Department of Neurology

Vascular Neurology Fellowship

Arielle Davis, MD
Dr. Davis is the Director of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology.

The Vascular Neurology Fellowship is one-year ACGME approved program. There are three positions each year. Clinical training is based at Harborview Medical Center, a  dynamic county hospital that is also a Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and level 1 Trauma 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 neurocritical care. Call is taken with the acute stroke interventional team and includes video telestroke. There are numerous opportunities to participate in research and fellows are encouraged with faculty support to submit abstracts to the International Stroke Conference. 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.

Interviews for our July 1, 2022 fellowship will be held:
February 26, 2021
March 5, 2021
March 12, 2021

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. In addition, fellows have the unique opportunity to spend some time in clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital under the mentorship of our pediatric vascular neurology expert, Dr. Amlie-Lefond.


  • Wednesday noon Neurology Lecture Series (including a monthly stroke lecture and visiting stroke faculty annual lecture)
  • Thursday noon stroke webinar (topics from the prior year International Stroke Conference or NIH Stroke Net Grand Rounds)
  • Thursday afternoon Neurology Grand Rounds
  • Friday afternoon stroke didactics followed by a multi-disciplinary stroke clinical conference (discussion of interventions and challenging or interesting cases of the week)

In addition, fellows are encouraged to attend the International Stroke Conference as well as other national conferences, especially if presenting research.

Teaching opportunities for fellows abound – fellows participate in the Neurology Lecture Series and lead various medical student and resident didactics throughout the year.

How to Apply

Our program participates in the NRMP Match using ERAS for Fellowship Positions. 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 1 and interviews will be conducted starting in February. ERAS will close on April 28.

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.

NRMP Match Timeline

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – application review period beings
  • Friday, February 26 , 2021 – interview period begins
  • Friday, March 26, 2021 – interview period ends
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2020 – rank list deadline at 9:00pm ET
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2020 – Match Day!
  • July 1, 2022 – fellowship begins

Core Fellowship Team


Catherine Amlie-Lefond, M.D.
Dr. Amlie-Lefond is the Director of the Pediatric Vascular Neurology program at Seattle Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Neurology.
Special Clinical and/or Research Interests:
Pediatric stroke, acute treatment of stroke, cerebrovasculopathy and cerebral vascular malformations

Claire Creutzfeldt, M.D.
Dr. Creutzfeldt is a neurologist at Harborview Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Neurology.
Special Clinical and/or Research Interests:
Neuro-palliative care, especially for patients with severe acute brain injury.

Rizwan Kalani, M.D.
Dr. Kalani is an Assistant Professor of Neurology.
Special Clinical and/or Research Interests:
Lipids and cerebrovascular disease, stroke epidemiology and population-based approaches to stroke prevention in low-and middle-income countries.

Sandeep Khot, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Khot is the Director of the HMC Consult Service and an Associate Professor of Neurology.
Research Interests:
Dr. Khot conducts clinical research on the relationship between sleep apnea and stroke, notably assessing stroke recovery with the treatment of sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Other research includes cardiac arrest, carotid dissection, intracranial atherosclerosis, giant cell arteritis, and stroke.
Clinical Interests:
Care of hospitalized patients with neurologic disease.

Will Longstreth, M.D.
Dr. Longstreth is the chief of Neurology at Harborview Medical Center, Professor of Neurology, and an Adjunct Professor of General Internal Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medicine.
Clinical and/or Research Interests:
Cerebrovascular disease and epidemiology.

Malveeka Sharma, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Sharma is an Assistant Professor of Neurology.
Clinical and/or Research Interests:
Global health in neurology, medical education, and sustainable health care development.

Breana Taylor, M.D.
Dr. Taylor is an Acting Assistant Professor of Neurology.
Special Clinical and/or Research Interests:
Medical education and neuro-palliative care

David Tirschwell, M.D., M.Sc.
Dr. Tirschwell is the Medical Director of Comprehensive Stroke Care at the UW Medicine Stroke Center at HMC and a Professor of Neurology.
Research Interests:
Intracerebral hemorrhage, stroke epidemiology, quality of care, clinical trials and outcomes of stroke patients.

Natlie Weathered, MD, MS
Dr. Weathered is the Program Director of the Neurology Residency Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology.

Jonathan Weinstein, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Weinstein is an Associate Professor of Neurology and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery.
Special Clinical Interests:
CNS Vasculopathies, neurovascular leukoencephalopathies
Special Research Interests:
Basic and translational work on the neuroimmune responses in both acute stroke and in ischemic preconditioning.
Dr. Weinstein’s Research Laboratory:

Fellows also work extensively with our neuro-interventionalists, neurocritical care, neuroradiology, and neurosonology faculty, among others.

Current Fellows


Markus Hannan, MD
Dr. Hannan is originally from Germany but is essentially a Colorado local at this point. He obtained a B.A. in neuroscience at Colorado College, then performed neuroscience research at NIH before obtaining his M.D. from the University of Colorado. He remained at University of Colorado for his residency in neurology. Hobbies include hiking and anything with family and friends. Research interests include ethics, moral distress, and health equity.

William Lou, MD
Dr. Lou is originally from Los Angeles, California. He earned a degree in bioengineering from the University of California, Los Angeles before attending medical school at Weill Cornell in New York City. He completed his neurology residency training at the University of Washington, where he also served as a chief resident. In addition to vascular neurology, Dr. Lou has clinical and research interests in functional neuroimaging, neuroprognostication, and neuropalliative care. Outside of medicine, he enjoys gardening and ziplining with his wife, and he is also an avid basketball and mixed martial arts fan.

Amita Singh, MD
Dr. Singh is originally from Maryland. She went to the University of Maryland, College Park for undergraduate studies and then Dartmouth College for a Master’s in Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She attended medical school at the Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed residency at the University of Washington. Her clinical interests include medical education and quality of care. She enjoys hiking and traveling.

Fellowship Graduates and Post-Graduate Employment


Smita Holden, M.D. – Our Lady of Lourdes (Camden, NJ) and University of Pennsylvania hospitals (Philadelphia, PA)

Carson Van Sanford, M.D. – Providence Everett (Everett, WA)


Breana Taylor, M.D. – University of Washington

James Wang, M.D. – Swedish Medical Center (Seattle)


Steve O’Donnell, M.D. – Virginia Mason (Seattle)

Jenny Siv, M.D. – Providence Everett (Everett, WA)


Nick Freeburg, M.D. – Legacy Health (Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA)

Paul Johnson, M.D. – University of Colorado


Steven Peters, M.D. – University of Calgary

Tarvinder Singh, M.D. – Providence Everett (Everett, WA)


Rizwan Kalani, M.D. – University of Washington

Andrew Huffer, M.D. – University of Washington / Seattle VA Puget Sound Healthcare

Why UW Vascular Neurology?

We have a unique geographic location – as the only academic medical center in the Seattle metropolitan area and because we draw patients from a broader region, including Alaska, our patient population is rich and offers a wealth of learning.

Our faculty are smart, accessible, and remarkably approachable. Anyone at almost any time is happy to sit down and discuss a patient issue or personal concern.

Seattle is a phenomenal place to live! Not only do we have a thriving city with great food and cultural activities, but we have easy access to water and mountains as well. Where else can you see sea lions and a volcano (Mt. Rainier) on your commute to work each day?