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Welcome from the Chairman

David Hafler
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To All:

Welcome to Yale’s Department of Neurology website. There are many reasons for visiting our website. Some of you may be interested in Yale for continued training as a neurologist or scientist; others will visit because of neurologic problems in loved ones, searching for an answer. I wish to take a moment to provide an overview of our department and web site, so that we can direct you to sites that will be of assistance to you. Please visit us in New Haven, a vibrant college town with active theaters, museums, and music to visit for a day or stay for a career.

For Trainees interested in Yale Neurology:
The Yale Neurology Programs traditional excellence in research has been complemented by a major investment by Yale-New Haven Hospital in Clinical Neuroscience. This has allowed true excellence in medical science and education to be combined with a University Hospital serving an extremely large and diverse patient population. I encourage you to visit and explore our department. The mission of our Neurology Residency Program is to train the leaders in the field of neurologic disease. Our program is dedicated to the tailoring of training programs for the goals and aspirations of our residents. The program is based on three tracks besides the expectation of clinical excellence where a wide range of general and specialty neurology divisions that are described below.

  • Medical Science. Providing an environment for physician-scientists such that if you have an MD/PhD, Yale University will be open to you such that when you are done, you will be prepared to write an NIH grant and to transition to a faculty position. Please visit the Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program (CNSTP) page in Yale Neurology for details. If you are not trained in science but are interested in a career as a physician scientist, Yale has a variety of options to provide you this postgraduate training, including a special PhD program for residents for you to explore (see Investigative Medicine website).
  • Clinical Research. We are dedicated to training the next cadre of clinical scientists well schooled in computational biology and clinical trial design. Residents can apply to the Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship program or develop individual programs with the Yale School of Public Health.
  • Physician Educator. While natural skills as a communicator facilitate teaching, the art of medical education requires training in education with development of educational tools and processes. We have developed a Residency Teaching program to train the future neurologist in the clinical educator track.

For Patients and families with neurologic problems:
The question often becomes whether I should leave the familiarity of my hometown to venture into a tertiary medical center with international renowned physicians that from the outside, may be perceived as a complex labyrinth. This depends upon the complexity of the problem facing you and your family. In many instances, we work with local physicians to provide education about the latest procedures for disease treatment, and a visit to New Haven may not be necessary. In other instances, it may be worth seeing a Yale physician either in New Haven or in one of our satellite clinics. In some situations with acute neurologic emergencies, your loved ones may be transferred to our Neurology Intensive Care Unit with highly specialized care, the only such ICU in the state of Connecticut. My own specialty is Multiple Sclerosis, where we are among the best MS Centers in the US. Our center is a place where new therapies are constantly being explored while providing caring physicians who understand how to treat MS.

So please click here and go to our clinical web site that will direct you to the physician who specializes in the problems facing you and your family.

With best wishes,
David A. Hafler, MD
Professor, William S. and Lois Stiles Edgerly Chair of Neurology