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Neurology Residency Program

Program Director:  Sandeep Rana, MD
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program Length:  'Advanced-link' combining 4-years of training into our ACGME-accredited preliminary Internal Medicine and Neurology Residency Program
Residents per year:  5

Quick guide to Neurology Residency Program

About the program

Our Neurology Residency Program, established in 1993, places a strong emphasis on traditional bedside teaching and the use of sophisticated technology in all aspects of the neurosciences, including basic neurosciences research.

The approach to practical and system-based learning is shared throughout many levels during residency training.  In addition, a strong emphasis in placed on maintaining close interactions with other disciplines.

Mission statement

Our mission is to train and enable Neurology residents to reach full potential as physicians and individuals to thereby better serve their patients and community with emphasis on social responsibility, humanism, ethical behavior and commitment to life long learning. 

Aims and objectives

  1. To teach clinical skills to residents on exemplary medical care for patients with uncompromising dedication.
  2. To promote the health of our communities by training residents equipped to meet the needs of population at large as well as underserved population.
  3. To train residents mindful of high-value care and who are competent in the application of quality improvement and patient safety principle.
  4. To support and contribute to the research mission of our medical center, nation, and the world by pursuing new up-to-date medical knowledge, promoting both bedside training or bench research.
  5. To promote the translation of the latest scientific knowledge to the bedside or to improve our understanding of the disease pathogenesis and ensure that all patients receive the most scientifically appropriate and up-to-date patient care.
  6. To promote social justice by advocating for equitable health care, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, social status, or ability to pay.
  7. To foster a culture of professionalism and treat our colleagues/ hospital staff with kindness, respect, and patience.
  8. To promote well-being amongst Neurology residents, faculty and colleagues by pursuing optimal work life balance, healthy lifestyle and developing resilience.

Welcome from the Department Chairman

Welcome to the Neurology Residency Website for Allegheny General Hospital. We are glad you are taking this opportunity to learn more about us. We offer a vibrant residency centered at Allegheny General Hospital, with a full complement of inpatient and outpatient experience. This includes extensive neurology critical care training, along with research opportunities in both basic neurosciences and clinical research. Our residents present regularly at national neurology meetings, including multiple subspecialty conferences, and are well represented in publishing articles during their residencies in major neurology journals.

Our faculty is of the highest quality and we have fellowship trained physicians in Neuroimmunology, Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Neuromuscular Disorders, Stroke, and Neuro-Oncology. In addition to the usual resident rotations in inpatient general neurology and outpatient clinics, elective rotations are offered in all these subspecialty disciplines, and also in Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Neuro-rehabilitation and Neuropathology.

I believe that the greatest strength of our program however is the relationship developed among the faculty and the residents. Most programs will tout collegiality with the faculty, but we take this commitment very seriously and due to the relatively small size of the program the residents not only get extensive hands on teaching from the faculty, but personal relationships are engendered that lead to real mentorship and extend into the resident’s future careers.

Lastly, our goal is to prepare our residents for their future whether it is in academic medicine or private practice. A substantial proportion of our residents continue their training in fellowships and their ability to obtain programs of their choice has been gratifying.

I hope you find the Website informative and I believe we offer you an exciting Neurology Residency Program that will train you well and prepare you for your future.

James P. Valeriano, MD
Chairman, Department of Neurology
Allegheny Health Network

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the Neurology department of Allegheny General Hospital. Here at Allegheny, educating Neurology residents and fellows is at the heart of our core mission along with patient care and clinical research. Over the last two decades our residency program has flourished, and has expanded from three residents a year to five per year. Residents work closely with faculty and are trained in the latest cutting edge treatment of Neurological disorders.

Our experienced faculty is the strength of the program. They are all fellowship trained and practice their subspecialty along with general Neurology. The other strong aspect of our program is the high volume of patients with wide spectrum of Neurological disorders that are treated at our department. This allows residents to get practical training in wide variety of Neurological disorders. Some highlights of our program include the following:

  • Stroke Program- designated as a Comprehensive Stroke center. Here residents get experience in the management of acute stroke and develop competence in selecting patients for tPA therapy , as well as endovascular intervention.
  • Multiple Sclerosis Clinic is one of the largest in western Pennsylvania and residents get trained in the latest treatment options of Multiple Sclerosis including Tysabri infusions.
  • ALS Center which recently was designated as a “Center of Excellence” by National ALS association- services a high volume of ALS patients by providing multidisciplinary care. At the clinic the residents learn the diagnostic challenges and the palliative care in patients with ALS.
  • Epilepsy Clinic- here residents are exposed to wide variety of Epilepsy syndromes and learn how they are managed. A new state of the art Epilepsy Monitoring unit was recently started at Allegheny General Hospital and has expanded the capability in monitoring epilepsy patients.
  • Myasthenia Gravis clinic is the largest clinic in Western Pennsylvania dedicated to management of Myasthenia Gravis. Residents rotate at the clinic and get first-hand experience in treating the disorder.
  • Movement Disorder clinic- Residents learn management of Parkinson’s disease, Dystonia, Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders. It is also a center that services one of the largest patient populations with Deep Brain stimulators for various movement disorders. 

Other notable aspects of our program that enrich the learning experience are the presence of faculty specializing in Neuro Oncology, and intraoperative Neurophysiology monitoring. The residents can also choose elective rotations in Sleep laboratory where they learn from Board certified Sleep disorder specialists. The residents also work closely with Neurosurgery and Neuro radiology departments.

In the EMG laboratory, the residents get hands on experience in performing the studies. Residents get training in Pediatric Neurological disorders by doing rotations at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh. Our department is also a site for rotations of Medical students from