About us

The North Shore-LIJ Health System residency training program in neurology provides a broad clinical and didactic curriculum that meets the training requirements set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The three-year program begins at the PGY-2 level. Throughout the three years, the resident will attain the experience, skills, and knowledge necessary for the independent practice of neurology.  The residents interact with clinicians at various teaching sites throughout the didactic program. This program offers significant individualized attention to the residents as well as a diverse exposure to the field of Neurology.

The vast array of clinical material is further enhanced by an extremely dedicated full-time teaching staff, with areas of sub-specialization in stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular diseases, neuro-rehabilitation, movement disorders, behavioral neurology, pain and headache, neuro-oncology, and multiple sclerosis. The voluntary staff participates so actively in the teaching program that the distinction between voluntary and full-time has become almost meaningless. The breadth of opportunity will only grow, as the Neuroscience Initiative (a prime focus of the Health System) matures.

Curriculum

The overall goal of the Neurology Residency Training Program is to prepare the resident physician for the independent practice of clinical neurology. Each resident comes to the program having had at least one preliminary year of training (PGY-1) that contained either eight months in internal medicine or six months in internal medicine and at least two months total time in pediatrics, emergency medicine, or both. The three-year program in neurology is structured so that each resident has at least 18 months (full-time equivalent) of clinical adult neurology, including at least 6 months (full-time equivalent) of outpatient neurology. As the residents progress through the program, there is progressively more responsibility assigned.

The following provides an overview of program goals and philosophy and an outline of our curriculum and teaching schedule. No website can answer every candidate's questions. Therefore, we encourage you to call us if we can clarify or expand on any components of our program.

First Year of the Neurology Residency Program (PGY-2)

During their first year of the Neurology Residency Program, the resident is exposed to an unusually wide spectrum of neurological disorders, including those that are acute and chronic, and common and rare.  First-year residents spend nine blocks at North Shore University Hospital and/or Long Island Jewish Medical Center on the inpatient neurology services, one block at Montefiore Medical Center on the floor service, one block at North Shore University Hospital on the neurosurgery rotation, 2-weeks on the neuroradiology rotation and a 2-week elective.

Second Year of the Neurology Residency Program (PGY-3)

The second-year neurology resident spends six and half blocks on the adult neurology inpatient services. One block of psychiatry, one block of pediatric neurology, six weeks on the consult service at Montefiore Medical Center, and two blocks of electives round out the second-year experience.

Fourth Year of the Neurology Residency Program (PGY-4)

The fourth-year neurology resident has five blocks of elective/OPD time available to pursue neurologic subspecialties and outpatient exposure. The remainder of the year includes three blocks on the adult neurology inpatient services, two blocks of pediatric neurology, one block of advanced neurophysiology (EEG), EMG.

Conferences & rounds

The Department of Neurology schedules a wide range of educational conferences. Below are a few:

Morning Report
Selected admissions to the inpatient Neurology service and Neurology consultations are Monday through Friday with Drs. Kanner, Vishnubhakat, Katz and the neurology attendings on service. Particular patient management dilemmas are emphasized. All neurology residents on the inpatient services attend morning report.

Attending Rounds and Professor’s Rounds
The Stroke and General Neurology Attendings conduct Attending Rounds every morning. Cases are presented, examined, and discussed in detail with the attending neurologist. Dr. Kanner conducts Professor's Rounds every other Friday. The most interesting inpatient is discussed at these rounds.

All neurology residents on the inpatient services attend Attending Rounds and Professor's Rounds. These rounds are patient-centered and teaching-centered. Rounds occur at the bedside, and examination skills and diagnostic reasoning are stressed.

Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds are held on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. During this time invited speakers present a pre-determined topic of interest.

Clinical Neurology Conferences
This conference is held once a week, these sessions cover Cerebrovascular Disorders, Movement Disorders, Critical Care Neurology, Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro-Oncology, Epilepsy, Neuromuscular, Pediatric Neurology, and are taught by subspecialists in each field.

Epilepsy Conference
Patients with unusual or difficult-to-manage seizure disorders are discussed. Both pharmacologic and surgical therapies are emphasized. Interpretation of EEGs is stressed at this conference.

Neuroradiology Conference
Faculty and residents from the departments of Neuroradiology and Neurology meet weekly to review interesting imaging studies for patients on the clinical services.

Journal Club
Journal Club alternates with Professor’s Rounds and all residents attend. Neurology faculty reviews and discusses journal articles with the residents. This session enhances the practical understanding of evidence-based neurology.

Basic Science
This conference series has been designed to supplement residency education in areas of neuroscience. Specific topics that are covered include anatomy, physiology (cellular and systems), pharmacology, genetics, neuropathology, and neurochemistry.

Outpatient clinics

Extensive training and experience in ambulatory neurology occurs throughout the three-year neurology training program.

The Neurology Clinics are set up in such a way as to simulate as much as possible a private-practice setting. Continuity of patient care and resident education are a high priority in the design of the clinics . Hence, residents are assigned to a specific clinic, each headed by full-time attending neurologists, for their entire three years of residency. Also, the patients are maintained as much as possible in the same clinic, even though residents change every three years. In this way, the clinic attendings become familiar with the more complex clinic patients and smooth the transition of resident turnover.

We view the clinics as the most important outpatient activity for the neurology residents, since they provide a continuity experience for learning how to care for a cohort of patients. In addition, a unique mentoring relationship develops between the resident and the clinic attendings over three years.

All neurology residents spend one half-day per week throughout their entire three-year residency in the neurology clinics.

Electives

Elective schedules, including the choice and duration of particular electives, are arranged to meet the career plans of the individual resident and to satisfy requirements of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. A wide range of electives is available, as listed below.

Sleep Disorders Elective

The Sleep Medicine rotation is conducted in the Sleep Disorders Center, which consists of a multidisciplinary outpatient sleep clinic. Faculty members from the departments of Pulmonary Medicine, assess adult patients with potential sleep disorders at the Center. The goal of this elective is to understand the clinical features of sleep disorders and the modalities used for their diagnosis and treatment; to understand the physiological substrates involved in normal and pathological sleep; and to develop sufficient familiarity with the Polysomnogram (PSG) and Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) to allow basic recognition of sleep stages and fundamental sleep disorders.

Neuro-Oncology Elective

The goal of the neuro-oncology elective is to introduce residents to the diagnosis and treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors as well as the neurological complications of cancer, including neuropathy, seizures, cord compression, radiation necrosis, and steroid myopathy. The most common malignant tumor in adults is glioblastoma, and treatment of patients with this disease is stressed.  Residents also become familiar with appropriate palliative interventions and treatments. The also gain experience with discussing prognosis, goals of care, and advance directives with patients and families.

Neuro-ophthalmology Elective

The Neuro-ophthalmology elective takes place in the ophthalmology clinic, under the direction of a board-certified neuro-ophthalmologists. The goal of this elective is to learn how to perform a neuro-ophthalmic history and examination, focusing on examination techniques that are useful in a general neurologic practice; to learn to differentiate optic nerve disease from other ophthalmic causes of visual loss based on the history and exam; and to become proficient in identifying normal optic nerve anatomy, optic disc edema, papilledema, and optic atrophy.

Neuroradiology Elective

The Neuroradiology elective takes place in the radiology department at North Shore University Hospital and/or Long Island Jewish Medical Center, under the direction of the neuroradiology faculty. The goal of this elective is to develop a proficiency in interpreting CT and MR images of the brain and spinal cord; to learn the indications and contraindications for ordering angiography of the head, neck, and spine as well as myelography; and to understand the limitations of each neuroimaging study.

Neuropathology Elective

Residents work with faculty in the division of neuropathology to learn the pathologic basis for neurologic disease. Classic neuropathologic categories of disease are stressed, including vascular diseases, neoplasms, demyelinating disorders, infectious diseases, head trauma, toxic and metabolic disorders, and degenerative disorders.

Pain Management Elective

The Pain Management elective is conducted in the Pain and Headache Treatment Center. In this department, faculty members and Psychology assess and treat adult patients with chronic pain problems. The goal of the Pain Management Elective is to understand diagnostic and treatment strategies for managing common chronic pain conditions; to identify indications for interventional and surgical therapies for chronic pain conditions; and to develop familiarity with common fluoroscopy-based procedures including epidural interventions.

Headache Elective

The Pain Management elective is conducted in the Pain and Headache Treatment Center. The goal of this elective is to understand the diagnostic and treatment strategies for managing chronic headache conditions.

Private Neurology Practice Elective

The residency program in Neurology at North Shore-LIJ Health System emphasizes academic and research neurology; experience in private practice Neurology is limited. This rotation will provide neurology residents with the opportunity to explore private practice Neurology in a outpatient setting. Residents will spend 2-4 weeks rotating in a private neurology practice. During this rotation residents will learn about insurance and billing issues integral to running a private practice.

Application Process

Applicants interested in the neurology training program at North Shore-LIJ Health System should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS), which allow applications starting Sept. 15.

No applications are reviewed after March 1.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Please ensure that you have registered with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Information about the NRMP may be found on their website. For information about the National Residency Match Program, applicants should contact the Help Desk specialists at 1-866-617-5838. 

All correspondence concerning the residency program should be addressed to:

Jiselle MacDonald
Program Coordinator
Department of Neurology
North Shore-LIJ Health System
300 Community Drive, Tower Pavilion – 9th Floor
Manhasset, NY 11030
Email: jmacdonald@nshs.edu
Phone: (516) 562-2303
Fax: (516) 365-8128

Interviews
Interviews for invited applicants take place on Fridays, from November through January. The interview program will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude no later than 4 p.m. The interview program includes Grand Rounds, Professor Rounds, tours of the facilities, lunch with the Neurology residents, and individual interviews with members of the faculty.

