Stanford Neurohospitalist Fellowship

Stanford Neurohospitalist Fellowship Overview

Candidates must be board-eligible and have a license to practice in the state of California by the start date of the fellowship.


The Stanford Neurohospitalist Fellowship program has been accredited by the Neurohospitalist Society effective July 1, 2022. The program is accredited for up to 2 fellows per year. For additional details on the accreditation process, please visit the Neurohospitalist Society website. Dr. Gold currently serves as the Neurohospitalist Society Accreditation Committee Co-Chair.


Applications for the July 2025-June 2026 Neurohospitalist Fellowship position will be accepted until February 29, 2024. To apply, please send CV, personal statement, and three letters of reference to Dr. Gold. Interviews will be held in March and April 2024. The Stanford Neurohospitalist Fellowship program participates in the Neurohospitalist Society Unified Offer Program. For fellowship positions beginning in July 2025, programs will extend offers to candidates on May 6, 2024. The candidate acceptance deadline will be May 10, 2024.

2023-2024 Fellow

Lahoud Touma, MDCM

Dr Lahoud Touma will be completing his Neurohospitalist Fellowship at Stanford in 2023-2024. He received his medical degree at McGill University and completed his neurology residency at the University of Montreal. His academic interests include acute neurological care, epidemiology and optimizing inpatient care. He plans to continue his training in global health and develop international collaborations in the field of neurology.

2022-2023 Fellow

Prateek Thatikunta, MD

Post-fellowship position:
Neurohospitalist & Vascular Neurologist, Kaiser Oakland

"I joined the Stanford Neurohospitalist Fellowship to further develop as an inpatient neurologist and educator, and I continue to realize how valuable the experience was to me. Nothing can replace the opportunity to train with incredibly talented mentors who helped refine my clinical approach in the face of the unknown, instill an appreciation for resource utilization and the impact an inpatient neurologist can have, and develop as a leader and educator."

2021-2022 Fellow

Mohamed Taha, MD

Post-fellowship position:
Neuromuscular Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH; Advanced General and Autoimmune Neurology Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

"I would highly recommend the Stanford Neurohospitalist Fellowship program to any neurologist who wishes to become an excellent Neurohospitalist and an addition to the field. The diversity and the volume of the patients at Stanford will make any fellow well-prepared to practice individually by the end of the program. In addition, the research opportunities available, the teaching skills that fellows get to develop, and the support given in the professional, academic, and personal goals will make the whole experience incredibly fruitful. Personally, I was given the opportunity to pursue my own research interests in clinical applications of machine learning with the participation and support of several divisions and institutes at Stanford, and I was also incredibly encouraged by my program to follow these interests. I continuously received generous feedback from my mentors which I highly appreciated and I was able to feel the investment of the program in its trainees. Starting my next journey, I feel that the knowledge and skills I have gained during my experience in Stanford will serve me for a lifetime and I am confident that the personal and professional connections I built here in Stanford will play a role in my future endeavors."

2020-2021 Fellow

Shefali Dujari, MD

Post-fellowship position:
Clinical Assistant Professor
Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Stanford University

"I would highly recommend the Stanford Neurohospitalist Fellowship to anyone looking to specialize in the care of hospitalized patients with neurologic disorders. The breadth and volume of patients I have evaluated and treated, complemented by individualized teaching from the faculty, has well prepared me for independent practice. I have particularly enjoyed our consult service, which has allowed me to stay on the forefront of the management of neurologic manifestations/complications of systemic diseases and their novel therapies. The opportunity to participate in the active telestroke program is an added bonus, as telemedicine becomes an increasingly important avenue to deliver acute neurologic care. In addition to clinical practice, in this fellowship I have had the opportunity to hone my education and quality improvement skills through dedicated courses such as the Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training course and personalized mentorship."

2019-2020 Fellow

Tarini Goyal, MD

Post-fellowship position: Assistant Professor of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

"I would recommend the Stanford Neurohospitalist Fellowship to any neurology trainee who wishes to become a well-rounded neurohospitalist, prepared for any academic position. The breadth of inpatient neurology, from “bread and butter” cases to patients with novel complications of cutting-edge cancer therapies, is represented on the wards and consult services. I trained with the freedom and mentorship to pursue multiple scholarly ideas that piqued my interest, and enjoyed learning from faculty who are experts in medical education and quality improvement. Starting my career, I feel confident that the knowledge, skills, and relationships I built at Stanford will serve as a strong foundation for years to come."

Carl Gold, MD, MS
Neurohospitalist Fellowship Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor

Shefali Dujari, MD
Neurohospitalist Fellowship Associate Program Director, Clinical Assistant Professor

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact: 

Fellowship Coordinator
Christina Sabathia

Carl Gold, MD, MS

Shefali Dujari, MD