Epilepsy Fellowship Program at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Epilepsy Fellowship Program at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

About the Epilepsy Fellowship Program

The Epilepsy Fellowship Program at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell  is founded upon competency-based education, including medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism. The program stresses acquisition of medical knowledge and the clinical and surgical skills required for excellent care of patients with epilepsy and related conditions.

The Epilepsy Fellowship Program begins in July each year. During the year of training, fellows are given a broad and in-depth clinical experience in the medical and surgical management of seizure disorders and in the technical, interpretive, and clinical aspects of electroencephalogram (EEG).  

Training information

The program is based out of three hospitals, all certified by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as level 4 epilepsy centers: North Shore University Hospital, the primary teaching site of the Zucker School of Medicine; Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City; and Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

The combined program includes:

  • 20 epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) beds
  • Long term monitoring and consultative services
  • Active outpatient adult and pediatric epilepsy clinics
  • An active epilepsy surgery program
  • A research program including both clinical and basic science endeavors

Didactics include a structured lecture series, clinical and scientific weekly conferences, journal clubs, case conferences and research meetings. Exposure to sleep medicine will be integrated into the clinical and educational experience.

For applicants who have already completed a clinical neurophysiology fellowship, the year will be geared toward advanced clinical cases, accelerated in-depth surgical training and research endeavors. For those completing a pediatric neurology residency program, the fellowship will be tailored to include a greater degree of pediatric exposure. 

Application process

Ideal applicants should be conscientious and reliable team players with good communication skills, a solid basic foundation in neurology, and a passion for taking care of patients with epilepsy.

Candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME or RCPSC accredited program in neurology, child neurology, or neurodevelopment disabilities. Other requirements include:

  • Completed Housestaff application form
  • Personal statement/cover letter
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Dean's letter from your medical school
  • Copy of your medical school diploma
  • USMLE or Comlex scores
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Photograph (optional)

To apply for the Epilepsy Fellowship Program, please contact:

Jiselle Petrusky
Training Program Administrator
(516) 562-2303 

Sean T. Hwang
Fellowship Program Director
[email protected]

Faculty

North Shore University Hospital:

  • Fred Lado, MD, PhD
  • Steven V. Pacia, MD
  • Sean T. Hwang, MD
  • Stephan Bickel, MD, PhD
  • Aradia Fu, MD
  • Chetan Malpe, MD
  • Scott J. Stevens, MD
  • Ashesh Mehta, MD, PhD
  • Yael Cukiel, PhD

Lenox Hill Hospital:

  • Souhel Najjar, MD
  • Derek J. Chong, MD
  • Meghan Fleming, MD
  • Ruben Kuzniecky, MD
  • Justin Marcus, MD
  • Nadia Sotudeh, MD
  • Viginia de Sanctis, PhD
  • Brittany LeMonda, PhD

Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center:

  • Sanjeev Kothare, MD
  • Muruvet Elkay, MD
  • Shefali Karkare, MD
  • Emma Laureta, MD
  • Joseph Maytal, MD
  • Ivan Pavkovic, MD