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Message from the Adult Neurology Program Director

Image: Dr. Cara HarthWelcome to Stony Brook Neurology!  I am excited to share with you my enthusiasm for this program and convince you about the superior training that you will receive here.  Stony Brook Medicine includes Stony Brook University Hospital, the only Tertiary Care Medical Center in all of Suffolk County, and Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, the only medical school in all of Suffolk County.   One of the primary goals of the Adult Neurology Training Program is to produce outstanding clinical neurologists.  I personally believe there a number of things that make Stony Brook Neurology stand out, but applicants often ask me what is the “best” feature of our program.  Hands down, the best feature of our program is our faculty and their dedication to teaching.  We have a number of internationally known faculty members here at Stony Brook, and all of our faculty are completely approachable and have an open-door policy.  We have a resident research curriculum which coordinates with our annual resident research day and have a “closed faculty” system (no outside community neurologists admitting to the hospital), and all of our faculty are enthusiastic and love to teach.

There are a lot of other features that make Stony Brook special, including our strong didactic program, diverse patient population, multiple fellowship opportunities, Night Float System, and active research projects.  I love that we are also part of Renaissance School of Medicine; all of our residents have invaluable roles in medical student education.

Stony Book’s Adult Neurology Residency Program is an Advanced Program that is linked with the Department of Medicine for a preliminary year appointment for all residents matching to Stony Brook Neurology.  Five positions are available each year. 

We are proud to be part of the Neurosciences Institute which is a collaborative effort among multiple clinical and basic science departments here at Stony Brook University, and includes multiple specialty centers, including:

  • JCAHO Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Inpatient Stroke Stepdown Unit
  • Neuro-critical Care Unit
  • Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
  • Inpatient Video Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
  • Comprehensive Spine Center
  • Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center
  • Neuromuscular Disease and ALS Center
  • The Stony Brook University Neuromuscular Disease and Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence - An ALS Association Certified Center
  • Neuro-Oncology Center
  • Skull Base Surgery Center
  • Sleep Disorders Center


In addition, we have outstanding neuro-radiology, neuro-ophthalmology, neuropathology, neuropsychology, neurosurgery, and neurovascular surgery here at Stony Brook.
 
The community of Stony Brook is a wonderful place to live and train.  The school districts here are excellent, University Childcare services are superb, and we are close to beaches, nature preserves and wineries, as well everything that New York City has to offer.  The University itself offers a whole host of cultural, athletic, and academic opportunities. 

I am proud to be a part of Stony Brook Medicine. This is a professionally rewarding place to be, and my colleagues in Neurology are truly a second family.  Our commitment to clinical teaching, research, and patient care are top-notch.

Why should you choose Stony Brook?
Because we are a close department where all the faculty and residents know each other.
Because you will come out of our program with excellent clinical training, and the ability to go anywhere and do anything.  You will also benefit from a supportive, informal, and collegial departmental environment where faculty and residents all know each other well, and the faculty are committed to your success.

Come check us out.

We look forward to meeting you!

Cara Harth, MD