Welcome to the Rush University Medical Center fellowship program in Vascular Neurology. We are an ACGME-accredited program that has trained numerous fellows to continue on in careers caring for stroke patients.
Rush University Medical Center is a 674-bed medical center that serves as the main teaching hospital for Rush Medical College. The Rush Stroke Program is JCAHO-certified as a comprehensive stroke center which cares for over 1,100 inpatients and over 1,000 outpatients annually. The neurology floor at Rush is a modern 32-bed inpatient unit, which includes the inpatient stroke unit and also includes 6 full-time EEG-monitored beds. The neurointensive care unit at Rush is a 28-bed state-of-the-art unit with its own dedicated CT scanner. The stroke program also runs a neurosonology laboratory, which includes transcranial Doppler and carotid ultrasound capabilities.
Our one year program is heavily clinically based. Our fellows are encouraged to develop research projects in collaboration with members of the department. We have robust collaborations with other sections and departments, with opportunities to develop and research additional questions. There are multiple ongoing clinical trials in which participation by fellows will be expected.
The faculty includes five stroke neurologists, seven neuro-intensivists, and two interventionalists (one endovascular neurologist and one neurosurgeon). There is also a close working relationship with cerebrovascular neurosurgery and endovascular neurosurgery. There is ample clinical inpatient exposure to acute stroke interventions including IV-tPA, intra-arterial therapies, and telestroke consultations, as well as exposure to outpatient stroke management with a continuity clinic.
Shawna Cutting, MD, MS
Fellowship Director, Vascular Neurology