Neuromuscular Medicine and EMG/Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowships
The Stanford Neuromuscular Disorders Program offers:
- Three ACGME-accredited fellowship positions in Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM)
- One ACGME-accredited fellowship position in Clinical Neurophysiology/EMG (CNP/EMG)
Visit “How to Apply” for application information.
All positions are ACGME-accredited.
The NMM and EMG/CNP fellowships both offer exceptional training in adult and pediatric neuromuscular disorders, EMG/NCS, neuromuscular ultrasound, neuropathology, and clinical applications of neurogenetics and neuroimmunology. For pediatric neurologists, either fellowship can be designed with a significant pediatric focus.
Either fellowship program can be coupled with an additional year for advanced research and/or clinical training. Fellows are strongly encouraged to consider this option. The two-year pathway is an excellent opportunity to pursue more in-depth research, gain additional procedural and clinical skills, enroll in courses in education and research, and lay a strong foundation for the fellow’s future career.
In keeping with ACGME requirements, the EMG/CNP fellowship year incorporates two months of training in a separate area of neurophysiology. This may be Sleep/Polysomnography, EEG, or IOM. Training in Sleep/PSG may be arranged with a focus on neuromuscular sleep and respiratory management.
Visit Frequently Asked Questions for information about rotations, training sites, didactics, benefits, and life in the Bay Area.
The compensation for Stanford housestaff is highly competitive. There are additional stipends to cover conference attendance, housing, moving expenses, cell phone fees, medical licensing, etc. Excellent comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage is provided for the entire family. Visit the GME website for information about salary and bonuses.
Multidisciplinary Neuromuscular/MDA/ALS Clinics: Fellows rotate through robust adult and pediatric clinics with support from the MDA, ALSA, RN, PT, OT, RT, SLP, dietician, social worker, and genetic counselor. Includes our Family Clinics, where related adults and children are seen together.
Neuromuscular Immunology Clinics: Focus on autoimmune conditions and clinical trials, with support from an integrated pharmacist and respiratory therapist.
Neuromuscular Continuity Clinics: Fellows have primary responsibility for decision making and care coordination. Wide range of “bread and butter” cases and unusual presentations.
Peripheral Nerve Injury Clinic: Fellows see unusual cases for exposure to peripheral neuroanatomy, precise examination techniques, optimization of EMG/NCS and neuromuscular ultrasound planning, MR imaging, and complex care coordination.
Neurodiagnostic Lab: Fellows see a wide range of common and unusual EMG/NCS cases. Opportunities for exposure to single fiber EMG, laryngeal EMG, and the EMG evaluation of dystonia, myoclonus, and functional disorders.
Neuromuscular Ultrasound: Fellows evaluate adult and pediatric nerve conditions and neuromuscular disorders.
Inpatient Consultation and EMG Service: Fellows see highly educational inpatient cases in the adult and pediatric hospitals, perform bedside EMG/NCS, and provide teaching and guidance to neurology residents.
Electives: Fellows may pursue opportunities for further study in autonomic clinics and autonomic testing, botulinum toxin injections, evoked potentials, medical genetics, nerve surgery, neurogenetics, palliative care, physiatry, rheumatology, sleep and respiratory medicine, and other related areas.
Clinical Trials: Fellows may participate in many groundbreaking clinical trials for genetic and autoimmune conditions.
Outpatient and Inpatient Training Sites
Visit links to learn more about the training sites, which are designed with neurological patients’ needs in mind.
All fellows engage in clinical research and/or quality improvement projects with the help of faculty mentors. There are ample resources for clinical and laboratory research, and an active and varied clinical trial program where fellows may participate in study visits and meetings. For fellows with specific clinical and research interests, there is potential for an additional 1-2 years of clinical and/or research training through internal funding. Past fellows have also obtained research funding through the Muscular Dystrophy Association and NIH/NINDS R25 program.
Fellows are encouraged to engage in the broader academic neuromuscular community by attending national and regional neuromuscular meetings. Support is provided for meeting attendance, and fellows are encouraged to pursue opportunities for presentations and publications.
The robust didactic program focuses on foundational and cutting-edge topics. Recurring sessions include:
- Neuromuscular Didactic Series
- Neurophysiology Didactic Series (EMG/NCS, Neuromuscular Ultrasound, Autonomic Testing, IOM, etc)
- EMG Waveform Review
- Neuropathology Didactics and Slide Review
- Journal Watch
- Fellows’ Debate Club
- Challenging Case Conference (CME-accredited)
- PNS/CNS Neuroimmunology Conference
- Neurology Grand Rounds
- Opportunities to attend multidisciplinary interdepartmental conferences focused on peripheral nerve injury, facial nerve injury, neurofibromatosis, epilepsy/EEG, and other topics.
Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM) Fellowship
Applications may be submitted through the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) portal. Visit the AANEM site to learn more about the new match system.
Our program is committed to abiding by the following fellowship application process:
Interview offers will not be made before March 1 of the year prior to the fellowship start date. Fellowship positions will not be offered before June 1 of the year prior to the fellowship start date. This timeline will allow trainees adequate time during residency to explore neuromuscular and EMG/NCS rotations and learn how they can benefit patients by specializing in these areas of medicine. Violations of this will result in removal of our institution from the AANEM Neuromuscular Fellowship Portal.
For start date of July 1, 2023, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship applications may be submitted through the portal from January through March 1, 2022. Interviews will take place from March through May and match results will be delivered on June 1, 2022.
Clinical Neurophysiology/EMG (CNP/EMG) Fellowship
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and should include CV, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. Contact program director for details.
The position for 2023-2024 has been filled.
International Medical School Graduates
See the Stanford GME site for medical licensing requirements. Please note the different requirements for Canadian trainees versus other international medical trainees.
For the 2022 recruitment cycle, the Stanford Office of Graduate Medical Education has elected to make all recruitment activities virtual. This is due to the evolving Covid-19 pandemic and varying guidelines from different medical societies and medical centers. We will strive to make your virtual recruitment and interview process as personal, detailed, and fun as it would be in person!
Contact us with questions about the program, application process, and life in the Bay Area.
Fanny Du, MD
Fanny Du is completing fellowship training in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular conditions. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Regents' and Chancellors' Scholar and graduated with high honors. She then took a year off, working in a family resource center and free clinic, serving underserved communities. She earned her medical degree from University of Michigan Medical School, where she was designated a Dean's Merit Scholar and graduated with a Distinction in Service Award. After medical school, she completed a preliminary internal medicine year at Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System, followed by neurology residency at University of California, San Diego, where she served as chief resident.
Joy Lin, MD
Dr. Joy Lin is a neurologist pursuing further subspecialty training in neuromuscular disorders. She earned her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her neurology residency at Stanford University.
Dr. Lin has maintained a strong commitment to community service and patient education throughout her career. She has provided volunteer medical services in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Tijuana, Mexico; and San Francisco's Chinatown. Prior to medical school, she led multilingual outreaches in the Asian-American community to provide health education to reduce disease morbidity and mortality. She is interested in reducing the impact of psychological stress on patient health and has published research on this topic in peer-reviewed journals.
During her fellowship year, she looks forward to developing her broad interests within the field of neuromuscular medicine, including electromyography, nerve conduction studies, and chemodenervation therapy for spasticity and dystonia.
Amanda Yaworski, MD
Amanda Yaworski is completing fellowship in neurophysiology and neuromuscular medicine with a focus on electromyography and nerve conduction studies. She earned her bachelor degree from Acadia University in 2013 where she completed her thesis focusing on event related potentials (ERPs) to understand how different age groups of children can best learn to read. Following which, she earned her MD at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Her interest in pediatric neurology was established at this time and she completed her residency in pediatric neurology at the University of Alberta. During this time she served as chief resident, received the Michael C. Koilpillai Book Award in Neurology and the EW Gauk Scholarship Award in Pediatric Neurology a total of three times. Amanda looks forward to tailoring her interest within neurophysiology and neuromuscular diseases during her fellowship. Her current interests are pediatric neuromuscular diseases and the underlying genetics.
Kenneth Leung, MD
Stanford Neuromuscular Fellow 2020-2021
Position: Clinical Instructor in the Neuromuscular Division, Stanford University
“Choosing where to go for the next stage of training is never easy, but there were so many positive aspects of the Stanford Neuromuscular Fellowship program that made me feel that it was the right fit for me. My main goal was to become the best neuromuscular clinician I could be, but I also wanted to be exposed to research and education. Ultimately my hope was to gain the experience needed to propel myself into a career as an academic clinician educator. Stanford helped me meet all these goals! I was ecstatic to train with a large group of like-minded faculty mentors, each with a passion for education and lifelong learning. The training I received in neuromuscular ultrasound and single fiber EMG, as well as my time spent in the neuromuscular pulmonology, immunology, pediatrics, genetics, and multidisciplinary MDA clinics allowed me to gain a comprehensive education. The diversity of these experiences also allowed me to explore and develop my own subspecialty interests. As part of this program, I was also given the opportunity to mold my own fellowship experience which included time to get involved in education research and have a teaching role in the medical school curriculum.
