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Neurology Residency Education Leadership

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Andrea Swenson, MD

Residency Program Director

One of the most satisfying parts of being a program director is watching our talented residents become top-notch neurologists and future leaders in neurology. As our residents progress through their training, I enjoy teaching them at every level and truly appreciate how much I learn from them along the way.

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George Richerson, MD, PhD

Chairman, Department of Neurology

Director, Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program

Our Neurology Department celebrated its 100th year in 2019. It has a long history of contributing to the field, but there has never been a better time to become a neurologist. There are already many new treatments used for neurological disease, and there are many new advances in neuroscience on the verge of being translated to even more therapies. At Iowa, many of our trainees are taught to succeed in career paths from basic to translational to clinical research, and they are all taught to be excellent clinicians.

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Tracey Cho, MD

Vice Chair for Education

Working with our residents gets me excited for work every day. Their enthusiasm to learn, dedication to patients, and care for each other inspires me to learn and improve my own neurological skills.

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Deema Fattal, MD

VA Site Director

Director of Resident Wellness Initiatives

Mind your NESS! Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep, Stress.

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Kumar Narayanan, MD, PhD

Assistant Director, Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program

The University of Iowa is really a unique place to train. We have committed and passionate clinicians who are at the forefront of neurology, and our whole department collaborates to train the next generation of leaders in neurology. Our residents are key partners in this process and are heavily involved in research; they present at national and international conferences and publish in the very best journals.

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Caroline Martin, MA

Education Manager

I am continually impressed by the strong sense of community within our program and department as a whole. We work in a very collaborative environment that fosters numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Complete List of Neurology Faculty


The Department of Neurology comprises a robust group of professionals whose clinical, teaching, and research expertise spans the entire discipline of neurology medicine.