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The Johns Hopkins Fellowship in Neurocritical Care

The Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program at Johns Hopkins pioneered the training of fellows in the 1980s and continues to be the leading program in this sub-specialty training. The program has trained more than 50 physicians coming from the fields of neurology, anesthesiology-critical care medicine, neurosurgery, and internal medicine, the most in the subspecialty of neurocritical care.

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Fellowship at a Glance

The particular strength of the program is its collaboration between faculty from departments of neurosurgery, neurology and anesthesiology and critical care medicine. A major program goal is to train Neurocritical Care Clinician Scientists.

  • The two-year fellowship training in neuroscience critical care medicine is offered to board eligible neurologists, neurosurgeons, and anesthesiologists.
  • Fellows spend their first year developing patient care skills, teaching ICU medical students and supervising house staff and nurses in the bedside care of patients.
  • The second year adds responsibilities of:
    • Team management as a leader of the NCCU team (with the attending physician’s support)
    • Formal teaching of the concepts of neurophysiology and treatment for various neuropathologic processes and general critical care issues to residents and fellows.
    • Developing research activities in the critical care environment.
  • Research is mandatory. Fellows undertake 12 months of research in clinical arena, translational or laboratory-based research. Each fellow has the combined resources of major contributing departments at their disposal. Once an area of interest is identified, a formal mentorship is established.
  • The fellowship is based primarily at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, with all fellows rotating at the Bayview NCCU, which includes intensive work on clinical neurophysiology with Dr. Peter Kaplan) the Stroke Center, Intracerebral Hemorrhage Center and Encephalitis Center.

The Foundation for a Strong Career

Upon successful completion, fellows are certified in advanced cardiac life support and advanced trauma life support. They are board-eligible for the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties Neurocritical Care examination, and have accumulated a research and publication foundation for their academic career.

The graduates of the fellowship program have assumed leadership roles in leading institutions as directors of neurocritical care programs, chairs of departments, established research investigators, institute directors and key positions in professional societies related to neurocritical care.


Inquiries about the fellowship may be directed to:

Wendy C. Ziai, M.D., M.P.H.
600 N. Wolfe St., Phipps 455
Baltimore, MD 21287

Hans Adrian Puttgen, M.D.
600 N. Wolfe Street, Meyer 8-140
Baltimore, MD 21287
410-955-7481 phone
410-614-7903 fax

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Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259

Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337


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