Vascular Fellowship


David Tirschwell, M.D.


The Vascular Neurology (Stroke) Residency (Fellowship) is ACGME approved. There are two positions each year, for one year of clinical training based at Harborview Medical Center, a Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center caring for approximately 800 ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke patients each year. In addition to the intensive vascular neurology training offered, there are rotations in neuroradiology, neurosonology and neuro-critical-care. Call is taken with the acute stroke interventional team and there are opportunities to participate in clinical research projects. At the end of one year of training, the trainee will be eligible to sit for the Vascular Neurology subspecialty board certification examination. Those trainees interested in research or an academic career will be encouraged to apply for external (AAN, ASA, NIH) research fellowship funding or for the research training year available as part of the NIH StrokeNet Regional Coordinating Center located at the UW Medicine/Harborview Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Stroke Clinic

Fellows have the opportunity to care for outpatient vascular neurology patients in two half-day clinics each week. The clinic is
staffed by vascular neurology attendings and provides an opportunity for continuity of care and for managing chronic neurovascular conditions such as moya-moya syndrome and CADASIL.


There is a noon time stroke webinar every Thursday, and stroke conference with didactic session each Friday. In addition, there is a
noon stroke lecture each month. Fellows are expected to participate in these conferences, as well as to teach various medical student and resident didactics throughout the year. Fellows are also encouraged to attend the International Stroke Conference as well as other national conferences, especially if presenting research.


Application Process

Our program is now using ERAS for Fellowship Positions and participating in the NRMP Match. Please upload your C.V., 3 letters of recommendation including a letter from your current program director, a personal statement, and your USMLE Scores into the ERAS program. Applications will be reviewed starting December 1st and interviews will be conducted starting in January. ERAS will close on May 31st.

Prior to appointment in the program, fellows must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited program in neurology, child neurology, neurodevelopment disabilities, or a program in one of these specialties that is located in Canada and accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The University of Washington is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates. The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.


The UW Neurology Vascular Fellowship Program accepts foreign national physicians who meet UW Eligibility and Selection requirements into its accredited Fellowship program. Foreign nationals requiring visa sponsorship must obtain a J-1 visa sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). The UW does not generally provide H-1B sponsorship for residents or fellows in its clinical training programs unless the resident/fellow is otherwise ineligible for a J-1 visa. Requests for H-1B visa sponsorship are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are subject to approval by the UW GME Office and the UW Provost's Office. Please refer to UW Medicine Graduate Medical Education Policies and Procedures for more detail.