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Movement Disorders Fellowship

The UCSF fellowship in movement disorders is a fully funded two-year program, which immerses our fellows in a comprehensive and extraordinarily diverse clinical experience at UCSF, in partnership with the San Francisco VA Parkinson’s Disease and Research Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC).

A collegial and supportive spirit of collaboration has been present in our center and in our fellowship from the outset. For well over a decade our fellows have greatly benefited from our seamless integration with functional neurosurgery.

In recent years, the fellowship experience has been enhanced by greater integration with the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC), a world-renowned behavioral neurology center conducting cutting-edge dementia and neurodegenerative disease care and research. Since 2014, when Dr. Caroline Tanner, MD, PhD joined the faculty at UCSF, fellows have had even greater training in the design and conduct of clinical trials, observational clinical research, and epidemiology. Our fellowship is unique in that it provides a highly integrated multidisciplinary experience where fellows are co-mentored by dedicated movement disorders neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, and psychiatrists who specialize in advanced treatments for Parkinson’s disease, including deep brain stimulation (DBS). We continue to build upon this foundation to create an innovative and unique movement disorders fellowship that integrates our strengths in clinical research, epidemiology, basal ganglia physiology, and cognitive and behavioral neurology.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation recently recognized our excellence and innovation in fellowship training when it chose UCSF as one of the sites for the Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movements Disorders for 2017-2019.

Fellowship Director

Nicholas B. Galifianakis, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Neurology

How to Apply
Our fellowship program participates in the national SFMATCH application service for movement disorders fellowships. New application cycles typically begin in April, applications are due by the end of May, and interviews are conducted for select candidates in June/July, a full year (12-15 months) before the start date of the fellowship.

Therefore, interested applicants should apply through during their PGY3 year of neurology residency, (providing a CV, personal statement and 3 letters of recommendation). Applicants are also welcome to contact the Dr. Galifianakis ( with any questions.

The University of California is an AA/EEO employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities and women.