Welcome from the Department Head

Portrait of George Richerson

George B. Richerson, MD, PhD
Professor and Department Head

I would like to invite you to learn more about the University of Iowa Department of Neurology, and what our residency program has to offer. Our program is a uniquely attractive place to receive neurology training.

Our Department offers many opportunities for training in neurology and the neurosciences. We have a full-time faculty of 38 individuals, plus an additional 14 faculty with joint appointments from departments such as Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, and Psychiatry to name a few. In the last two years we have recruited 11 new full-time faculty members, including 2 scientists, 2 physician-scientists, and 7 clinicians. Our clinicians, scholars, and educators are fully committed to providing superb, unrivaled clinical training. The residents in our program benefit greatly from these teachers and mentors who provide their training on the wards, in clinic, in lectures, and in laboratories.

For the past decade, the Department has flourished on all fronts. We are recognized nationally for both clinical excellence and research accomplishments. The clinical neurosciences is perennially ranked in the top 25 among the 5000 hospitals nationally by the U.S. News and World Report. Fifteen faculty members are honored as Best Doctors® by their peers at the national level. Iowa was recently ranked #19 among all neurology residencies in the country in the production of graduates who are full-time faculty members at academic institutions.

The department operates five inpatient services. Each is staffed by a separate team of faculty and residents. State-of-the-art inpatient monitoring units for stroke, epilepsy, and sleep disorders developed in the department. The Neurology Outpatient Clinic operates daily with approximately 14,000 outpatients seen each year. Additional outpatient clinics are held at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, located across the street from UI Hospitals and Clinics. All faculty serving at the Veteran’s Hospital have responsibilities at UI Hospitals and Clinics as well, assuring consistency of services at the two institutions.

On the research front, Department of Neurology faculty serve as principal investigators on 14 federal research grants. The dollar amount of funding by external grants and contracts (e.g. from the NIH) has doubled from academic year 2010-2011 to 2011-2012, and is expected to increase substantially again this year. The basic neurosciences and their relationship to clinical neurology are highly valued in the department. The Program Director for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Daniel Tranel, PhD, and many of our faculty, are members of this program and are mentors to its graduate students. We recently initiated the Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program (CNS-TP) for former MSTP students and MD students with a strong track record in science, as a way to transition smoothly into independent careers as physician-scientists. This program provides up to 12 months of dedicated research time during the four-year neurology residency, guaranteed funding for any neuroscience research fellowship at UI after completion of the residency, and supplementary financial support. Every resident can find a rich variety of research opportunities available to them during and/or after their residency training.

Iowa Neurology has a proud tradition and its trainees are coveted both as skilled academic leaders and as impeccably trained clinical practitioners. We invite you to become a part of the tradition.