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Child and Adolescent Neurology Residency (Minnesota)

Meet The Faculty

The Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic is a highly integrated, collaborative department of adult and pediatric neurologists who specialize in the research, diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases affecting the nervous system.

Mayo Clinic's neurological clinical material is rich and varied, offering you the opportunity to see both common and unusual neurological and neurosurgical problems.

Faculty

In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, Mayo Clinic's neurology faculty is committed to patient care, education and research in their daily practices. Many faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. You have direct access to these individuals throughout your training.

Each of the neurology department faculty members belongs to a group of neurological subspecialists who supply unique clinical and research services to patients and colleagues.

The Division of Child and Adolescent Neurology is an integral part of the Department of Neurology and comprises several full-time members with varied expertise including neuro-oncology, sleep disorders, neonatal neurology, epilepsy, headache, movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders, neurometabolic disorders, autism, and developmental disorders and neuroimmunology:

Suresh Kotagal, M.D.

Suresh Kotagal, M.D.

Professor of Neurology

Interests: Sleep medicine, with focus on childhood narcolepsy and sleep in children with Angelman syndrome

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Katherine Nickels, M.D.

Katherine Nickels, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology

Interests: Pediatric epilepsy syndromes, treatment, and outcome; teaching EEG

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Marc Patterson, M.D.

Marc Patterson, M.D.

Professor of Medical Genetics and Neurology and Pediatrics

Interests: Neurogenetic and neurometabolic disorders (lysosomal disorders and congenital disorders of glycosylation), neurodevelopmental disabilities

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Deborah Renaud, M.D.

Deborah Renaud, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

Interests: Neurometabolic disorders, biochemical genetics, inherited leukoencepalopathies, and peroxisomal disorders (with special emphasis on boys with X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy)

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Duygu Selcen, M.D.

Duygu Selcen, M.D.

Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

Interests: Pediatric neuromuscular disease, specifically diseases of muscle and neuromuscular junction

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Paul Youssef, D.O.

Paul Youssef, D.O.

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Interests: Headache, epilepsy, general and community child neurology

From the program director

Elaine C. Wirrell, M.D. The goal of our Child and Adolescent Neurology Program at Mayo Clinic is to provide the highest quality of clinical education in child neurology to our residents so they can provide the best care to each patient they see. Our program includes an outstanding didactic and bedside clinical education to graduate residents competent for independent clinical practice in any location. We also want our graduates to be future leaders in their subspecialty field of clinical practice, as well as leaders in neurological education and neuroscience research.

We have a diverse, engaged faculty, who are dedicated to the three shields of Mayo Clinic, outstanding patient care, exceptional medical education and cutting-edge research. We offer an unparalleled didactic curriculum, plenty of patients to see with common and uncommon neurological disorders, a strong belief in graduated resident responsibility, and many opportunities to teach and do research. Our program offers the flexibility to focus your career as a clinician, clinician-educator, or physician-scientist.

We are exceptionally proud of our residents! As faculty, we are very privileged to work with such a dynamic and motivated team of trainees who have a real passion for child neurology.

Thank you for your interest in our Child and Adolescent Neurology Residency training program and we look forward to discussing your career goals with you!

Elaine Wirrell, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Neurology Residency program director

From the division chair

Kenneth J. Mack, M.D., Ph.D.As the division chair, I am proud to be part of one of the oldest and most respected child neurology divisions in the world. Mayo Clinic has a long history in child neurology, and has led in clinical excellence, research, and education. Trainees who come to Mayo Clinic are exposed to more than 120 nationally and internationally known neurologists, often the top educators, thought leaders, clinicians, and researchers of their field.

Education is of foremost importance at Mayo Clinic, as evidenced by our logo representing the three shields of patient care, education, and research. In choosing to come to Mayo Clinic for your residency training, you will share and benefit from that historic legacy. The many strengths of our program include the close working relationship between residents and faculty, the breadth of clinical experience, the high quality of your  fellow residents, outstanding didactics, all taking place in the very livable city of Rochester, Minnesota.

If you are considering training in child neurology, I invite you to consider being part of our outstanding program. Consider being one of the next generation of leaders in the field of child neurology. Consider our invitation for possibly the best clinical child neurology training in the world.

Kenneth Mack, M.D., Ph.D.
Division Chair, Child and Adolescent Neurology
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

Advisers and mentors

You are assigned a dedicated faculty adviser who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. Trainees meet with their advisers periodically throughout the program to review their progress and career goals, and ensure that their educational needs are being met. Your adviser also serves as a contact point for introducing you and your family to Rochester, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic system.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures, participate in hospital rounds and have informal discussions with trainees. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these educational opportunities.