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Child Neurology Residency Program


Welcome and thank you so much for visiting the Child Neurology Residency Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the program. Thank you again and enjoy looking around at what our program has to offer.

Questions? Contact Adam Finney, Education Coordinator, at 720-777-2704 or



Child Neurology Residents

Our residents are our program’s best feature! Although diverse in background and experience, they share a passion for continued improvement in patient care. Friendly and highly engaged in their learning experience, our residents create a very nurturing and trusting environment which fosters continued development.


As a categorical program, residents entering the program will complete the first two years in Pediatrics, followed by a third year rotation in Adult Neurology, and then the final two years in Child Neurology. Please see the Training & Curriculum tab for additional information on program specifics.


Led by our Director Dr. Timothy Bernard, our residents are heavily involved in providing input and shaping the development of the program. Our program currently accepts 3 residents per year and has a current total of 9 residents (PGY3-PGY5) in the program.


Current Residents

PGY5 (3rd year Child Neurology Residents)
 Austin Baltensperger, MD

I was born in Colorado, but moved at a young age out to Texas where I spent considerable time including my undergraduate studies at Baylor University, medical school at Texas A&M, and pediatrics residency in San Antonio as an active duty member of the United States Air Force. I was fortunate enough to be granted by the military a civilian-sponsored training opportunity in child neurology, and my family and I happily returned to Colorado to pursue this next stage of our adventure. When I am not thinking about seizures and neuroanatomy, or even when I am, I love getting outdoors to enjoy anything and everything this beautiful state has to offer.


Alicia Henriquez, MD   


I was born and rai​sed in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to the U.S when I was 15 years old. I studied microbiology and molecular biology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and studied medicine at Temple University  in Philadelphia. I met my husband in medical school and we both moved to Colorado for residency right after we got married. I chose CU for residency because of the exposure to multiple sub-specialties, a diverse patient population, supportive environment, and location.  I am interested and very involved in Global Health and I am pursuing a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine. I have two dogs that love the mountains as much as my husband and I do. I love to be outside, hike, travel, dance, and recently started climbing. 




Gary Morris, MD 


I come from Arizona, where I attended ASU (Go Devils!) for undergrad, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix for Medical School. I completed a full pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and then worked as a pediatric hospitalist for one year while my wife finished her schooling. We then packed up our 3 kids and moved here to Colorado to join the Child Neurology program! We have quickly grown to love this state and all its beauty. The Children’s Hospital Colorado is a wonderful place, and the Child Neurology program is supportive, friendly, and of course challenging in all the right ways. We are looking forward to more as I will join the Epilepsy fellowship here next year!




Elizabeth Tolar, MD 

I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, and spent my undergraduate and medical school years in Texas. I chose to come to CU for Child Neurology training due to the supportive atmosphere of the department, large catchment area for the hospital, and exposure to many subspecialties within Neurology. Since moving here, I have fallen in love with Colorado! My husband and I enjoy spending our time in the mountains – hiking, skiing, and exploring mountain towns. In Denver, we enjoy exploring the booming scene of hip restaurants and craft breweries!  Next year, I will be staying on as faculty to do outpatient general neurology at the CHCO satellite facility in Highlands Ranch.



PGY4 (2nd year Child Neurology Residents)

Dylan Brock, MD







Ryan Kammeyer, MD


I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and received my undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at Pu​rdue 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 at Children’s.


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.




Laure​l McGarry, 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.  

 PGY3 (1st year Child Neurology Residents)

Matthew Hiller, MD


I was born in N​ew 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 fiancé, 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. 

