Clinical Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship

Pittsburgh Institute for Multiple Sclerosis Care and Research and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) offer clinical fellowship opportunities in multiple sclerosis (MS) and clinical neuroimmunology. The goal of the fellowship is to develop the next generation of neurologists who will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver the highest quality of comprehensive care for people with multiple sclerosis and related disorders, grow as clinical leaders in their local community, and maintain commitment to improve patient lives. 

The UPMC Multiple Sclerosis Center is an active member of the Consortium of MS Centers and provides comprehensive care for a diverse population with a wide range of clinical neuroimmunology conditions. The MS Center currently has six MS clinicians (MD, PA-C, NP), one clinician-scientist and a psychiatrist, as well as a dedicated team of nurses, research and support staff. Located on the UPMC Oakland campus, the MS Center includes an outpatient clinic and an adjacent 10-chair infusion unit. Patients have the opportunity to participate in multiple clinical trials and a clinic-wide prospective cohort project that aims to bring precision medicine to MS.

Fellows will join the Multiple Sclerosis Center for a minimum of one year to gain clinical expertise in MS and related disorders. The faculty will work with each fellow to develop an individualized training program that includes MS / clinical neuroimmunology patient care, exposure to multidisciplinary care, didactic activities, and teaching and research opportunities. 

Clinical: The primary clinical environment for the fellowship is the outpatient clinic at the Multiple Sclerosis Center.  To complement the primary clinical experience, the fellows may conduct infrequent consultations for complex neuroimmunology patients in the inpatient setting, though there is no evening or weekend calls.  Additional clinical exposures include neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-otology, neurorehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neuropsychiatry, neuro-urology, neuro-gastroenterology, neuro-rheumatology, pediatric neuroimmunology, and women’s neurology. 

Research: Fellows are expected to participate in research under faculty supervision in one of the three research tracks: clinical research (clinical trials, epidemiology, observational studies, case series), translational research track (biomarkers, genetic studies or pilot studies for novel diagnostic or treatment interventions), data research (neuroimaging studies, application of biostatistics, machine learning, and other computational approaches to clinical and translational research data). 

Education: Scheduled didactics include the biweekly neuroimmunology / neuroradiology case conference, monthly formal journal club, weekly virtual journal club, and all other educational activities within the MS Center.  Each fellow will present at one national or international conference related to MS/neuroimmunology (e.g., ACTRIMS Forum, ECTRIMS, or CMSC). Each fellow has the opportunity to teach residents and medical students.

Fellowship Program Director/Co-Directors:  Zongqi Xia, MD, PhD / Rock Heyman, MD / Cigdem Isitan, MD

Deadline: January 1 (of PGY3 for start date on July 1 of PGY5)

Eligibility: Applicants will have successfully completed a qualified Neurology residency program in the United States (or Canada) and will have applied unrestricted medical license in Pennsylvania prior to the start of fellowship. 

Application: Please submit the following in a single PDF to

  1. Cover letter stating career goals, plan and motivation
  2. Curriculum vitae 
  3. Three letters of recommendation from academic and / or clinical mentors.