Residency in Neurology at Northwell Health

About us

The Barbara and Donald Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health Neurology Residency Training Program provides a broad clinical and didactic curriculum that not only meets but far surpasses the training requirements set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The three-year program begins at the PGY-2 level. Throughout the three years, the resident will attain the experience, skills and knowledge necessary for the independent practice of neurology.

Residents interact with clinicians at various teaching sites throughout the didactic program, including Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital and the clinics at 611 Northern Boulevard. This program offers significant individualized attention to the residents as well as a diverse exposure to the field of neurology.

The vast array of clinical material covered by this residency is further enhanced by an extremely dedicated full-time teaching staff with areas of sub-specialization in stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular diseases, neuro-rehabilitation, movement disorders, behavioral neurology, pain and headache, neuro-oncology, and multiple sclerosis, as well as a range of other specialties. The voluntary staff also actively participates in the teaching program to expose residents to all models of practice. The breadth of opportunity available to our residents continues to grow exponentially.



The overall goal of the Neurology Residency Training Program is to prepare resident physicians for the independent practice of clinical neurology. Each resident comes to the program with at least one preliminary year of training (PGY-1) that contained either eight months in internal medicine or six months in internal medicine and at least two months’ total time in pediatrics, emergency medicine or both. The program is structured so that each resident has at least 18 months (or full-time equivalent) of clinical adult neurology, including at least 6 months (or full-time equivalent) of outpatient neurology. As the residents progress through the program, there is progressively more responsibility assigned.

The following provides an overview of our program’s goals and philosophy as well as an outline of our curriculum and teaching schedule. However, no website can answer every candidate's questions; we encourage you to call us if we can clarify or expand on any of the components of our program.

First year of the Neurology Residency Program (PGY-2)

During their first year of the Neurology Residency Program, the resident is exposed to an unusually wide spectrum of neurological disorders, from acute to chronic, common to rare. First-year residents spend much of their time on the inpatient general neurology service and neurovascular service at North Shore University Hospital, the consult services at both North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, as well as two weeks on the neuroradiology rotation and a block of elective.

Second year of the Neurology Residency Program (PGY-3)

The second-year neurology resident spends seven blocks on the adult neurology inpatient services. One block of psychiatry, one block of pediatric neurology at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, two blocks of electives and one block of intensive outpatient subspecialty clinics round out the second-year experience.

Third year of the Neurology Residency Program (PGY-4)

The third year is the chief year. Three overall chiefs are chosen, but everyone gets to participate as a chief on each of the inpatient services. The rest of the year is split into different experiences. Five blocks of elective/OPD time are available to pursue neurologic subspecialties and outpatient exposure. Other blocks include two blocks of pediatric neurology, one block of neurophysiology and one block of neurocritical care (where neurosurgical exposure is obtained).

Conferences and rounds

The Department of Neurology schedules a wide range of educational conferences, including:

Morning report
Selected admissions to the inpatient neurology service and neurology consultations occur Monday through Friday, with senior leadership present every weekday a both sites. Particular patient management dilemmas are emphasized and the course of the night discussed in detail. All neurology residents on the inpatient services attend morning report.

Attending rounds and professor’s rounds
The stroke, epilepsy and general neurology attendings conduct attending rounds every morning. Cases are presented, examined and discussed in detail with the attending neurologist. Our chairman, Dr. Soujel Najjar, makes chairman’s rounds once a week with the residents. The most interesting inpatient is discussed at these rounds and difficult cases are broken down and analyzed with full resident participation.

All neurology residents on the inpatient services attend attending rounds and professor's rounds. These rounds are patient-centered and teaching-centered. Rounds occur at the bedside, and examination skills and diagnostic reasoning are stressed.

Grand rounds
Grand rounds are held on Fridays from 8:30 am to 9:30 am, during which invited speakers present a pre-determined topic of interest.

Clinical neurology conferences
This conference is held once a week. Taught by subspecialists in each field, sessions cover cerebrovascular disorders, movement disorders, critical care neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders and pediatric neurology.

Epilepsy conference
Patients with unusual or difficult-to-manage seizure disorders are discussed. Both pharmacologic and surgical therapies are emphasized. Interpretation of EEGs is stressed at this conference.

Neuroradiology conference
Faculty and residents from the departments of neuroradiology and neurology meet weekly to review interesting imaging studies for patients on the clinical services.

Journal club
Journal club alternates with professor’s rounds and all residents attend. Neurology faculty reviews and discusses journal articles with the residents. This session enhances the practical understanding of evidence-based neurology.

Basic science
This conference series has been designed to supplement residency education in areas of neuroscience. Specific topics that are covered include anatomy, physiology (cellular and systems), pharmacology, genetics, neuropathology and neurochemistry.

