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Neuro-Infectious Diseases Group

Our Fellowship

Our Neuro-Infectious Diseases/Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship is a joint program between the Department of Neurology and the Division of Infectious Diseases, and is open to both neurologists and infectious disease physicians who wish to learn more about neuro-infectious and neuro-inflammatory conditions. It is a one-year clinical Neuro-Infectious Diseases/Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship at the University of Colorado Hospital from July 1 to June 30.


Our fellow will be trained in the diagnosis and management of various neuro-infectious diseases (e.g., bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic meningoencephalitis and myelitis) among both immunocompetent and immunosuppressed (e.g., HIV/AIDS, transplant patients) patients. They will also be trained in the diagnosis and management of neuro-inflammatory diseases (e.g., autoimmune encephalitis, sarcoid, lupus, multiple sclerosis), and become very familiar with immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory medications. Finally, they will be introduced to public health processes at the local, state, and national levels. After graduation, our fellow would be well-trained for a variety of academic or private neurology or infectious disease positions.

​Here are some neuro-infectious/neuro-inflammatory conditions our fellow has diagnosed, managed and/or researched:
​Acute flaccid myelitis ​​Guillain-Barre syndrome ​​Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)
​Aspergillus meningoencephalitis ​​Haemophilus influenzae meningitis ​Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)
​Autoimmune encephalitis (e.g., NMDA, GAD-65, VGKC) ​​HHV-6 encephalitis ​Rapidly progressive dementia
​Central pontine myelinolysis ​​HIV dementia ​​Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)
​Chikungunya virus disease ​​HIV encephalitis ​​Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis
​CNS lymphoma ​​​HSV encephalitis ​​Subdural empyema
​CNS Toxoplasmosisleukoencephalopathy (PML) ​Leukoencephalopathy NOS ​Transverse myelitis
​Coccidiodes meningitis ​​Lupus cerebritis ​Tuberculosis meningitis
​Cryptococcus meningitis ​Multiple sclerosis ​​VZV encephalitis
​EBV encephalitis ​Neurocysticercosis ​​West Nile virus acute flaccid paralysis
​​Enterobacter meningitis ​​Neuromyleitis optica ​West Nile virus meningoencephalitis
​​Epidural spinal abscess ​​Neurosarcoidosis ​​Zika virus disease
​Erdheim-Chester CNS disease ​​Neurosyphilis ​​
​​Gamella endocarditis resulting in stroke ​​Nocardia meningoencephalitis
Here is our fellow, Dr. Daniel Smith, giving Grand Rounds during his Neuro-Infectious Diseases/Autoimmune Neurology fellowship(click to play the video).
Denver, Colorado, offers many outdoor and cultural activities. Whether you like skiing, hiking, drinking craft beer, visiting museums, or going to games, there is plenty to see and do while training here!

We expect to fill our Neuro-Infectious Diseases/Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship slot 12–18 months ahead of time.  We will begin reviewing applications in January of the year preceding the anticipated start date (January 2018 for a July 2019 start) and will review applications and conduct interviews until the position has been filled.

To apply, please contact:
Danni Hodges​, Neurology Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Neurology, University of Colorado Denver
Mailstop B182, 12700 East 19th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303.724.5899

Please include in your application proof of residency completion, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, copies of USMLE scores (steps 1, 2, and 3), ECFMG certification (if applicable), and a personal statement on how this Neuro-Infectious Diseases/Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship will fit in with your career goals. Applicants must have also successfully completed USMLE or COMLEX steps 1, 2 and 3 prior to the start of the program.

All applicants for this non-ACGME Fellowship program must be eligible for full hospital credentialing and must obtain a full Colorado medical license prior to the start of the fellowship.

Fellowship Application Status
2018-2019- Fellowship position filled
2019-2020- Now accepting applications