Education : Neurology Residency Program

Program Overview

Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the UHealth Tower, all located at the University of Miami Medical Campus, provide over 2500 hospital beds, making UM/Jackson the largest hospital facility in the southern United States. Jackson is the main referral hospital for communities in South Florida and in Central and South America and is one of the nation’s busiest hospitals. Its strength is a broad range of tertiary services and clinical programs designed to serve the entire community, and a medical staff that is recognized nationally for the quality of its patient care, teaching and research. The depth and breadth of cases, and the diverse pathologies make Jackson an ideal place to train in Neurology, offering residents the opportunities to see both bread and butter neurology and the “zebras”. The addition of the UHealth Tower (UHT located directly across the street from JMH), allows our trainees to see a variety of cases in a private, community-based setting. The combination of JMH, the Miami VA and UHT provides a unique and comprehensive training environment that is second to none.

Eighty-five faculty members (14 of which are research faculty) of the UM Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology serve as attending physicians in Jackson’s residency training program in neurology and provide cutting-edge knowledge and experience in clinical neurology and neuroscience research. Every subspecialty area of neurology is represented in our staff, and active recruitment is always under way to broaden the program. In fact, the Department has hired over many new faculty members in a variety of specialties over the last 10 years. Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chairman of Neurology and Olemberg Family Chair of Neurological Disorders and past President of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Dr. Sacco is the 3rd Chairman of our department, precedes Dr. Walter Bradley (1989 – 2006) and Dr. Peritz Scheinberg (1955- 1989). Our hospital system is a designed comprehensive Stroke Center, a Level IV comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and a nationally recognized Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Areas of particular strength in patient care, research and teaching within the neurology service include: cerebrovascular diseases, neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders, epilepsy and EEG, multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology, behavioral neuroscience and cognitive disorders, neuro-oncology, neurovirology, headache medicine and sleep medicine. There are also well-funded basic research programs in cerebrovascular disease, cerebral metabolism, neurotrauma, cell biology and molecular genetics, mitochondrial biology, neurovirology, neuroimmunology, and several other research fields. The Department is ranked #18 in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and our Chair, Dr. Ralph Sacco, was honored as the recipient of the NIH Javits Award, for his landmark study, NOMAS. We are also part of the NeuroNext network research collaboration. The School of Medicine’s Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education provides innovative neurological clinical teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, and is nationally recognized. We encourage all our residents to participate in research and for those with strong interests in research we invite them to apply to our Resident Clinician Researcher Track.