Vascular Neurology

Medical Doctor

Thank you for your interest in the Vascular Neurology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota Stroke Program operates two comprehensive stroke centers, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Fairview Southdale Hospital, in addition to an innovative network of emergent and inpatient Telestroke sites.

The stroke program is housed within the Stroke Clinical Service Unit which encompasses vascular neurology, neurocritical care, cerebrovascular neurosurgery, and endovascular surgical neuroradiology. Our trainees are exposed to the entire spectrum of cerebrovascular disease through the collaborative academic and clinical mission of our stroke neurologists, neurointensivists, cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, and endovascular surgical neuroradiologists.

We are energetic and enthusiastic about our mission, which is reflected in our unprecedented growth over the past few years.

Program Highlights

  • Qualified applicants may combine Vascular Neurology Fellowship with a one-year NIH Stroke Network Research fellowship or two-year Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology fellowship.
  • Train in a collaborative environment with rapid adoption of new interventions such as tenecteplase and delayed window thrombolysis
  • Utilize telestroke for both acute treatment and in novel settings such as our virtual stroke program hospitals and telestroke clinic
  • Participate as co-investigators in pivotal Phase III clinical trials; our program is a leading enroller in ongoing national and international stroke trials.
  • Fellowship bootcamp with focused review of: stroke code activations, neurocritical care emergencies, clinical trials, telestroke, and individual research projects
  • Stroke and Neurocritical Care weekly didactic lectures including Mortality & Morbidity (1st Tuesday), Journal Club (2nd Tuesday), Interesting Cases (3rd Tuesday), and didactic lectures (4th/5th Tuesday)
  • Weekly endovascular case conference facilitated by neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology staff.
  • Dedicated weekly Neuroradiology conference for Stroke and Neurocritical Care

Requirements & Application Procedures

Applicants must have completed an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians accredited residency in neurology and passed the USMLE Step 3 examination before entrance into the program and must be board-eligible/certified in neurology.

Three training tracks are available (See ERAS for specifics):

  • Vascular neurology: one year of accredited vascular neurology fellowship.
  • Vascular neurology/StrokeNet research: one year of accredited vascular neurology fellowship plus one year of NIH-funded StrokeNet research. Additional information may be requested from the StrokeNet coordinator.
  • Vascular neurology/endovascular surgical neuroradiology: one year of accredited vascular neurology fellowship, one year of preliminary (non-accredited) training, plus the ACGME-accredited senior endovascular surgical neuroradiology year.


Please apply to our program through ERAS and indicate the track or tracks in which you may be interested. You will be able to refine the list during an interview visit. If you are aware that the two- or three-year tracks are of interest to you, you must make application to that effect by February 1st. Positions are filled through the NRMP match (See dates on the NRMP website).

Please upload the following materials to the ERAS system and register with NRMP. ERAS document uploads take place December-January. The NRMP Match opens in late January, the rank-order list deadline is first week of May, and Match Day falls in mid-May. Our interviews are planned for February-March.

  • Your latest curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (signed, on letterhead)
  • A personal statement of interest in this subspecialty/ies and career path
  • Copy of USMLE/COMLEX examination score reports for Steps 1, 2 and 3
  • Email indication of visa status
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate (if international medical graduate)

Competitive applicants will be invited to visit the University of Minnesota for an interview with the Program Director and selected faculty members.

  • Suhas Bajgur, PGY-5
  • Michael Bellew, PGY-5
  • Lev Lotman, PGY-5
  • Suhas Bajgur, PGY-5


    Hometown: Bangalore, India

    Medical School: Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, India

    Residency School: UT Health - McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas

    Why did you decide to come to the U of M Vascular Neurology Program: I felt an instant connection with everyone during the interview. Vascular neurology is an interdisciplinary field in which you need a team of neurologists, intensivists, and neurosurgeons working as a cohesive unit with a singular goal of improving patient outcomes. UMN Vascular Neurology program perfectly embodies this spirit of collaboration. Everyone I interacted with showed a genuine commitment and confidence in advancing my professional goals.

    What are your plans after fellowship: Fellowship in Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology at UMN

    What is your favorite Minnesota activity: I have never lived in the north or experienced snow. So this is going to be a memorable adventure.

    Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I am a space geek. I've seen every space movie, see every rocket launch, and read all the books about space. I feel everyone should read and re-read Carl Sagan's 1994 Pale Blue Dot speech.

    If you weren't a physician, you would be: an Astronaut

  • Michael Bellew, PGY-5


    Hometown: Minot, ND

    Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

    Residency School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

    Why did you decide to come to the U of M Vascular Neurology Program: U of M had the best education system, mentorship, aggressive treatment strategies, and a lot of ICU exposure. I was very excited to expand my knowledge through NeuroICU exposure and this program worked heavily in the NeuroICU. I also appreciated the program was not just in an academic setting as the jobs many positions in the job market are at community hospitals. Furthermore, the didactic schedule is robust and very detailed. I am excited to work with the attendings at U of M as they are very personable and open to quick text messages and great for life, education, and professional mentorship.

    What do you enjoy most about the program: I enjoy how up-to-date the program is on the latest research especially regarding TNK (tenecteplase) and extended window thrombolysis. This program has a HIGH frequency of treatment interventions--thrombolysis and thrombectomies!

    What are your plans after fellowship: I have signed Vascular Neurology Hospitalist position in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    What is your favorite Minnesota activity: So far, I enjoy parks and lakeside activities with my family.

    Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I enjoy murder mysteries in all mediums: Books (Agatha Christie, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L Sayers, etc), to TV shows (Father Brown, Only Murders in the Building, And Then There Were None), Movies (Knives Out).

    If you weren't a physician, you would be: A business/political consultant until I land my own opinion talk tv show.

  • Lev Lotman, PGY-5


    Hometown: Coos Bay, Oregon

    Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University

    Residency School: Albany Medical Center

    Why did you decide to come to the U of M Vascular Neurology Program: I was really impressed with the down to earth, approachable leadership, and the genuine comradery between fellows and residents. The program also offers great opportunities for participating in trials and telemedicine.

    What are your plans after fellowship: TBD

    What is your favorite Minnesota activity: I am about to move to Minnesota for first time, really want to try out the local food as well as explore the various hiking opportunities while weather permits.

    Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I love board games with good friends, lived in a tree house in the tropics for a few weeks, will try ANY food once, had a spiritual encounter with a buffalo at Yellowstone.

    If you weren't a physician, you would be: A pirate with a heart of gold or a snooty movie critic