When I'm not at work, I enjoy hiking, playing tennis, and exploring new areas in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I'm happy to say that I'll be staying at Stanford next year as a Clinical Instructor in the Neuromuscular Division.“
David Post, MD, M. Eng.
Clinical Neurophysiology / EMG - Stanford, 2019-2020
Neuromuscular Neurology - Stanford, 2020-2021
Position: Neuromuscular Attending at Advocate Aurora Health in Chicago, IL
"I did my residency training at Stanford and chose to stick around for my neuromuscular training. I think the most important factor influencing my decision was the faculty. They are not only brilliant and accomplished clinicians, they are genuinely nice people who love sharing their knowledge with trainees. Their infectious enthusiasm for neuromuscular medicine helped me discover my own passion for the field and I was excited to have the opportunity to stay and continue learning from them.
Beyond this, there are many aspects of this program that I have grown to appreciate. Having experts in all aspects of neuromuscular medicine is a luxury; whenever I have a difficult case or clinical question, there is a relevant expert who is happy to give their input. The flexibility of the program allows one to seek training in neuromuscular-adjacent areas to broaden your skillset. I chose to spend time familiarizing myself with autonomic medicine and learning to inject botulinum toxin, which I hope to incorporate in my future practice. There are countless opportunities to teach medical students and residents about our field in various formats ranging from didactic talks to informal teaching in the clinic or EMG lab. Research is always happening at levels ranging from case reports to organizing international trials, and participation has not only helped me understand how to conduct my own research but also how to interpret what I read and incorporate it effectively into my own practice.
In summary, I had a great experience at Stanford and feel very fortunate to have trained here. As my training comes to an end, I am sad to leave my neurology / neuromuscular family but plan to stay in touch. I will be moving back to Chicago to be closer to my family and look forward to my next position as a neuromuscular specialist with Advocate Aurora Health."
Ava Yun Lin MD, PhD
Stanford Neuromuscular Fellow 2019-2020
Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Neurology
“There are not many programs for pediatric neuromuscular training, and Stanford has one of the most well formatted and diverse programs. My ideal fellowship would allow broad neuromuscular exposure to both pediatrics and adult patients, particularly knowing that with novel therapeutics coming into play, the age cutoff seems less realistic. I am working towards a career of a clinician and electromyographer who is well positioned for translational clinical research. Stanford provided the additional exposure to several clinical trials, which allowed me to better understand the importance of appropriate trial designs, the culture surrounding clinical trials, and how satisfying it is when you meet patients who is doing better than anticipated after the trial therapy. Through their program, I was taught the importance of teamwork. It takes a village of skilled physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, pulmonologists, social worker who is engaged in both the pediatric and adult MDA clinics, geneticist, research coordinators and nurse coordinators to form one of the most enjoyable and patient-centered clinic I’ve had the pleasure to work in. I still miss the weekly case conferences where we have the benefit of running unique and interesting cases with our diverse and experienced attendings; I’ve learned a lot through my privileged year.”