PGY2 (2nd year Pediatrics Residents)   

Elizabeth Ackley, MD

Danyelle Evans, MD

Tiffany Pointon, MD


PGY1 (1st year Pediatric​s Residents)

Megan Abbott, MD

Emma Mazzi​o, MD

Scott Rosenthal, MD

Hannah Wellman, 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.
The following is a list of recent post-residency positions:

  • Washington University, MO: NeuroMuscular Fellow
  • Private Practice, MN: Pediatric Neurologist
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN: Pediatric Epilepsy Fellow
  • Ann & Rober H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL: Pediatric Neurocritical Care Fellow
  • Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul, MN: Pediatric Neurologist
  • Billings Clinic, Billings, MT: Pediatric Neurologist
  • University of Colorado Denver - Faculty
  • Kaiser Permanente , Los Angeles, CA: Faculty
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison – Faculty
  • University of Washington, Seattle – Faculty
  • St. Lukes Regional Medical Center, Boise, ID: Staff Physician
  • Oregon Health & Sciences University: Faculty
  • The Children’s Hospital Southwest, Fort Meyers, FL: General Pediatric Neurologist
  • Helen Devos Children’s Hospital: Faculty
  • Cook Children’s Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX: Child Neurologist, Epileptologist
  • Dean Health Systems, Madison, WI: Pediatric Neurologist
  • St. Judes, TN: Neuro Oncology Fellow
  • Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Kalispell, MT: Pediatric Neurologist
  • Providence Alaska Medical Center: Pediatric Neurologist
  • University of Colorado Denver - Pallative Care Fellowship
  • University of Colorado Denver - Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship​​​


The Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics offer a three-year residency in child neurology. The goal of the program is to train physicians in child neurology and prepare them for careers in clinical or academic medicine. As a residency training program, the program curriculum is designed to meet two objectives:   (1) to prepare residents to sit for board exams at the completion of the program and (2) to independently and competently attend to the neurological disorders of childhood. Residents will gradually be able to expand their differential diagnoses of and treatment options for patients as their experience and training progresses.


Joint Faculty/Resident Mission Statement

To train Child Neurology residents to provide compassionate, high quality, evidence-based care to children with neurologic disorders within today’s healthcare environment while supporting resident wellness

Guiding Principles:

  • Providing compassionate and world-class neurological care to our patients
  • Medical education requires intellectual curiosity, sharing knowledge, continued learning, and a supportive environment
  • Medical education requires participation and responsibility from all contributors
  • Academic medical institutions should facilitate both academic and clinical opportunity for trainees
  • Academic training programs should promote the growth of their trainees both during and after their training

Knowledge gained with each year of training:  

  • Recognition of common neurological diseases in childhood and their differential diagnosis
  • Competency in performing physical examinations of infants and children 
  • Recognition of abnormal patterns of neurodevelopment
  • Interpretation of neuro-diagnostic studies in infants and children 
  • Diagnosis and management of neurological emergencies in children
  • Development of effective interactions with consulting services and ancillary staff
  • Acquisition of effective practice management skills
The Child Neurology training program works closely with the Adult Neurology and Pediatric training programs.  Our categorical residents spend their first two years rotating through the general pediatric residency and rotate on the adult service for their first year of Neurology. For more specific information regarding Adult Neurology training program, please visit the Adult Neurology website.

Child Neurology Quick Facts

  • Three (3) residents are accepted to the program per year.
  • The Pediatric Neurology Residency Program at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine has been training pediatric neurology residents since the 1960s. 
  • Formal ACGME accreditation has been continuous since guidelines for this program were established in 1988. 
  • To date, more than 30 residents have been trained since the program’s inception.
  • Our residents are highly involved in decision-making processes.  An Education Committee comprised of the faculty and at least one of the child neurology residents meets regularly (bi-annually) to review various aspects of the training program.  In addition, we schedule a yearly retreat and multiple off-site gatherings each year.
  • More program details can be found online in our Child Neurology Training Manual.  Additionally, information regarding the University of Colorado Graduate Medical Education Office, policies/procedures, and resident stipends/benefits can be found on the GME website. 


