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Visit the Department of Neurology Research Site for current laboratory research in Neurology and other collaborations available in the Neuroscience graduate program.


Dubal Lab- Life Extension Factor Klotho Enhances Cognition


UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


Fast Facts

UCSF Neurology is ranked #1 nationally for NIH funded research among departments of neurology at US medical schools. The Department of Neurology has held the top spot for 9 of the past 10 years.


The U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list ranked UCSF Medical Center second nationwide in neurology and neurosurgery, and recognized it as Best in the West in four specialties including neurology and neurosurgery.

Dr. John Engstrom
Program Director
Adult Neurology

Dr. Audrey Foster-Barber
Vice-Chair for Education &
Program Director
Child Neurology

Dr. Vanja Douglas
Associate Program Director
Adult Neurology

The Adult and Child Neurology Residency Programs at UCSF are both within the Department of Neurology. The programs collaborate for trainee education and are supported by a central Education administrative staff. We currently have a total of 10-11 adult neurology and 3 child neurology training positions each year. The adult neurology program offers categorical (R1) positions; residents who wish to spend their R1 year elsewhere are also accommodated. The child neurology program offers a categorical program with UCSF Pediatrics Residency or a linked advanced program with the Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Pediatrics Residency for the R1 and R2 years. Residents experience core Neurology training at the main academic hospitals for adult and pediatric care, as well as at our main county hospital (Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital) and at the San Francisco Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Residency can choose from a variety of elective experiences, and may take advantage of protected time for research as part of our flexible residency option. The Flexible Residency program is available to all adult and child neurology trainees, and allows for up to six months of to pursue clinical or laboratory research training and experience, a global health project, a public health project, training as a master clinician, or a medical education project.

The adult neurology residency program is overseen by Drs. John Engstrom and Vanja Douglas and the child neurology residency program is overseen by Dr. Audrey Foster-Barber. Administrative support for adult neurology, child neurology, and our fellowship programs is provided by the education team, which consists of five coordinators: Jennifer Cantero, Karl Kanner, Helena Khim, Ashley Robelo, and Vicky Tateo. 

The excellence of our research and clinical faculty and the diversity of our training hospitals allow us to provide outstanding clinical training and opportunities for residents to begin developing their independent careers in neurology. We attract and match outstanding residency applicants from diverse geographic regions and backgrounds and the residency continues to be a source of immense pride for the Department of Neurology.