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Director’s Welcome

On behalf of our faculty, trainees and staff, it is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Neurology Residency program at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

This is an exciting time to enter the field of neurology. Our understanding of neurological illnesses is growing rapidly through discoveries in the basic and clinical neurosciences. Neurologists are at the leading edge of breakthrough technologies and therapeutic advances that are poised to improve outcomes in even the most devastating neurological diseases.

It is also an exciting time to train at Dell Medical School. Our growing faculty, currently with over 50 members, offers a multitude of training and research opportunities. Our residency program recently expanded to six residents per year, enabling balanced inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences and learning. The expansion of the residency program mirrors the rapid growth of Dell Medical School and its state-of-the-art teaching hospital as the major hub for complex neurologic care in Central Texas. The school is an integral part of The University of Texas at Austin, a tier-one research university with outstanding research communities in natural sciences and engineering that have formed strong alliances in training and research with the Department of Neurology.

Our residency program combines traditional clinical case analysis with the experiences in new models of person-centered, multidisciplinary care. We strive to foster an open learning environment that encourages discussion and debate, with the personalized care of patients at the center of our efforts. All of our residents participate in quality improvement and patient safety projects. Residents who wish to pursue these areas further may join the Distinction Program for Care Transformation.

We aspire to graduate master clinicians who can translate advances in basic neurobiology to insights in patient care and who think of their hospital, clinic and community as laboratories for advancing health and health care delivery. We also feel it is important for residents to gain mastery in the art of teaching — not only to educate and mentor medical students and your co-residents, but also to strengthen the therapeutic alliance with your patients.

Last year, the Department of Neurology launched a fellowship in neurophysiology, in addition to our existing neuroimmunology fellowship. This year, the Department of Neurology will launch a vascular neurology fellowship. These will enhance our trainees’ learning and provide opportunities for further subspecialty training locally in Austin, a city with one of the fastest growing populations in the nation and an increasing need for neurological expertise.

Please feel free to contact us for further information or questions regarding our program.


Kent Ellington, M.D.
Program Director

David Paydarfar, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology