Neuro-Infectious Diseases & Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship

Program Information:

Program Director: Daniel Pastula, MD, MHS
Associate Program Directors: Amanda Piquet, MD, and Lakshmi Chauhan, 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. We plan to have one to two fellows per year.

Our fellows 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 immunocompromised (e.g., HIV/AIDS, transplant patients) patients. They will work closely with our neuro-ID and general infectious disease faculty, and occasionally attend microbiology rounds. 


Our fellows will also be trained in the diagnosis and management of various neuro-inflammatory and autoimmune neurologic diseases (e.g., autoimmune encephalitis, neurosarcoidosis, lupus, MOGAD, multiple sclerosis) and become very familiar with immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory medications. They will work closely with our autoimmune neurology and MS/neuroinflammatory faculty. They will also learn about various laboratory diagnostic techniques and may be able to visit some laboratories with which we collaborate.


Finally, our fellows will be introduced to various public health process as the local city/county, state (CDPHE), and federal (CDC) levels.


After graduation, our fellows would be well-trained for a variety of academic or private practice neurology or infectious disease positions.


Our fellowship is particularly unique in that the University of Colorado Hospital serves as a main academic referral hospital for the entire Great Plains and Rocky Mountain Regions of the United States and is the closest hospital to the third busiest international airport in the world (Denver International Airport). We see a lot of common and rare conditions from all around the globe!

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

Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)

Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)


​Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)

​​Haemophilus influenzae meningitis

Nocardia meningoencephalitis

Aspergillus meningoencephalitis


​​HHV-6 encephalitis

​Nontuberculosis mycobacterial (NTM) myelitis

Autoimmune encephalitis (e.g., NMDA, LGI1, DPPX, IgLON5, GFAP, etc.)


​HIV dementia and associated neurocognitive disorders

​Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)

Brain abscesses (multiple spp.)



​​HIV encephalitis

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)

Candida meningoencephalitis


HIV myelitis

Ramsay Hunt syndrome

Cerebral malaria


​​​HSV encephalitis and myelitis

​​Rapidly progressive dementias

Checkpoint inhibitor associated encephalitis

HTLV-1 myelitis

Spontaneous Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)

​Chikungunya virus disease


Immune effector cell-associated neurotoxicity syndrome (ICANS)

​​​Stiff person syndrome (SPS)

​CNS Toxoplasmosis




​Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis

CNS Vasculitis


​​Listeria meningitis

Subdural empyemas

Coccidioides meningitis

Lupus cerebritis

​Transverse myelitis

​COVID-19 encephalopathy


Meningococcal meningitis

​​Tuberculous meningoencephalitis

Cryptococcus meningitis

MOG associated disorders (MOGAD)

​​VZV encephalitis

EBV encephalitis

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

VZV vasculitis

​​Enterobacter meningitis

Mpox encephalomyelitis
West Nile virus poliomyelitis
Enterovirus encephalomyelitis
Neurocysticercosis West Nile virus meningoencephalitis
Epidural spinal abscesses Neuromyleitis optica (NMO)
Weston-Hurst syndrome
Erdheim-Chester CNS disease Neurosarcoidosis Zika virus disease

Denver, Colorado, and the surrounding areas offers many outdoor and cultural activities. Whether you like skiing, hiking, eating amazing food, drinking craft beer, visiting cool museums, panning for gold and silver, watching bison and moose (and now wolves) from afar, cheering on the Colorado Rockies/Broncos/Avalanche/Nuggets/Rapids/Mammoth teams, seeing a concert at Red Rocks, or watching the cliff divers at Casa Bonita, there is plenty to see and do while training here!




Eligibility Criteria:

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

Application Information:


Please have your complete application in by January 1, one and a half years prior to the desired fellowship start date (e.g., by January 1, 2025, for a July 1, 2026 start). We plan to review complete applications beginning in December and conduct virtual interviews on a rolling basis throughout December and January. We plan to have final decisions and commitments by February.


​Fellowship Position Status

2025-2026 – Fellowship positions filled

2026-2027 – Complete applications due by January 1, 2025


Application Materials:


  1. Intent to Apply Form 
  2. CV
  3. Personal statement on how this fellowship will fit in with your career goals
  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)

Daniel Smith, MD:  Ohio Health
Murtaza Khan, MD: University of Kansas
Christine Gill, MD: University of Iowa
Ronak Kapadia, MD: University of Calgary
Kyle Coleman, MD, MS: Indiana University
Elizabeth Matthews, MD: 
University of Colorado
Kelli Money, MD, PhD: UCHealth Memorial Hospital
Rumyar Ardakani, MD:
Current Fellow
Paul Crane, MD:
Current Fellow


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