Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Fellowship

Mass General Brigham Women's Neurology Fellowship

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Nagagopal Venna
Program Director:
Dr. Mary O’Neal

The Massachusetts General Brigham Women’s Neurology Fellowship training program is organized to provide formal instruction, peer interaction, and supervised clinical experience necessary for fellows to master the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to the practice of women’s neurologic health. The Women’s Neurology Fellowship will focus on issues specific to women with neurological disease. The fellowship will emphasize sex differences in neurological disorders during all stages of women’s lives. Fellows will become experts in managing and treating neurologic disorders as they relate to menstruation, pregnancy, menopause and aging. They will understand how sex differences influence the pathology and expression of neurologic disorders and develop an understanding of how psychosocial sex differences influence neurologic disease. Program graduates will feel confident in managing the common disorders in neurology where there are prominent sex issues.

This will be accomplished by core longitudinal ambulatory clinics in headache, epilepsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, general neurology and obstetrical neurology. These core clinics will provide the foundational knowledge for the trainee to become an expert in Women’s Neurology. They will be precepted by an expert in each area who will provide feedback and relay the most up to date research in each area. The fellow will follow patients with a variety of disorders longitudinally to become a proficient and independent clinician in this area. In addition, there are 2 months of electives which include: Women’s Mental Health, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Functional Neurologic Disorders, Prenatal Genetic Counseling, Neuroendocrinology, Mitochondrial Disorders, Obstetrical anesthesia, Midlife Women’s Health, Contraception for Women with Neurological Disorders, Connective Tissue and Autoimmune Disorders in Women. There is also a research portion of the fellowship which will vary depending on the candidate’s area of interest. This could include a novel project, participating in ongoing research, writing a chapter or a review article. The purpose of the fellowship is to aid the graduates to pursue an academic medical career as well as prepare them for a clinical leadership position within a developing and exciting field of Women’s Neurology. However, a graduate will also be well positioned for non-academic practice with a specialty focus of Women’s Neurology.

Eligibility/Application Process

Prerequisites for the fellowship training include successful completion of an ACGME accredited residency in neurology and be Board eligible or Board certified in neurology.

Applications can be made by sending a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to both the Director of the Women’s Neurology Fellowship, Mary O’Neal, M.D. at and the Associate Director of the Women’s Neurology Fellowship, Maria Houtchens, M.D. at or in writing to:

Department of Neurology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
60 Fenwood Road
Boston, MA 02115