Second Visits 
We are happy to help coordinate a second visit for applicants who wish to spend more time visiting our program.  During a second visit, we will arrange for you to round with one of the inpatient teams and to attend morning report, and attending rounds.  We can also arrange for you to meet with additional faculty and residents on request. Applicants who wish a second visit should contact Sueanna Torres following their interview.  Please note that second visits are neither required nor necessarily encouraged. 

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants to the Neurology Residency Program must be graduates of an approved U.S. or Canadian Medical School, or foreign medical graduates who have been certified through the ECFMG at the time of application. Only H1B & J-1 Visas are accepted.

Our Faculty

Program director

Noah L. Rosen, MD

Additional faculty

Surya M. Vishnubhakat, MD

  • Chief of Division - Neuromuscular Disease of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Vice Chairman of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Richard Benjamin Libman, MD

  • Chief of Division - Cerebrovascular Disease of Neurology - Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Vice Chairman - Vice Chairman of Neurology of Neurology - Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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House staff

Chief residents

Julie Ann Cardiullo, MD
Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical: New York Medical College
Hobbies: Reading, Traveling, Spending time with family and friends

Luca Gilberto, MD
Undergraduate: University of Milano, Italy
Medical: University of Milano, Italy
Interests: Degenerative Diseases, Alzheimer's disease
Hobbies: Jazz, Running, Ballet, Photography, Fine dining

Michael Nissenbaum, MD
Undergraduate: Binghamton University
Medical: Technion American Medical School
Interests: Epilepsy
Hobbies: Guitar, Piano

PGY-4

Zarmeneh Aly, MBBS
Undergraduate: Lahore Grammar School
Medical: Aga Khan University
Interests: Neurology, Epilepsy
Hobbies:  Literature, Painting, Baking, Traveling

Shany David, MD
Undergraduate: Rutgers University
Medical: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Interests: Epilepsy, Vascular Neurology
Hobbies: Cinema, Science fiction, Swimming, Skiing

Ian C. Lee, MD
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical: Brown University
Hobbies: Piano, Computers, Skiing, Tennis

Belma Sadikovic, MD
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical: University of California, Davis
Interests: Vascular Neurology, Headache. Neurocritical Care, Autoimmune Neurology
Hobbies: Traveling, Reading, Comedy movies

PGY-3

Reuben D. Burshstein, DO
Undergraduate:University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Medical: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY
Interests: Clinical Neurophysiology, Pain Management
Hobbies: Traveling, Sports, Politics, Michigan Wolverines

Hema Gajula, MD
Medical: Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India
Interests: Pain Management
Hobbies: Reading, Movies, Cooking, Traveling

Anirudh Kapoor, MBBS
Undergraduate: Little Flower Junior College, Hyderabad, India
Medical: Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
Interests: Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care
Hobbies: Swimming, Water sports, Playing guitar, Music

Thomas Kodankandath, MD
Undergraduate: Rutgers University, New Jersey
Medical: Ross University School of Medicine
Interests: Vascular Neurology
Hobbies: Reading, Movies, Running, Spending time with family

Sami H. Moshi, MBChB
Medical: University of Mosul, Iraq
Interests: Deep Brain Stimulation
Hobbies: Photography, Chess, Tennis

Sammy D. Pishanidar, MD
Undergraduate: SUNY, Binghampton
Medical: St. George's Universitym, Grenada
Interests:General Neurology, Vascular Neurology
Hobbies: Traveling, Music, Sports, Spending time with family and friends

Nadia SotudehMD
Undergraduate: SUNY, Binghampton
Medical: American University of Antigua
Interests:Epilepsy
Hobbies: Traveling, Spending time with family and friends, Baking, Skiing

PGY-2

Derek Cheng, DO
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Medical: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Behavioral Neurology, Vascular Neurology
Hobbies:  Photography, Film making, Cello, Running Traveling

Amy Theresa Hua, DO
Undergraduate: SUNY, Stony Brook
Medical:New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests:Pain Medicine, Neurological Rehabilitation, Neuromuscular
Hobbies: Rock climbing, Dancing Chinese Zither, Cooking, Traveling

Tanya Kapoor, DO
Undergraduate: SUNY, Stony Brook
Medical: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests:Memory Disorders, Behavioral Neurology, Vacular Neurology
Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, Traveling, Spending time with family and close friends, Working out, Music

Sidrah Mahmud, MD
Undergraduate: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
Medical: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Sleep Research, Cognitive Neurology, Pain Management
Hobbies:Travel, International cuisines, Physical fitness, Photography

Margarita Mikhalova, MD
Undergraduate: Macauley Honors College AT CUNY Hunter College
Medical: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
nterests: Headache, Chronic Pain, Movement Disorders
Hobbies:Traveling, Reading Non-fiction and popular science genres,Compling scrapbooks, Photography

Evan R. Schloss,MD
Undergraduate: Union College
Medical: New York Medical College
Interests: Neuro-opthalmology
Hobbies:Cooking, Watching Movies, Skiiing, Playing with my dog

Steven Tversky, DO
Undergraduate: CUNY, Hunter College
Medical:New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies:Golf, Travel Kayaking