Dear Child Neurology Applicant:
Thank you for considering the University of Colorado Child
Neurology Training Program. Our program
provides exposure to a breadth of child neurology, while emphasizing resident
wellness and an individualized training experience. If you are seeking a top-10 residency
training program with a friendly atmosphere, this might be the right place for
Our residency takes 3-4 residents per year, and currently
has 15 trainees on-campus. We select
residents who have a strong track-record of excellence in their medical training,
as well as good communicators and team-players.
We strive to have a diverse residency that mirrors our surrounding
community. The majority of your training occurs at the Children’s Hospital
Colorado, where you will be led by our large faculty of over 50 child neurologists
with specialized expertise in stroke, movement disorders, neuro-genetics,
epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, and general child neurology.
The strength of our program is our exceptional residents. We
strive to keep our resident team healthy and balanced, while encouraging
residents to achieve their greatest potential.
Our leadership philosophy is based upon encouraging significant resident
input into the specifics of our program, which has led to a resident designed
call system, a peer-mentoring system, a student-centered learning curriculum,
and a newly created longitudinal track system.
In 2020, we will be offering a newly-conceptualized 5-year longitudinal
track system that will allow our residents to specialize in a specific area. During
the second year of training, our residents will pick a specific track that will
allow them 4 months (1 moth per year) to focus on training in their area of
interest. Preliminarily, we have
identified a quality improvement track, clinical track, research track, and
global health track for our incoming interns to choose from. More details are found in our curriculum tab.
Again, thank you for considering our program. We look forward to the opportunity to meet
you, and learn about your choice to pursue child neurology.
Timothy J. Bernard,
Pediatrics & Neurology
Director, Pediatric Stroke
Director of Education,
University of Colorado
School of Medicine & Children’s Hospital Colorado
Timothy Bernard, MD, MSCS
I am the father of 15-year-old twins, Jack and Sawyer.
My kids were born at University Hospital on the same floor where I was born, which makes me a native of Colorado (a rarity these days). I
specialize in pediatric stroke, which I like because most of my patients
recover very well from their event, and it is a relatively new field. I
enjoy road biking, golfing and skiing, when not driving my twins around
Denver. I greatly enjoy working with medical students and young
physicians to facilitate their personal and professional growth, which is the
reason being program director is the best part of my job!
Jan Martin MD
Associate Program Director
I’m originally from northern California (and forever a SF
Giants fan), but have been in Colorado since 2011 for residency and now as
faculty. I’m currently a neurohospitalist on our inpatient neurology service
most of the time but am also passionate about improving medical education
(which is why I love working in our residency program). When I’m not working,
my husband, daughter, and I love to go hiking and cycling around Colorado. I
grew up skiing and am trying to get my husband as excited about it as I am. My
favorite meal of all time is brunch and, if you’re wondering, Snooze does it
Adam Finney, MS
I was born and raised in Colorado. I spent a few years in Texas but returned to Colorado as soon as I could. I have been in my role for the past 5 years and enjoy the people and the culture of the program. I spend my free time with my wife, two kids, and black labrador. We enjoy exploring all that Colorado offers including the mountains, brew pubs, wineries, music scene, and the Arts.
Laura Konapka, MST
I joined the team in 2019 bringing a background in
Human Resources and Science Education. Coordinating the residency program is a
natural blend of these two areas for me with the added benefit of no grading.
After work you can frequently find me in local parks, breweries, museums, and
the botanical gardens with my family. Some day soon my son will be old enough
for us to introduce him to the joys of skiing, and hiking in the Rocky
Dylan Brock, MD
I received my
Undergraduate degree in Neural Science and Philosophy of Mind from New York
University. I completed my master’s degree and medical school at the
University of Louisville.
