Memory Clinic during my movement disorders fellowship at Stanford.
The physicians and other staff were welcoming and friendly. It was a very rich learning environment with an abundance of interesting patients and high quality teaching. There was also ongoing cutting edge research in the field that I had a chance to participate in. I really enjoyed the multidisciplinary approach to patient care and the close collaboration with the neuropsychologists and nurses. The collaboration between pathology, neuropsychiatry and movement disorders offered additional learning opportunities and a deeper understanding of the pathological processes and different clinical presentations of the degenerative brain disorders.
The fellowship was excellent and I draw upon my knowledge and training every day in my clinical practice and teaching."
“My decision to apply for Stanford’s Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry fellowship was an easy one. I had spent several weeks as a resident rotating in the memory clinic and had a very clear sense of its many strengths. In addition to being a strong and well rounded clinical program, there are abundant research opportunities and the entire team is collegial, supportive and fun to work with. Through residency, fellowship and now as faculty, these strengths have persisted and have led to a consistently positive experience.”
"I chose the Stanford Behavioral Neurology Fellowship for its strong clinical training, the amazing institutional milieu, the collegiality and friendliness of the people, and the great variety of experiences packed into one year. It was incredibly helpful to be involved not only in the behavioral neurology clinic but also in seeing research and clinical trials patients. I felt well-trained and comfortable in seeing the breadth of behavioral neurology at the end of the fellowship, and have had no difficulty applying my learning as I’ve started my independent career."
Sharon J. Sha, MD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Behavioral Neurology Fellowship
Amy A. Singh
Stanford University Medical Center
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
300 Pasteur Drive, Room H3144
Stanford, CA 94305-5235
Kyan Younes, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director, Behavioral Neurology Fellowship