Neuro-Infectious Disease/Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship

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Program Information:

Program Director: Daniel Pastula, MD​


Our Neuro-Infectious Diseases/Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship is a joint program between the Department of Neurology and the Division of Infectious Diseases. It is open to both neurologists and infectious disease physicians who wish to learn more about neuro-infectious and neuro-inflammatory conditions. It is a one-year clinical fellowship at the University of Colorado Hospital from July 1 to June 30




Our fellow will be trained in the diagnosis and management of various neuro-infectious diseases (e.g., bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic meningoencephalitis and myelitis) among both immunocompetent and immunosuppressed (e.g., HIV/AIDS, transplant patients) patients. They will also be trained in the diagnosis and management of various neuro-inflammatory diseases (e.g., autoimmune encephalitis, sarcoid, lupus, multiple sclerosis), and become very familiar with immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory medications. Finally, they will be introduced to public health processes at the local, state, and national levels. After graduation, our fellow would be well-trained for a variety of academic or private practice neurology or infectious disease positions.

​Here are some neuro-infectious/neuro-inflammatory conditions our fellow has diagnosed, managed and/or researched:

​Acute flaccid myelitis

​​Guillain-Barre syndrome

Nocardia meningoencephalitis​

​Aspergillus meningoencephalitis

​​​Hashimoto’s encephalopathy

​Nontuberculosis mycobacterial myelitis​

​Autoimmune encephalitis

​​Haemophilus influenzae meningitis​

​Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)

​Candida meningitis

​​HHV-6 encephalitis

​Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)​

​Central pontine myelinolysis

​​HIV dementia

Rapidly progressive dementia

​Chikungunya virus disease

HIV myelitis​

​​Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)

​CNS lymphoma

​​​HIV encephalitis

​​Stiff person syndrome

​CNS Toxoplasmosis

​HSV encephalitis

​​​Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis

​Coccidioides meningitis​

​​Leukoencephalopathy NOS

​​​Subdural empyema

​Cryptococcus meningitis

Lupus cerebritis

​Transverse myelitis

​EBV encephalitis

Multiple sclerosis​

​​Tuberculosis meningitis​

​​Enterobacter meningitis


​VZV encephalitis

​​Epidural spinal abscess

​​Neuromyleitis optica

​​West Nile virus acute flaccid paralysis

​Erdheim-Chester CNS disease


​​West Nile virus meningoencephalitis

​​Gamella endocarditis resulting in stroke


​Zika virus disease

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Eligibility Criteria:

  1. All applicants for this non-ACGME fellowship program must be eligible for full University of Colorado Hospital credentialing
  2. Possession of a current, valid, unrestricted Colorado medical license prior to the start of the fellowship.
  3. Completion of an accredited 1) residency in neurology or 2) fellowship in infectious diseases
  4. Board-certified or board-eligible in neurology, internal medicine, and/or infectious diseases

Application Information:


We will begin reviewing complete applications on January 1st of the year preceding the anticipated start date (e.g. January 2020 for a July 2021 start) and will continually review all applications received through the end of February. A decision will be made in early March or until the position has been filled.


​Fellowship Position Status

2021-2022 – Fellowship position filled

2022-2023 – Fellowship position filled


Application Materials:


  1. Intent to Apply Form 
  2. CV
  3. Personal statement on how this fellowship will fit in with your career goal
  4. 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who can comment on your skills and interest
  5. USMLE/COMLEX scores (steps 1, 2, and 3)
  6. Letter of good standing which includes status in current program and dates of training (residency graduation certificate is also acceptable if training is complete
  7. ECFMG certificate (if applicable)