Ryan Kammeyer, MD
was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and received my undergraduate and
Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University before attending med school at Indiana
University. The strong community within the CU Pediatrics program and the
growing Global Neurology program are what drew me in to pursing residency here
I also saw the quickly growing hospital and the
supportive, feedback-oriented programs as ideal for residents to shape our
training to fit our interests and well-being. I hope to complete
fellowship in Neuroimmunology after residency. My wife, son, and I enjoy hiking
in the mountains, rock-climbing, spending time in Denver’s parks, and trying
new restaurants and breweries.
Laurel Reed, MD
I grew up in Idaho
and moved to Colorado for medical school at the University of Colorado.
Once I got to Denver I decided I never want to leave! When I'm not at the
hospital hanging with my fabulous co-residents I enjoy exploring the mountains
with my dog Lucy.
|Matthew Hiller, MD
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up down the street in Baton Rouge. Colorado is my second move outside of Louisiana, the first being Austin, TX for my undergraduate at UT. I moved out here with my wife, who is a resident in Internal Medicine here at CU. We quickly acclimated to the culture of craft beer and outdoor adventures. When I am not in the hospital, I enjoy playing basketball and fishing. When the weather is bad (which is rare here!), I like to draw my own cartoons and comics.
|Julie Nelson, MD
I was born in Indiana and grew up in the Chicago area. I had studied Speech and Hearing and Spanish at Indiana University, though I realized that my dream was to attend medical school while working at a camp for children with special needs. I attended a post-baccalaureate program at Johns Hopkins after college and then worked in sickle cell research for two years prior to going back to Indiana for medical school. I was excited to come to CU because of the large catchment area, exposure to multiple subspecialties, amount of patient diversity, and of course location. I've had a great time living in Colorado and love going hiking, exploring the city, and hanging out with my awesome co-residents.
|Lynne Wood, MD
I’m a Colorado native and went to medical school here too. I love some of the stereotypical Colorado things like hiking, jogging and dogs, but I also love junk food and binge-watching Netflix. There are tons of things about the residency that have been fantastic so far. 1) The patients are wonderful and you get to see a ton of different pathology since we serve such a large area. 2) The faculty have been approachable and seem really enthusiastic about teaching. 3) Our program has been incredibly receptive to resident feedback and made many positive changes as a result. 4) My co-residents are fabulous doctors and really fun to be around. I’m really excited to be here and look forward to the rest of training.
Elizabeth Ackley, MD
I grew up in Massachusetts and spent most of my life in the Northeast prior to residency. I went to Union College in upstate NY for undergrad and worked in the Dominican Republic and in Boston for a couple of years before going back to school. I completed medical school at Columbia in New York l and came out to Colorado for residency after being drawn to the mountains and the warm, welcoming culture of the residency program. In my free time I love to run, hike, bake and do watercolor illustrations.
Danyelle Evans, MD
I was born and raised in Austin, TX. I studied Art History and Hispanic Studies at Rice University in Houston, then completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. I fell in love with Child Neurology as a 4th year medical student, and have never looked back! I chose to come to Colorado because the people in this program seemed genuinely happy with excellent mentorship (and also, because of the mountains!). In my free time I love to camp, hike with my dog, go out to local restaurants/breweries, and work in my garden. So far I have been extremely impressed by the quality of this residency program, our program directors, and the breadth and depth of educational experiences. I love Colorado, and am so happy I chose to train here!
|Tiffany Pointon, MD
I am proudly born and raised here in Colorado. I attended medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where I was lucky enough to spend time with some of the attendings and residents in the pediatric neurology program who ultimately sparked my passion for pediatric neurology. I feel very blessed to now be working alongside those individuals and to be a part of the Child Neurology Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In my spare time, you will find me hiking, camping or working out with my amazing husband.
|Megan Abbott, MD|
Emma Mazzio, MD
Scott Rosenthal, MD
Hannah Wellman, MD
|Jerry Jewell, MD|
Eileen Ser, MD
Residents graduating from our program enjoy continued success in a variety of different areas, which include academic positions, continued educational advancement, and neurology practice. Child Neurology graduates are in high demand both in Colorado and around the country.