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:

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.


  • Monday stroke webinar (topics from the prior year include International Stroke Conference, NIH Stroke Net Grand Rounds, World Stroke Organization, and more).
  • Monday monthly Vascular Neurology/Neuro-Critical Care Research Works in Progress meeting
  • Wednesday noon Neurology Lecture Series (including a monthly stroke lecture and visiting stroke faculty annual lecture)
  • 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

  • December 1, 2021 – application review period beings
  • February 18, 2022 – interview period begins
  • April 8, 2022 – interview period ends
  • April 27, 2022 – rank list deadline at 9:00pm ET
  • May 11, 2022 – Match Day!
  • July 1, 2023 – 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


Nandini Abburi, MD
Dr. Abburi isoriginally from Farmington Hills, MI, went to University of Michigan for undergrad, and University of Toledo for medical school. She spent the majority of her life in the Midwest, having then done her residency in neurology at Rush University in Chicago. She enjoys baking bread, drawing and painting (currently dabbling in watercolors but eventually wants to move to digital art), and reading/listening to audiobooks – her favorite genres are murder mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, and historical fiction. If the mood arises, she also enjoys dancing; she initially trained as a classical bharatnatyam dancer, but mostly sticks to Bollywood and bhangra these days. In Seattle, she is most looking forward to exploring nature – coming from the Midwest this is a foreign concept – and also exploring the Seattle food scene.

Ryan Kiser, M.D.
Ryan primarily grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to medical school he obtained a Master of Science degree in Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology at the University of Louisville researching audiovisual sensory processing in Autism Spectrum Condition. During graduate school he developed an interest in medical education while serving as the graduate teaching assistant for the University of Louisville School of Medicine gross anatomy course. Later attending and graduating from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, he completed his internship and neurology residency at the University of South Alabama where he served as a Chief Resident in his final year. His clinical interests include medical education and health equity. Outside of medicine he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, waking up early on the weekends to watch English Premier League football.

Rachael Schutz, M.D.
Dr. Schutz is originally from San Carlos, California. She studied biology, chemistry, and studio art, earning her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where she continued for medical school. She completed her neurology residency training at the University of Washington, where she also served as a chief resident. In addition to vascular neurology, Dr. Schutz has clinical and research interests in medical education and neuropalliative care in severe acute brain injury. Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking, trying new local coffees, eating, and spending time with friends and family.

Fellowship Graduates and Post-Graduate Employment


William Lou, M.D. – Swedish Medical Center (Seattle)

Markus Hannan, M.D. – UCHealth at Memorial Hospitals

Amita Singh, M.D. – University of Florida Health


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

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?