About the Program

Message From the Program Director

Pitchaiah Mandava, M.D., Ph.D., MSEE, Associate Professor of Neurology (320x240)
Pitchaiah Mandava, M.D., Ph.D., MSEE, Associate Professor of Neurology

The Vascular Neurology Fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine is an opportunity to learn all facets of stroke neurology at the largest medical center complex in the world, the Texas Medical Center, from leaders in stroke care, research and education. The fellowship provides training in the full spectrum of care for the stroke patients, integrating this training into stroke systems of care and developing a critical, thoughtful approach to complex patients.

The fellowship is a one-year clinical and elective program with an optional second-year research experience depending on availability. The program director is Pitchaiah Mandava, M.D., Ph.D., MSEE, associate professor in the Department of Neurology. He is a certified vascular neurologist, highly respected for his contributions to stroke research, outcome modeling and novel acute stroke therapies.

With clinical care centered at two of the largest affiliated hospitals, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, the fellow will experience two different and complementary experiences. Baylor St. Luke's has one of the busiest acute stroke services in the nation with a well-organized and active inpatient, neurocritical care and telestroke program. MEDVAMC is the largest neurology inpatient service and the only Joint Commission-certified Stroke Center in the national VA system with an emphasis on inpatient care, secondary prevention and clinical and basic research.

There are 10 Baylor neurology faculty members who directly participate in the fellowship program in addition to colleagues in interventional neuroradiology, vascular neurosurgery, vascular surgery, rehabilitation, vascular medicine and cardiology. Required and elective rotations are available to experience the entire range of expertise available. Each setting will be available for six months of required and elective rotations.