Welcome From the Program Director

Dr. John Engstrom, Program Director, Adult Neurology


The success of the Adult Neurology Residency is the result of a culture that promotes individual clinical excellence and diversity in the context of medical team building. The result is outstanding clinical training and academic opportunities, career development support, and superb educational contributions by our faculty-both as didactic teachers and role models. Our residency program is directed by John Engstrom, MD, with S. Andrew Josephson, MD serving as associate program director. We have 2 full-time coordinators (Ms. Vicky Leong Tateo and Ms. Michelle Cereghino) to help with oversight of program operations, and Ms. Carol Piunti serves as the Education Division Manager. Our chief and senior residents provide peer leadership and mentorship that is essential to the success of our program.

The UCSF Adult Neurology Residency Program is large. We currently have 39 adult neurology and 6 child neurology residents. We enroll 10 adult neurology trainees (9 categorical, 1 advanced) and 3 child neurology trainees per year. We have a “flexible neurology residency program” with up to 6 months available for clinical or laboratory research training and research, medical education projects, or international health projects. About half of our residents take advantage of flexible residency while the other half complete classic neurology residency training followed by subspecialty fellowship. 70% of our former trainees go on to long term academic careers as clinical or laboratory scientists, or as clinician-educators. We are extremely fortunate to consistently attract and match outstanding residency applicants.