Outpatient clinics

Our program offers extensive training and experience in ambulatory neurology. 

The neurology clinics are set up in such a way as to simulate as much as possible in a private practice setting. Continuity of patient care and resident education are a high priority in the design of the clinics. Hence, residents are assigned to a specific clinic, each headed by full-time attending neurologists, for their entire three years of residency. The patients are also maintained as much as possible in the same clinic, even though residents change every three years. In this way, the clinic attendings become familiar with the more complex clinic patients and smooth the transition of resident turnover.

We view the clinics as the most important outpatient activity for our residents, since they provide a continuity experience for learning how to care for a cohort of patients. In addition, a unique mentoring relationship develops between the resident and the clinic attendings over three years. This is also an opportunity for the residents to practice their procedural skills, with many patients requiring trigger point injections, botulinum toxin and nerve blocks for a range of conditions.

All neurology residents spend one half-day per week throughout their entire residency in the neurology clinics.


Elective schedules, including the choice and duration of particular electives, are arranged to meet the career plans of the individual resident and to satisfy requirements of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. A wide range of electives is available, as listed below.

Sleep disorders elective

The sleep medicine rotation is conducted in the Sleep Disorders Center, which consists of a multidisciplinary outpatient sleep clinic. Faculty members from the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine assess adult patients with potential sleep disorders at the Center. The goal of this elective is to understand the clinical features of sleep disorders and the modalities used for their diagnosis and treatment, to understand the physiological substrates involved in normal and pathological sleep, and to develop sufficient familiarity with the Polysomnogram (PSG) and Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) to allow basic recognition of sleep stages and fundamental sleep disorders.

Neuro-oncology elective

The goal of the neuro-oncology elective is to introduce residents to the diagnosis and treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors as well as the neurological complications of cancer, including neuropathy, seizures, cord compression, radiation necrosis and steroid myopathy. The most common malignant tumor in adults is glioblastoma, and treatment of patients with this disease is stressed.  Residents also become familiar with appropriate palliative interventions and treatments and gain experience with discussing prognosis, goals of care and advance directives with patients and families.

Neuro-ophthalmology elective

The neuro-ophthalmology elective takes place in the ophthalmology clinic under the direction of a board-certified neuro-ophthalmologist. The goal of this elective is to learn how to perform a neuro-ophthalmic history and examination, focusing on examination techniques that are useful in a general neurologic practice; to learn to differentiate optic nerve disease from other ophthalmic causes of visual loss based on the history and exam; and to become proficient in identifying normal optic nerve anatomy, optic disc edema, papilledema and optic atrophy.

Neuroradiology elective

The neuroradiology elective takes place in the radiology department at North Shore University Hospital and/or Long Island Jewish Medical Center under the direction of the neuroradiology faculty. The goal of this elective is to develop a proficiency in interpreting CT and MR images of the brain and spinal cord; to learn the indications and contraindications for ordering myelography and angiography of the head, neck, and spine; and to understand the limitations of each neuroimaging study.

Neuropathology elective

Residents work with faculty in the division of neuropathology to learn the pathologic basis for neurologic disease. Classic neuropathologic categories of disease are stressed, including vascular diseases, neoplasms, demyelinating disorders, infectious diseases, head trauma, toxic and metabolic disorders, and degenerative disorders.

Pain management elective

The pain management elective is conducted at the Pain and Headache Treatment Center. In this department, faculty members and psychologists assess and treat adult patients with chronic pain problems. The goal of the pain management elective is to understand diagnostic and treatment strategies for managing common chronic pain conditions; to identify indications for interventional and surgical therapies for chronic pain conditions; and to develop familiarity with common fluoroscopy-based procedures, including epidural interventions.

Headache elective

In conjunction with the pain management elective, the headache elective is conducted in the Pain and Headache Treatment Center. The goal of this elective is to understand the diagnostic and treatment strategies for managing chronic headache conditions.

Private neurology practice elective

The residency program emphasizes academic and research neurology; experience in private practice neurology is limited. This rotation will provide neurology residents with the opportunity to explore private practice neurology in a outpatient setting. Residents will spend two to four weeks rotating in a private neurology practice to learn about insurance and billing issues integral to running a private practice.


Application Process

Applicants interested in our residency program should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS), which allows applications starting Sept. 15. No applications are reviewed after March 1.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Please ensure that you have registered with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Information about the NRMP may be found on their website. For information, applicants should contact the help desk specialists at (866) 617-5838. 

