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 2024-June 2025 Neurohospitalist Fellowship position will be accepted until February 28, 2023. To apply, please send CV, personal statement, and three letters of reference to Dr. Gold. Interviews will be held in March and April 2023. The Stanford Neurohospitalist Fellowship program participates in the Neurohospitalist Society Unified Offer Program. For fellowship positions beginning in July 2024, programs will extend offers to candidates on May 1, 2023. The candidate acceptance deadline will be May 5, 2023.

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

Dr. Prateek Thatikunta is a Neurohospitalist Fellow at Stanford with academic interests in diagnosis and management of acute neurological conditions, process improvement in acute stroke care, and medical education. He received his MD degree at Case Western Reserve University and completed his neurology residency at Stanford where he served as the education chief in his senior year. He has since completed a vascular neurology fellowship at Stanford as well. He plans to continue as an academic neurologist with a focus on medical education after fellowship.

2021-2022 Fellow

Mohamed Taha, MD

Post-fellowship position:
Neuromuscular Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

"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 Assitant 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: 

Carl Gold, MD, MS:

Shefali Dujari, MD: