The Vascular Neurology Fellowship is a one-year clinical training fellowship accredited by the ACGME since 2013.  This is an exciting opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and clinical experience in the treatment of all types of cerebrovascular disease.  During the course of the year, the fellow will gain advanced training and experience in the acute treatment of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, primary and secondary prevention of cerebrovascular disease, neurosonology, and neuroradiology.  In addition, the fellow will have clinical rotations in neurocritical care, interventional neuroradiology and physical medicine rehabilitation (focus on post-stroke care), and research.  The fellow is provided opportunity to attend regional and national conferences focused on stroke care.

The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Medical Center is a Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center since 2013, maintaining the busiest stroke service in the state and one of the busiest in the country, with an estimated 1,500 stroke discharges per year.  University of Kentucky is part of the UK HealthCare/Norton Stroke Care Network, a network of 34 affiliate hospitals.  We are also a part of the Neurological Emergency Treatment Trials (NETT) Network and also the Stroke NET, with many ongoing clinical research trials.  We are very engaged in quality improvement and patient safety research.  Past neurology residents and fellows have presented their work at multiple national meetings and received national patient safety awards.  For a list of ongoing research click here.

Vascular Neurology Application

Positions are filled through the 23/24 AY. Applications for the 24/25 AY will be accepted through ERAS. This program participates in the NRMP Match.

Kara Swafford, MD

Positions Held:
  • Assistant Professor
  • Program Director


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