The Duke Department of Neurology's Neurocritical Care Fellowship program trains academic-minded neurointensivists with an emphasis on superb clinical training and future career planning. The 24-month, UCNS-accreddited program accepts two fellows per year.

Our Neurocritical Care Fellowship program trains academic-minded neurointensivists with an emphasis on superb clinical training and future career planning.

The Duke Neurology Department recognizes that diversity is a necessary component of its mission of world-class patient care, education, and research. Our program is committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community where all members thrive in a welcoming and engaging environment. Read more about our diversity and inclusion efforts across the Department here.

“I will always be thankful to Duke and, in particular, the Neurocritical Care faculty and staff for providing me with such an amazing fellowship experience. The kindness and patience I received was unparalleled. They went above and beyond to help me meet both my educational and research goals, with phenomenal mentorship. In light of the training that I received, I graduated the program feeling confident in my skills as a neurointensivist and was prepared to be an attending physician. Duke will always have my gratitude.” - Rana Moosavi, MD, NCC Fellow 2018-2020

The Duke Neurocritical Care Fellowship trains academic-minded neurointensivists with an emphasis on superb clinical training and future career planning, with options for 12 and 24-month fellowships. Both options are accredited through the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties. The 24-month program accepts two fellows per year. The 12-month program accepts one fellow per year. The 12-month program is intended for those who have completed neurosurgery residency or post-graduate fellowship training in anesthesia critical care, surgical critical care, or internal medicine critical care.

All our fellows work with a team of nine neurointensivists from the Departments of Neurology and Anesthesiology. A unique aspect of our fellowship is the diverse skillsets of our various attendings. In addition to having completed fellowships in neurocritical care, three of our attendings have completed fellowships in clinical neurophysiology, two completed fellowships in vascular neurology, two are also trained in anesthesiology, and two run basic science labs. Several of our faculty members also have positions at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Additionally, a team of neurology and neurosurgery residents and 12 critical care nurse practitioners staff the Neuroscience ICU 24 hours a day. Duke has outstanding neurosurgeons and neurointerventionalists with large caseloads. The Neurosurgery Department, which includes 25 clinical neurosurgeons, performed 4,518 surgical cases in 2017.

Duke University Hospital is an internationally known tertiary- and quaternary-care medical center with 957 inpatient beds and 51 operating rooms. Duke is a Level-1 trauma center and comprehensive stroke center. U.S. News & World Report named Duke University Hospital as the 2017 "Best Regionally Ranked Hospital," ranked first in the state of North Carolina.

In 2020 the NeuroICU moved to the the newly opened state of the art Duke Central Tower. Our team works closely with faculty from the Department of Neurosurgery but is responsible for the primary care of all patients in the Neuro ICU. The fellowship fosters the transition to attending-level supervisory duties while providing “hands-on” critical care experience. Fellows spend most of their time in the Neuro ICU, but also complete rotations several off-service rotations and electives. Outside the unit, fellows have 25% of their time protected to develop research projects of their choice, under the direction of a research mentor.


Neurocritical Care Fellowship Rotations 1st Year 2nd Year
Neuro ICU Day 14


Neuro ICU Night Float 12 10
Duke Regional Hospital General ICU 4 4
Duke University Surgical ICU 4 4
Duke University Hospital Medical ICU 0 4
Duke University Hospital CCU 0 2
Anesthesia 2 0
Research and other Electives 13 17
Vacation 3 3
Total number of weeks 52 52


The Neurocritical Care Fellowship program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications should be made via SFMatch. This site contains important deadline dates to review before applying.

Applicants should review the employment requirements for all Duke graduate medical education trainees at this page. Applicants who do not qualify for employment cannot be ranked.

For questions about the Neurocritical Care Fellowship program, contact Program Coordinator Christine Berry at or 919-613-0314.

Fellowship Directors

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Shreyansh Shah, MD
Director, NCC Fellowship Program
Phone: 919-681-3801

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Christian Hernandez, MD
Associate Director, NCC Fellowship Program

Our Fellows

Hussein Al Shammari, MD

Neurocritical Care Fellow

Residency: New York Medical College
MD: American University of the Carribbean

Residency: University of South Florida, Tampa
Medical School: Tongji University School of Medicine

Kristi Tempro, MD

Neurocritical Care Fellow

Residency: Albany Medical College
MD: St. George's University

Recent News

Members of the Duke Neurology Department contributed to eight articles and two correspondence letters published in peer-reviewed journals this July.

Cherith Godwin comes from a family of nurses, but hesitated to enter the field herself. Fortunately, she reconsidered and is now a member of our neurocritical care team in our neuro intensive care unit (Neuro ICU).

This March, members of our Department contributed to studies that reveal potential new therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s disease, help triage patients suffering from traumatic brain injury, address issues contributing to physician burnout, and more.

The first month of 2022 saw the publication of 18 new peer-reviewed journal articles from members of the Duke Neurology Department.