Message from Chair

Page B. PennellThank you for your interest in our residency training program! It is an exciting time for Neurology, and especially at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  The training ground for our neurology residents is across the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system. The main campus in Oakland provides primary through quaternary care, with transfers and referrals from across the region and even nationally. We have centers of clinical excellence in nearly all the neurology subspecialties, with attendings who are leaders in their respective fields. The UPMC system also provides electives in community neurology at other clinical sites. If an even greater variety is desired in clinical neurology settings and patients, the Global Health Track is an option with clinical sites as far away as the Philippines. 

I quickly became impressed by the residents within the few short months after my arrival. I believe it is due to a potent combination of effective leadership and support by the program directors and program manager, the variety of patients and clinical settings offered, the excellent teaching by many talented departmental faculty members, and the strong sense of community and support amongst the neurology residents.  

Our Department of Neurology prioritizes the learning experience of the resident during training in the following ways:

First, our residents have ample opportunities to become outstanding neurologists by learning from the best teachers and the many patients who trust us to provide their medical care. Given the scale and scope of our clinical neurology services at UPMC, every resident provides care for patients with virtually every neurological diagnosis, and for most of those diagnoses, our residents see the many manifestations of the underlying illness. 

Second, our residents are equipped with expert guidance of our more than 75 talented faculty members, who bring substantial expertise in every area of neurology to the clinical service, formal didactic training environments, and research.

As a new chair in the department as of July 2021, I am especially excited about our future. We are in a growth and development phase, recruiting new faculty and advancing current faculty into leadership roles, all with an eye toward enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion. I truly believe that the field of Neurology is at the cusp of major breakthroughs, and I could not think of a better place to help shepherd these vital changes to the field through mentoring and training the next generation of neurologists. In addition to the clinical services and excellence in education, my vision for the department includes increasing our footprint across the whole spectrum of neurologic research, from bench to clinical trials to population health. The future is bright at in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh, and I hope you will want to be part of it!

Please feel free to contact me or any member of our leadership team with questions.

Cheers and hope to see you in the future in Pittsburgh,  

Page B. Pennell, MD, FAES (she/her/hers)
Chair, Department of Neurology
Henry B. Higman Professor of Neurology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
pennellpb@upmc.edu