Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Fellowships

Fellowship Overview

Clinical Neuroimmunology is a robustly expanding subspecialty of Neurology. Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromyelitis Optica, and related diseases are increasingly recognized worldwide. Treatment options for MS have greatly expanded, engendering complexity in immunotherapeutical management. Patients with these disorders increasingly seek out disease-specific specialty care. Research and investigation is vibrant within the specialty, spanning the spectrum from bench to bedside. There is active need for MS/Clinical Neuroimmunology specialists, and there is significant opportunity for neurologists with fellowship training in this subspecialty. We are committed to training tomorrow's leaders in this vital and consequential field.

  • 2 year funded fellowship
  • Combined clinical/research training tailored to Fellow’s interests (typically 50%/50%)
  • Limitless collaboration potential spanning the translational science spectrum from basic science immunology → clinical trials
  • Employment and career counseling from Day 1
  • No overnight/weekend call responsibilities

Clinical Training

  • Teaching from 7 nationally recognized sub-specialists in MS/Clinical Neuroimmunology
  • Exposure to true breadth of our specialty, with focus on diagnosis, prognosis and both immunomodulatory/symptomatic therapeutics
  • Demyelinating diseases (MS, NMO, ADEM, etc)
  • Pediatric leukodystophy/genetic WM disorders
  • Encephalitis (ie. Anti-NMDA-R)
  • Paraneoplastic conditions
  • Neuro-rheumatology
  • CNS vasculitis



  • Neuroimmunology Lecture Series
  • Neuroimmunology Journal Clubs x 2
  • Challenging case conference
  • Departmental Grand Rounds


  • Neuroradiology case conference
  • Clinical Teaching Seminar Series (CTSS)


  • Supported attendance/participation in major national and/or international MS/Neuroimmunology conferences.


  • Fundamental research training in study design, biostatistics, informatics, regulatory issues, and bioethics through SPECTRUM’s Intensive Course in Clinical Research (ICCR)
  • Fellow’s enrolled as Sub-Investigators in Clinical Trials for hands-on experience in patient evaluations, EDSS, and outcome measures.
  • Supervised scholarly project/research at 1st authorship level in area of Fellow’s interest
  • Opportunities in broad disciplines including epidemiology, bioinformatics, global health, health policy, immunology, and neuroradiology

Our Graduates

A training program is arguably best assessed by its trainees. We are deeply proud of ours. With uncanny efficiency our trainees have moved into positions of leadership at nationally eminent institutions, and are making a vital and lasting impact on our subspecialty. Our trainees are bringing vision and novelty to the uncharted territories of applied, clinical and translational research, and are among the most highly ranked of physicians in clinicianship and bedside manner. This is the list. This is our pedigree.


Resident (R)

Fellow (F)

Present position

*Jamie McDonald, MD, MSc

University of Utah

F, 2020-2022

Current MS/Neuroimmunology Fellow

(Year 1 of 2 of Sylvia Lawry Fellowship)

*Elaine Su, MD

Stanford University

R, 2016-2019

F, 2019-2021

Current MS/Neuroimmunology Fellow

(Year 2 of 2 of Sylvia Lawry Fellowship)

*Nina Bozinov, MD, MSc

Stanford University

R, 2015-2018

F, 2018-2020

MS Clinic Director, Kootenai Health, University of Washington; Coeur d’Alene, ID

Aaron Carlson, MD

University of California, Los Angeles

F, 2017-2018

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado; Aurora, CO

Jon Santoro, MD

Stanford University

R, 2014-2018

Assistant Professor (Pediatric Neuroimmunology), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Luka Vlahovic, MD

Loyola University

F, 2016-2017

Clinical Assistant Professor, Creighton University; Omaha, NE

Chris Hemond, MD

Stanford University

R, 2013-2016

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Worcester, MA

Lucas Kipp, MD

University of Western Ontario, Canada

F, 2015-2016

Clinical Assistant Professor, MS Fellowship Director, Stanford University; Palo Alto, CA

Esther Melamed, MD, PhD

University of California, Los Angeles

R, 2011-2014

F, 2014-2015

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School; Austin, TX

Lucas McCarthy, MD, MSc

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

R, 2010-2013

Neuroscience Institute and MS Center, Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center; Seattle, WA

Le Hua, MD

Keck School of Medicine, USC

R, 2009-2012

MS Clinic Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health; Las Vegas, NV

*Alexandra Goodyear, MD, MSc

Tufts University

R, 2008-2011

F, 2011-2013

Clinical Research Medical Director, Novartis Pharmaceuticals; Los Angeles, CA

Keith Van Haren, MD

University of Rochester

R, 2006-2010

F, 2010-2011

Assistant Professor (Pediatric Neuroimmunology), Stanford University; Palo Alto, CA

* Sylvia Lawry Fellowship Recipients


If you are interested in applying to our fully-funded MS/Neuroimmunology Fellowship, we request a cover letter outlining your career goals and interest in pursuing a fellowship with us, a minimum of three letters of recommendation and a copy of your CV.  We are welcoming applications from August 1, 2021 to December 17, 2021 for the 2023/2024 academic year.  Selected candidates will be invited to interview with our multidisciplinary team, present a neuroimmunology case/topic of their choice, and tour our facilities (if travel restrictions permit).