Message from the Fellowship Director

Dear Fellowship Candidates,

Welcome to the University of California, San Diego Vascular Neurology Fellowship Training Program! It is an exciting time for vascular neurologists and we are committed to providing you with the best training possible. 

A major aim of this fellowship program is to train well-rounded vascular neurologists ho are equipped with the confidence and tools to transition into either an academic or community setting upon graduation. Fellows graduating from this program have gone on to become stroke directors in both the academic and community settings, developed business models to implement their own Telemedicine program, and have pursued endovascular and neurocritical care fellowships to further their training (to name a few). As such, the best feature of this fellowship program is producing vascular neurologists who are unique from each other.

To achieve our fellowship aim, you will find that this program attempts to provide a balanced clinical and research curriculum. As you progress through the fellowship, you will progressively gain more confidence and autonomy in managing cerebrovascular disease and acute stroke codes, both within the bedside and telemedicine settings. Note that this fellowship is not just geared to administering acute stroke interventions. Instead, vascular neurologists graduating from our program stand out because of the ability to recognize the subtleties and eloquence of managing acute stroke patients, especially those that may not be candidates for acute stroke interventions. You will gain immense knowledge in different facets of stroke care, such as stroke prevention, acute stroke management, and stroke recovery that will allow you to approach any cerebrovascular case with confidence.

Our fellowship program also significantly participates in the NIH-funded StrokeNet program where you will learn about and enroll patients into cutting-edge stroke research that spans all different areas of vascular neurology and stroke care. You will also have opportunities to develop your own research project ideas and understand the nuances of research protocol and regulations. You will develop your own research methodology while keeping in mind how your project translates to furthering clinical practice in stroke.

We are confident that the experience you gain during your fellowship training will be meaningful and enjoyable. On behalf of the UCSD Stroke Team, I would like to welcome you to our vascular neurology fellowship program. Please take the time to explore everything our UCSD Stroke Center and Fellowship Program have to offer and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

We are excited to have you as part of our stroke team!

Kunal Agrawal, MD
Program Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship
UC San Diego Health System
kuagrawal@ucsd.edu