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Vascular Neurology Fellowship

Get to know more about us and explore our exceptional Vascular Neurology Fellowship program.

Our one-year fellowship in Vascular Neurology prepares neurologists to care for emergency/critically ill patients with stroke as well as inpatients and outpatients who require stroke treatment, prevention, and diagnostic evaluation. This fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

After completion of this training program, fellows will be prepared to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Exam in Vascular Neurology.

Training information

This 12-month fellowship is distinct from and designed to follow three years of training in an accredited neurology residency program. We expect our fellow to progressively gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, evaluate and treat a wide range of diseases and conditions that result in vascular injury to the nervous system. These conditions include:

  • All types of ischemic stroke
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Aneurysm subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)
  • Complications of vascular disease, including raised intracranial pressure, sepsis, respiratory failure, and venous thrombosis
  • Cerebral venous thrombosis
  • Intravascular coagulation, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpurea
  • Antibody syndromes
  • Cerebrovascular disorders
  • Hypertensive encephalopathy
  • Vascular malformations and fistulas

The goals and objectives of the program meet the six ACGME competencies:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice


The vascular neurology fellowship consists of the following rotations:

  • Inpatient vascular neurology
  • Neurointensive care unit rotations
  • Radiology
  • Research
  • Post-stroke care rotation labeled “Rehabilitation”

Here's the rotation schedule for this academic year.

Month July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Rotation Name Radiology Vascular Vascular Research Vascular NICU Research Vascular Rehab Rehab Vascular Radiology


Here's a schedule of required weekly didactic sessions.

Day Time Conference Location Faculty
Wednesday 3:00- 4:00 pm Vascular Neurology Didactic Lecture* 1020 Wescoe Vascular Faculty
Thursday 8:00-9:00 am Evidence-Based Medicine* 112C Support Services Gronseth
12:00 –1:00 pm Weekly stroke conference (review of vascular neurology cases)* 1020 Wescoe Vascular Faculty
Friday 7:00- 8:00 am Case Presentation Conference in Neurology and Neurosurgery* Clendening Auditorium Residents and Faculty
8:00- 9:00 am Neurology Grand Rounds* Clendening Auditorium Faculty
*Mandatory attendance

The Vascular Neurology Didactic Lecture occurs every Wednesday and includes clinical and basic science teaching. Each week will be completed with the vascular faculty on Wards and the fellow will have protected time with no clinical responsibility during this lecture.

Other educational activities

Neurovascular Conference
Interesting cases are reviewed in a multidisciplinary Neurovasculr Conference bimonthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 a.m. and on the third Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m.

Journal Club
Journal club is scheduled monthly to review and discuss vascular studies or recent guidelines. Attendance is mandatory.

Monthly vascular PIPs
The fellow prepare and run the monthly vascular PIPs, and once a year, present a vascular neurology didactic topic of their choosing at Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds.

Assigned reading materials
Our fellows also will be assigned reading materials for three formal didactic series by didactic presenters. These didactic series occur every week or monthly (based on unanticipated conflicts, the schedule may vary somewhat from the schedule presented). The sessions are one-on-one and emphasize clinical vascular neurology, evidence-based (EBM) vascular neurology and basic science vascular neurology. Reading assignments to be completed for each session will be assigned by the faculty. Any textbooks provided are on loan only and are to be returned at the end of the lecture series. Conference attendance should be tracked in MedHub.

Fellowship faculty
Michael Abraham, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

Tiffany Barkley, D.O., Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Kathrin Husmann, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Section Chief, Neurocritical Care

Colleen Lechtenberg, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Section Chief, Vascular Neurology

Laith Maali, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Associate Program Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship

Abid Qureshi, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Lee Rosterman, D.O., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Program Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship

Sabreena Slavin, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Husitha Vanguru, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Yunxia Wang, M.D., Professor, Department of Neurology
Division Chief, Inpatient Neurology
Vice Chair, Education
Clerkship Director, Neurology

Interested in learning more?

For additional details about our training program, review the Vascular Neurology Fellowship Handbook and contact Stacey Qandil at or (913) 945-6429.

Fellowship leadership team

Gary Gronseth, M.D., FAAN
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology

Lee Rosterman, D.O.
Assistant Professor
Program Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program

Laith Maali, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program

Stacey Qandil
Fellowship Coordinator
(913) 945-6429

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Mailstop 2012
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6970
Fax: 913-588-6965