The program is set up to complete the length of training in child neurology as required by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the ACGME:

  • One year must be adult clinical neurology
  • One year must be clinical child neurology with a minimum of four months outpatient experience
  • Participation in a resident longitudinal/continuity clinic at least one half day weekly is required throughout the program.
  • One year is referred to as “flexible” and the resident learns “principles of neuropathology, neuroradiology, neuro-ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, neurological surgery, neurodevelopment, clinical research, and the basic sciences.


Patient care responsibilities are meant to ensure a balance between patient care and education that achieves for the trainee an optimal educational experience consistent with the best medical care.  Patient care responsibilities include inpatient, outpatient and consultation experiences.   We are committed to education and work-life balance.  Our schedule is compliant with all ACGME duty hour regulations and allows our residents the personal time to spend with loved ones and enjoy the beauty of Colorado.

Per the adult neurology 1st year core, typically:  
  • 6 months: adult Neurology inpatient ward service at University Hospital, VA & Denver Health Medical Center
    3 months: adult Neurology outpatient clinical adult neurology at University Hospital, VA & Denver Health Medical Center.
    3 months: Blended pediatric/adult electives in subspecialty areas of neurology including neurophysiology, neuromuscular and pathology.
    Continuity clinic in child neurology at CHC; one-half day weekly, mandatory attendance
  • 4 months: child neurology inpatient, ICU & emergency consult service:
    3-4 months: core electives (neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neuro-oncology)
    2 months: rotating clinics (child neurology, genetics, rehabilitation, neuromuscular, development, psychiatry, metabolic disease) 
    2-3 months: elective (research, outpatient/inpatient clinical)
    Continuity clinic in child neurology at CHC; one-half day weekly, mandatory attendance. 
  • 3 months: child neurology inpatient, ICU & emergency consult service.
    3-4 months: Electives (research, outpatient/inpatient clinical).
    1 month: inpatient Psychiatry (3 weeks) & COPIC- Risk Management (1 week).
    1-2 months: core Electives (neuroradiology, neuro-oncology or pathology)
    3 months: rotating clinics (child neurology, genetics, rehabilitation, neuromuscular, development, psychiatry).
    Continuity clinic in child neurology at CHC; one-half day weekly, mandatory attendance

Teaching is provided by the program director and teaching faculty. All child neurology faculty are certified by the ABPN with special qualification in child neurology and have diverse interests and skills to provide the breadth of teaching necessary.


There is always a designated member of the teaching staff available to assume the responsibilities of the day-to-day activities of the program. Clinical teaching rounds are at least 5 days per week. Resident supervision during the adult year is outlined in the adult neurology core manual.


During the pediatric neurology years, residents will continue to be directly supervised by teaching staff. During clinical working hours, all patients seen by the resident are to be staffed by the attending physician. After-hours, new inpatient, outside phone-calls and emergency room consultations are to be staffed with the attending physician. The timing of staffing depends on level of training and patient acuity. An attending physician who is a member of the teaching staff is available while on overnight call. Documentation of all calls is to be made for later inclusion in patient charting; inclusion in this documentation of staffing by attending is necessary.




Scheduled didactics in the child neur​ology division include weekly neuro-radiology conferences, case conferences, Thursday noon education conferences, and monthly child neurology journal club presentations.  Residents also participate in the weekly neurology resident rotating lecture series and the Neurology Department Grand Rounds.  Additional lectures such as Pediatric Grand Rounds and hospital-wide ethics conferences are also available Sample Conference Schedule

The Section of Child Neurology is nationally recognized for providing outstanding consultation, clinical care, and surgery for children and adolescents with neurological disorders. Services offered include comprehensive evaluation and treatment of neurological disorders, parent and patient education, comprehensive neurological consultation services, and inpatient and outpatient treatment.

The team is recognized as a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and seizure disorders, neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, pediatric stroke, and genetic disorders affecting the nervous system. Programs are designed to help coordinate the multiple specialists and services required for optimal diagnosis and treatment of these illnesses.