All correspondence concerning the residency program should be addressed to:

Jiselle Petrusky
Training Program Administrator

Department of Neurology
Northwell Health
300 Community Drive, Tower Pavilion – 9th Floor
Manhasset, NY 11030
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (516) 562-2303

Our Faculty

Program director

Noah L. Rosen, MD

  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Additional faculty

Surya M. Vishnubhakat, MD

  • Chief of Division - Neuromuscular Disease of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Vice Chairman of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Richard Benjamin Libman, MD

  • Chief of Division - Cerebrovascular Disease of Neurology - Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Vice Chairman - Vice Chairman of Neurology of Neurology - Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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House staff

Chief residents

Julie Ann Cardiullo, MD
Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical: New York Medical College
Hobbies: Reading, Traveling, Spending time with family and friends

Luca Gilberto, MD
Undergraduate: University of Milano, Italy
Medical: University of Milano, Italy
Interests: Degenerative Diseases, Alzheimer's disease
Hobbies: Jazz, Running, Ballet, Photography, Fine dining

Michael Nissenbaum, MD
Undergraduate: Binghamton University
Medical: Technion American Medical School
Interests: Epilepsy
Hobbies: Guitar, Piano


Zarmeneh Aly, MBBS
Undergraduate: Lahore Grammar School
Medical: Aga Khan University
Interests: Neurology, Epilepsy
Hobbies:  Literature, Painting, Baking, Traveling

Shany David, MD
Undergraduate: Rutgers University
Medical: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Interests: Epilepsy, Vascular Neurology
Hobbies: Cinema, Science fiction, Swimming, Skiing

Ian C. Lee, MD
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical: Brown University
Hobbies: Piano, Computers, Skiing, Tennis

Belma Sadikovic, MD
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical: University of California, Davis
Interests: Vascular Neurology, Headache. Neurocritical Care, Autoimmune Neurology
Hobbies: Traveling, Reading, Comedy movies


Reuben D. Burshstein, DO
Undergraduate:University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Medical: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY
Interests: Clinical Neurophysiology, Pain Management
Hobbies: Traveling, Sports, Politics, Michigan Wolverines

Hema Gajula, MD
Medical: Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India
Interests: Pain Management
Hobbies: Reading, Movies, Cooking, Traveling

Anirudh Kapoor, MBBS
Undergraduate: Little Flower Junior College, Hyderabad, India
Medical: Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
Interests: Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care
Hobbies: Swimming, Water sports, Playing guitar, Music

Thomas Kodankandath, MD
Undergraduate: Rutgers University, New Jersey
Medical: Ross University School of Medicine
Interests: Vascular Neurology
Hobbies: Reading, Movies, Running, Spending time with family

Sami H. Moshi, MBChB
Medical: University of Mosul, Iraq
Interests: Deep Brain Stimulation
Hobbies: Photography, Chess, Tennis

Sammy D. Pishanidar, MD
Undergraduate: SUNY, Binghampton
Medical: St. George's Universitym, Grenada
Interests:General Neurology, Vascular Neurology
Hobbies: Traveling, Music, Sports, Spending time with family and friends

Nadia SotudehMD
Undergraduate: SUNY, Binghampton
Medical: American University of Antigua
Hobbies: Traveling, Spending time with family and friends, Baking, Skiing


Derek Cheng, DO
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Medical: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Behavioral Neurology, Vascular Neurology
Hobbies:  Photography, Film making, Cello, Running Traveling

Amy Theresa Hua, DO
Undergraduate: SUNY, Stony Brook
Medical:New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests:Pain Medicine, Neurological Rehabilitation, Neuromuscular
Hobbies: Rock climbing, Dancing Chinese Zither, Cooking, Traveling

Tanya Kapoor, DO
Undergraduate: SUNY, Stony Brook
Medical: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests:Memory Disorders, Behavioral Neurology, Vacular Neurology
Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, Traveling, Spending time with family and close friends, Working out, Music

Sidrah Mahmud, MD
Undergraduate: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
Medical: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Sleep Research, Cognitive Neurology, Pain Management
Hobbies:Travel, International cuisines, Physical fitness, Photography

Margarita Mikhalova, MD
Undergraduate: Macauley Honors College AT CUNY Hunter College
Medical: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
nterests: Headache, Chronic Pain, Movement Disorders
Hobbies:Traveling, Reading Non-fiction and popular science genres,Compling scrapbooks, Photography

Evan R. Schloss,MD
Undergraduate: Union College
Medical: New York Medical College
Interests: Neuro-opthalmology
Hobbies:Cooking, Watching Movies, Skiiing, Playing with my dog

Steven Tversky, DO
Undergraduate: CUNY, Hunter College
Medical:New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies:Golf, Travel Kayaking

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