|2020 - 2021||NMM||Kenneth Leung, MD||Clinical Instructor in the Neuromuscular Division, Stanford University|
|2020 - 2021||EMG/CNP||Helen Cheung, MD||Neuromuscular/EMG Specialist, Banner Health, Fort Collins, CO|
|2021 - 2022||Research - NINDS R25||Faisal Fecto, MD, PhD||Instructor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine|
|2020 - 2021||Research - NINDS R25|
|2019 - 2020||NMM|
|2020 - 2021||NMM||David Post, MD, MS||Neuromuscular/EMG Specialist, Advocate Medical Group, Chicago, IL|
|2019 - 2020||EMG/CNP|
|2019 - 2020||NMM||Christine Lu, MD||Neuromuscular/EMG Specialist, Kaiser Permanente, Alameda, CA|
|2019 - 2020||NMM (Pediatric)||Ava Lin, MD, PhD||Assistanf Professor, Child Neurology, University of Michigan|
|2018 - 2019||NMM||Kathie Lin, MD||Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine|
|2018 - 2019||NMM||Trent Hodgson, MD||Neuromuscular/EMG Specialist, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA|
|2017 - 2018||NMM||Verena Samara, MD||Neuromuscular/EMG Specialist, PeaceHealth, Springfield, Oregon|
|2017 - 2018||NMM||Michael Lopez, MD, PhD||Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurology, University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine|
|2017 - 2018||EMG/NCP (Pediatric)||Jenna Klotz, MD||Clinical Assistant Professor, Child Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine|
|2016 - 2017||NMM||Meeta Cardon, MD||Assistant Professor, Neurology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM|
|2016 - 2017||EMG/CNP||Ning (Sarah) Yang, MD||Neuromuscular/EMG Specialist, Banner Health, Fort Collins, CO|
|2015 - 2016||NMM||Nicolaas (Colin) Anderson, DO, MS||Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX|
|2015 - 2016||EMG/CNP||Jyeming Tsao, MD||Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated), Stanford University School of Medicine + Palo Alto VA Medical Center|
|2014 - 2015||EMG/CNP||Liberty Jenkins, MBBS||Neuromuscular/EMG Specialist and Researcher, Forbes Norris ALS/MDA Research Center, San Francisco, CA|
|2015 - 2016||NMM (Pediatric)||Fellowship Faculty, Stanford University School of Medicine|
|2014 - 2015||NMM (Pediatric)||Crystal Proud, MD||Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA|
|2014 - 2015||NMM||James Orengo, MD, PhD||Assistant Professor, Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX|
|2013 - 2014||EMG/CNP||Ian Bledsoe, MD||Assistant Professor, Neurology, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA|
|2012 - 2013||EMG/CNP||Sarada Sakamuri, MD||Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine|
|2013 - 2014||NMM|
|2011 - 2012||EMG/CNP||Neelam Goyal, MD||Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine|
|2010 - 2011||EMG/CNP||Marie Gonella, MD||Neuromuscular/EMG Specialist, Kaiser Permanente, South San Francisco, CA|
|2009 - 2010||EMG/CNP||Doris Leung, MD, PhD||Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD|
|2008 - 2009||EMG/CNP||Ahmir Khan, MD||Neurologist/EMG Specialist, Northwest Neurology, Lake Barrington, IL|
|2007 - 2008||EMG/CNP||Hans Katzberg, MD||Associate Professor, Neuroscience, University of Toronto Institute of Medical Science|
|2008 - 2010||NMM (Funded by MDA)|
|2006 - 2007||EMG/CNP||Dhira Khosla, DO||Neurologist, Private practice, Oakland, CA|
|2005 - 2006||EMG/CNP||Patrick Rogan, MD||Neurologist, San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, TX|
|2004 - 2005||EMG/CNP||Amy Akers, MD||Neurologist, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Burlingame, CA|
|2003 - 2004||EMG/CNP||David Gershfield, MD||Neuromuscular/EMG Specialist, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, CA|
|2002 - 2003||EMG/CNP||Nayan Desai, MD||Neuromuscular/EMG Specialist, PAMF, Fremont, CA. Former Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSD School of Medicine|
|2001 - 2002||EMG/CNP||Wei Mi, MD||Neurologist, Dignity Health, Northridge, CA|
|2000 - 2001||EMG/CNP||Jane Distad, MD||Associate Professor, Neurology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA|
|1999 - 2000||EMG/CNP||Chien Liu, MD||Neurologist/EMG Specialist, PAMF, Mountain View, CA|
|1998 - 1999||EMG/CNP||Peter-Brian Andersson, MD, PhD||Neurologist, UCLA and Providence Health Services, Tarzana, CA|
Salary and Stipends
Salary (as of September 2021)
Stipends (as of September 2021)
- Annual educational allowance $2,000
- Cell phone allowance $1,000
- Housing stipend $7,200 per year (paid as $600 monthly)
- Moving allowance (new hires only) $3,000
- 1% annual bonus based on completion of a Quality Improvement Project
- Cost of initial CA MD license and renewals
- Cost of initial DEA and renewals
Visit https://med.stanford.edu/gme/housestaff/all-topics/stipends.html for up-to-date information and details.
Additional Benefits (as of September 2021)
Visit https://med.stanford.edu/gme/housestaff/all-topics/benefits.html#benefits-information-&-benefits-enrollment for up-to-date information and details.
- Medical, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance is provided
- Retirement savings plans
- Caltrain Go Pass (free use of commuter train that runs from San Francisco to San Jose)
- Access to Stanford University athletic facilities (gyms, pools, climbing rock, golf)
- Back up child/elder care program (80 hours per year)
- Physician white coat laundering