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Multiple Sclerosis Fellowships

At NYU Langone’s Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center, our focus is on compassionate patient care, clinical and translation research, and physician education. Our center offers two fellowship tracks: multiple sclerosis (MS) clinical care and MS research.

Interviews are conducted in the fall and winter, one and a half years before the start of the fellowship, and decisions are made in the winter or early spring of the same year. Candidates who wish to apply at a later date should first contact Ilya Kister, MD, fellowship director, at ilya.kister@nyulangone.org about availability.

Adult and Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Fellowship

Our one-year fellowship provides intensive training in the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of adults and children with MS and related disorders. Clinical emphasis on adult care versus pediatric care depends on the background of the candidate.

Fellows participate in clinical trials and research conducted at the Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center and are expected to complete a research project during their training. Weekly MS conferences, held on Friday mornings at the center, are a key element of our training program.

Our goal is to educate physicians in diagnosing and managing the complex manifestations of MS and other demyelinating conditions. During training, fellows become familiar with all of the approved disease-modifying treatments for MS, as well as with commonly used off-label therapies. Fellows also receive comprehensive training in diagnosing and managing neuromyelitis optica patients in our Neuromyelitis Optica Treatment and Research Program.

Rotations and Assignments

As a fellow, you evaluate adult and pediatric patients under the direct supervision of attending physicians who specialize in neuro-immunology at the Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center. You also see patients once a week in the neuro-ophthalmology clinic, supervised by department directors Steven L. Galetta, MD; Laura J. Balcer, MD, MSCE; and other senior neuro-ophthalmologists. You prepare inpatient consults on MS and neuro-immunology patients at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, along with Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center attending physicians. Fellows also rotate at NYU Langone Huntington Medical Group in Long Island once every one to two weeks.

Approximately 65 percent of your fellowship time is devoted to clinical care, and 35 percent is devoted to clinical research and educational activities. Fellows are expected to prepare at least one clinical project for presentation at a national conference and in a publication.

Multiple Sclerosis Research Fellowship

The research track of our MS fellowship is designed primarily for applicants who have prior training in neurology and bench research experience who wish to obtain further training in translational research in MS.

During your fellowship, you conduct research at one of the laboratories at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at NYU Langone. You are expected to join an existing research endeavor or begin a new research project in an MS-relevant field. For any new research, you are responsible for submitting a proposal for Institutional Review Board approval, performing laboratory experiments where applicable, and reviewing and analyzing data collected either retrospectively or prospectively.

By the end of your fellowship, you must present your results at a scientific meeting in the form of a poster, a platform presentation, or via publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Fellows also have supervised clinical time at the Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center.

Application Requirements

Eligible candidates must have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education–accredited neurology residency training and hold a valid New York State license or limited permit to practice medicine in the state of New York.

Interested applicants should email their CV and a brief statement of interest to Dr. Kister, fellowship director, at ilya.kister@nyulangone.org, and Luisa Gutierrez, program coordinator, at luisa.gutierrez@nyulangone.org.

We also require three letters of recommendation to be emailed or mailed to us at the following address:

Ilya Kister, MD
NYU Langone Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center
240 East 38th Street
18th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Contact Us

For any questions regarding the fellowship, please email Dr. Kister at ilya.kister@nyulangone.org.