The faculty members are active in translational and clinical research in the neurosciences that will lead to improved treatment options for patients with neurological disorders. As the largest medical center in the western region providing such broad expertise, Child Neurology at CHCO is the referral center for children and adolescents with neurological disorders for the Rocky Mountain states and much of the western United States.

The Section of Child Neurology currently has approximately 50 pediatric faculty members - including physicians, neuropsychologists, researchers, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners - 10 clinical staff, and 11 residents/fellows. The main office and the majority of clinical services are located at Children’s Hospital Colorado, in Aurora, Colorado. Also provided are clinical services through Children’s Hospital Colorado Network of Care centers in the Broomfield, Denver, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, Parker, and Colorado Springs areas.

The Section of Child Neurology treats approximately 14,000 patients per year on the inpatient consultative service and in outpatient clinics at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora; at the Network of Care sites in Parker and Broomfield; and at other sites throughout the region.

Outpatient clinics and services include:

  • General Child Neurology Clinic
  • Ataxia Clinic
  • Complex Movement Clinic/Tic-Tone-Tremor Clinic/Rhizotomy Clinic
  • Epilepsy Clinic
  • Headache Clinic
  • Keto Diet Clinic
  • Mitochondrial Clinic
  • Movement Disorder Clinic
  • Multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Clinic
  • Multidisciplinary Stroke Clinic
  • Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
  • Neonatology Clinic
  • NeuroGenetic and NeuroMetabolic Clinics
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Rett Clinic
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic
  • Neuropsychology Services
In additional to clinical training, research is an integral part of the section of Child Neurology. For additional information on areas of faculty research, please visit the research page​ of our website.
Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service, and we participate in the National Residency Match Program

Application Process

When applying to the University of Colorado Child Neurology Residency Program, please consider the following requirements:
We are a categorical program and currently offer three categorical positions with pediatrics.  All applicants must apply directly on ERAS to only the University of Colorado Child Neurology program and submit the requirements as specified below.
  • Your ERAS application must include the following minimum requirements:
        • CV
        • Dean's Letter or MSPE
        • Medical School Transcript
        • Personal Statement
        • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation  
        • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step I Scores
  • Typically, our successful applicants have USMLE scores greater than the 90th percentile and outstanding letters of recommendation from pediatricians and child neurologists. Please review the Handout 8 - Selection Criteria rev. 06-2018.pdfHandout 8 - Selection Criteria rev. 06-2018.pdf, which is provided as an Adobe PDF file.
  • Deadlines: The ERAS application opens up on September 15 and our deadline is November 1.  New or incomplete application materials received after this date may not be reviewed.
  • If you are admitted to both programs, you will spend 2 years as a pediatric resident at the University of Colorado before moving to the child neurology residency program in PGY3.

Interview Day

  • If you are offered an interview after your credentials are reviewed, we will coordinate your interview process with the pediatrics program to allow you to make one trip to Denver.
  • Interviews are typically held on Wednesdays (Child Neurology) and Thursdays (Pediatrics), beginning in November and continuing through January. We limit the number of candidates per day to provide a more personal experience.
  • Candidates with MD/PhD degrees will also meet with research faculty during their interview day.
  • Evening social events are scheduled with current residents in order to provide an opportunity for candidates to meet with residents outside the hospital in a casual setting.
  • A final agenda will be sent to you with interview/social logistics prior to your interview date.

Salary and Benefits

The University of Colorado offers salary and benefits packages that are competitive with other fellowship programs across the country. Current salary levels can be found here.


