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Neurology Residency

Neuro Residency

Among the Best in the U.S. for Neurology and Neurosurgery

U.S. News & World Report ranked RUSH University Medical Center No. 4 in the country and best in Illinois for neurology and neurosurgery.

Welcome to the RUSH University Medical Center Neurology Residency. We're excited to be your mentors, guides, and advocates as you navigate the start of your career as a neurologist.  Our mission is to graduate clinically excellent neurologists, dedicated to leadership of their communities through lifelong education and outstanding patient care.  We strive to balance this with opportunities for academic pursuits as well as a culture of well-being.

Residents build skills in clinical inpatient and outpatient neurology while being supervised by more than 55 full-time faculty clinical neurologists (and a total of more than 70 faculty) at RUSH University Medical Center and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.   The Department of Neurological Sciences at RUSH consists of 12 sections and centers devoted to the clinical care and investigation of neurologic disorders: general neurology, cerebrovascular disease, neurological critical care, epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuro-infectious disease, neuromuscular disease, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-oncology, pediatric neurology, and the RUSH Alzheimer's Disease Center.

Residency highlights include the following:

  • Inpatient neurology rotations (including general neurology, stroke, neurocritical care, and subspecialty neurology) in the state-of-the-art inpatient Tower at RUSH
  • Inpatient neurology rotations at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
  • Pediatric neurology and Psychiatry rotations at RUSH
  • A well-organized and well-run continuity clinic at RUSH in various subspecialty clinics including Epilepsy, General Neurology, Headache, Movement Disorders, Neuroimmunology, and Stroke
  • Participation in daily noontime case conferences and lectures
  • Exposure to a variety of subspecialities in neurology during all 4 years of training

The residency will also help you build a sound foundation in research methodology through participation in research projects.

We are committed to helping you develop any and all career paths while having fun during training, whether you're looking for a subspecialty fellowship, developing research interests, planning a career as a teacher and educator, or becoming a well-rounded general neurologist.


Thomas Shoemaker, MD
Neurology Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences
Section of Multiple Sclerosis


Ryan Jacobson, MD

Neurology Residency Associate Program Director

Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences

Section of Neuromuscular Disease

Faculty for Neurology Residency Program