Maggie McNulty, MD

Assistant Professor  
Department of Neurological Science, Rush Medical College
Role: Clinician and Faculty
Joined Rush in 2013


I am an epileptologist in the Department of Neurological Sciences, and I serve as program director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship. I have been at Rush since I first started medical school in 2004, and I have continued my training at Rush first in residency, then in fellowship and now as a faculty member.

What inspired you to get into your field?

After my first year of medical school, I was able to work on a summer research project with the Movement Disorders section of the Neurology Department. This was my first introduction to what neurologists do and to the underlying diseases that they treat, and it drove my interest in the field of neurology and influenced my decision to pursue neurology as a career. Ultimately, I chose a career in epileptology because of my interest in the art of reading EEGs, and because of the patient population.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

My colleagues and trainees make my work at Rush both fun and worthwhile.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

A good mentor can have a major impact on a prospective student’s life, and can ultimately guide him or her in choosing a career path. I am not certain that I would have chosen the career that I have if not for the influence of the great mentors within my field.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

It’s a long road, but the payoff is worth it completely. Things get better after training, and it is incredibly rewarding to see the impact you can have on many patients’ lives.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my three young children, traveling, cooking and baking.