The Mile High City is nestled at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains and is the largest city in the region with a population of 2.7 million. Denver enjoys one of the best climates in the country, with 300 days/year of sunny skies. Although it snows in the winter, the snow melts quickly and temperatures are usually moderate. Hot summer days give way to cool summer evenings. The city is the home to dozens of highly rated restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. The city attracts many outdoor enthusiasts with its extensive system of hiking and bike trails and the largest city park system in the country. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the largest performing arts complex under one roof in the country and attracts many of the top national theater tours each year. Red Rocks Amphitheater, a natural amphitheater in the foothills west of town attracts the nation’s top touring musical talent throughout the summer. Denver is home to the Denver Broncos (NFL), the Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Colorado Rockies (MLB), the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), the Colorado Rapids (MLS) and the Colorado Outlaws (MLL). The University of Colorado, the state flagship school and a world-class educational institution, is based in nearby Boulder. In addition, Denver is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, which offer abundant recreational and sightseeing opportunities year round. The state of Colorado is home to over 20 major ski areas, many of which are within 2 hours of the city.  For more information, please visit the Denver Travel and Visitor Bureau.

Contact Us

Please address any application questions to:
Adam Finney
Education Coordinator for the Department of Child Neurology
Children's Hospital Colorado
Child Neurology
13123 East 16th Avenue, B-155
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Tel: (720) 777-2704

It is a requirement for each child neurology resident to complete one scholarly activity during their 5-year child neurology residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  At a minimum each resident should present a poster at the Annual Neurology Research Retreat during the spring of their 5th year, but certainly formal publications and abstracts at national conferences are encouraged and supported. 

Each resident will have a mentor to help guide scholarly activity from the Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC).  This mentor will help you identify research projects and appropriate research project mentors. While the majority of our residents perform clinical research, we can arrange for a dedicated 3 month elective block during the 4th and 5th years to dedicate time to do a basic science project.  We encourage you to start thinking about potential research projects early in your residency to allow adequate time to complete projects.  Clinical projects should be started in the 1st - 3rd year during a dedicated research month.

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Peer Reviewed Pub

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Dylan Brock







Ryan Kammeyer


  1. Cerebral fat embolism syndrome mimicking thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in a patient with hemoglobin SC disease.

  2. Comparison of CPR outcome predictors between rhythmic abdominal compression and continuous chest compression CPR techniques.




Laurel McGarry












Austin Baltensperger






Alicia Henriquez




 Henriquez DMD poster final2.pptx


Gary Morris






Liz Troy












Liz Dubow






Tim Luebbert


 1. Chordoma Occurs in Young Children With Tuberous Sclerosis.

2. Use of a hanging-weight system for isolated renal artery occlusion.​​




Lauren Treat


1. Duration of use of oral cannabis extract in a cohort of pediatric epilepsy patients.


 Treat AAN 2016 OCE poster V4.pdf








Garn Smith


1.    Ketogenic Diet in Super-Refractory Status Epilepticus.



 Smith Method Validation 15May17.pdf


Melissa Wright


1. Consider muscle disease in children with elevated transaminase.


 Wright Neurology in Guatemala copy2small.pdf


Erica Youn




 Youn_BGC Poster on CHCO.pdf








Dorlyne Brchan






Krista Eschbach


1.    Growth and endocrine function in children with Dravet syndrome.


AES Dravet Poster 2015 Eschbach.p


Jan Martin


1.    A cluster of acute flaccid paralysis and cranial nerve dysfunction temporally associated with an outbreak of enterovirus D68 in children in Colorado, USA.

 2. Outcomes of Colorado children with acute flaccid myelitis at 1 year.










Andra Dingman


1.    Delayed inhibition of tonic inhibition enhances functional recovery following experimental ischemic stroke.

2.    Etiology and treatment of arterial ischemic stroke in children and young adults.




Craig Press


1.    Spectral Electroencephalogram Analysis for the Evaluation of Encephalopathy Grade in Children With Acute Liver Failure.

2.    Preventable Pediatric Stroke via Vaccination?

3.    Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis in Children: Imaging Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes.




Adam Wallace


1.    Infantile Spasms and Injuries of Prematurity: Short-Term Treatment-Based Response and Long-Term Outcomes.

 2. A cluster of acute flaccid paralysis and crenail nerve dysfunction temporally associated with an outbreak of enterovirus D68 in children in Colorado, USA

3. Pharmacotherapy for Dravet Syndrome