Clinical Fellowship Training Program

The DMRF offers one-year fellowships to support the training of exceptionally qualified neurologists.

These fellowships are in preparation for a clinical career in movement disorders with a special competence in the evaluation and treatment of dystonia.

The training program should focus on critical aspects of dystonia including: clinical diagnosis and evaluation, ongoing patient care and management, pharmacotherapy with a special emphasis on neurotoxin therapy, and neurosurgical interventions, such as deep brain stimulation. The training must be patient-oriented and include hands-on experience in clinics as well as participation in professional meetings and workshops. Involvement in the activities of the Dystonia Coalition and participation in courses related to dystonia at major neurological meetings will also be required. Second year fellowships, for those who have completed a first year of training in movement disorders, should focus on clinical research as a major part of their program.

Congratulations to our 2015 Clinical Fellows and their mentors:

Leonardo Almeida
University of Florida
Mentor: Mike Okun

Kelly Andrzejewski
University of Rochester
Mentor: Richard Barbano

Sophie Cho
Mentor: Mark Hallett

Jeffrey Ratliff
Mount Sinai
Mentor: Rachel Saunders-Pullman

Laura Scorr
Emory University
Mentors: Buz Jinnah/Stewart Factor

Congratulations to our 2014 Clinical Fellows and their mentors:

Erin Deegan, MD
Beth Israel Medical Center
Mentor: Rachel Saunders-Pullman, MD, MPH

Svjetlana Miocinovic, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Mentor: Phil Starr, MD

Pichet Termsarasab, MD
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mentor: Steven Frucht, MD

For more information on this program contact Jody Roosevelt at or 312-755-0198.

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