Hofstra UCNS Clinical Fellowship in Neurocritical Care at Northwell Health

Hofstra UCNS Clinical Fellowship in Neurocritical Care at Northwell Health

About us

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Cushing Neuroscience Institute are proud to offer clinical subspecialty training in Neurocritical Care at North Shore University Hospital.

This fellowship curriculum is UCNS-accredited and is a two-year comprehensive and multidisciplinary program elaborated to educate fellows in the care of complex and diverse adult critically ill patients with any type of primary or secondary neurologic injury.

As per UCNS clauses, the fellow applicant must have completed ACGME/RCPSC-accredited residency training and be board eligible in the USA or Canada in either internal medicine, emergency medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, general surgery, or anesthesiology.

It is a rigorous training program matching all requirements and going even beyond the criteria set forth by UCNS. Emphasis is put at Hofstra on a few expertise skills: Clinical acumen with refined neurological semiology, advanced neuroimaging, advanced neurosonology, critical care ultrasound, multimodal neuromonitoring with haute individualized neurocritical care, neurotrauma, telemedicine and helicopter deployment (with our Sky Health Team), expertise in neurocoagulation, as well as quality and performance improvement.

The training program is aligned with ACGME requirements, but as Neurocritical Care is not recognized by the ACGME yet (like many novel medical sub-specialties), it is not endorsed by the ABMS. Our program is still compliant with our institutional GME regulations set forth by the Zucker School of Medicine GMEC.

Our UCNS training is generally a 2-year program for these physicians who completed ACGME/RCPSC-accredited residency internal medicine, emergency medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, general surgery, or anesthesiology, but it is also available as a one-year program for those who trained 6 years in neurosurgery, as well as for those who completed fellowships in critical care, whether it was in anesthesiology & critical care medicine, surgical critical care, internal medicine & critical care or emergency & critical care (with at least 6 months in direct care of critically ill patients in an ICU within this prior fellowship training, in accordance with UCNS definitions).

Pediatric neurologists willing to sub-specialize in neurocritical care should select another program where they can be exposed to pediatric as well as adult neurocritical care, which is unfortunately not available at our institution yet.

Application process

[email protected] with a letter of interest, CV and three letters of recommendations. We are also now participating in the SF Match pairing system for one position.

For more information, contact the program coordinator, Gina Barbera [email protected]

Our faculty

Program director

Associate program director

Zachary D. Levy, MD, Associate Director, UCNS Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Our team of neurointensivists

  • Richard E. Temes, MD, MS, Neurointensivist, Director, Division of Neurocritical Care and Director, North Shore University Hospital Neuro-ICU, Department of Neurosurgery.
  • David E. Ledoux, MD, Neurointensivist, Director, Phase 3 trials in Neurocritical Care, Department of Neurosurgery.
  • Celine Rahman-Dematteo, MD, Neurointensivist, Director, Quality & Safety in Neurocritical Care, Department of Neurosurgery.
  • Paulomi Kadakia Bhalla, MD, Neurointensivist, Director Informatics & Telemedicine in Neurocritical Care, Department of Neurosurgery.
  • Yogesh Moradiya, MD, Neurointensivist, Director for IOM in Neurocritical Care, Department of Neurosurgery.
  • Jamie Ullman, MD, FACS, FAANS, Director, Neurotrauma and Director, CAST Neurotrauma/Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program, Department of Neurosurgery.
  • Richard A. Bagdonas, MD, FACS, Surgical Critical Care Attending in the SICU, Department of Surgery and Per-Diem Nocturnal Neurointensivist in the Neuro-ICU.
  • Allamprabhu S. Patil, MBBS, MD, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neuro-oncology & Neuroimaging Neurologist, Department of Neurology and Per-Diem Nocturnal Neurointensivist in the Neuro-ICU.
  • Narendra Singh, MBBD, MD, Internist, Pulmonologist, Sleep Specialist and Intensivist, Director of North Shore University Hospital SICU, Department of Medicine and Per-Diem Nocturnal Neurointensivist in the Neuro-ICU.
  • Matthew Bank, MD, FACS, Acute Care Surgeon, Traumatologist and Intensivist, Director of North Shore University Hospital Trauma, Department of Surgery.

Other key personnel