Historical Background

Dr. Augustus S. Rose was the founder of Neurology at UCLA in the 1950's early in the history of the UCLA School of Medicine. The Neurology Residency Training Program began in the 1960's as a division of the Neuropsychiatric Institute with three residents in each year of training. In 1970, Neurology was granted departmental status by the University of California, Los Angeles. Academic and clinical activities expanded into the Reed Neurological Research Center located in Westwood adjacent to the Neuropsychiatric Institute. Since inception, the UCLA Department of Neurology has achieved enormous success in the growth and quality of its scientific, educational, and clinical programs. We are setting national benchmarks for academic clinical neurology and neuroscience training. Our Department has consistently been ranked #1 or #2 among the nation's neurology departments in NIH funding. There are over 250 neuroscientists at UCLA and seven buildings on campus are devoted to Neuroscience. Clinical neurology and neuroscience education is a major mission of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Neurology Fellowship Programs

UCLA Department of Neurology faculty have concurrent academic appointments in the Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Brain Research Institute, making Neuroscience the largest academic discipline at UCLA. The Department of Neurology is part of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles that is located in the Center for Health Sciences, adjacent to the UCLA campus in Westwood. Trainees at all levels in the School of Medicine also collaborate with multiple affiliated hospitals in the greater Los Angeles area including Cedars-Sinai, Olive View, Sepulveda VA, West Los Angeles VA, Harbor-UCLA, and Santa Monica Community Hospital. Our neurology department and its faculty have adopted a programmatic approach to organization. This approach has enhanced our ability to provide focused patient care, clinical research, and basic science research in a disease specific manner. Our medical students and neurology residents are exposed to all programs at all levels of training, however post-graduate fellows are able to choose their area of expertise or subspecialty. There is flexibility within each subspecialty allowing fellows and the sponsoring subspecialty program to design an individual experience and time-line that is primarily clinically focused or perhaps weighted toward clinical, basic, or translational research. The Neuroscience community at UCLA strives to offer opportunities for its community, its patients, and its faculty and trainees through state of the art clinical patient care, clinical research, technological advances in neuroimaging, and translational neuroscience research. This breadth of opportunity attracts patients from a national and international referral base. We strive to recruit and nurture faculty leaders and trainees at all levels who will enhance patient care, impact neuroscience discovery, and lead our discipline to exciting new treatments and prevention strategies for patients with neurological disease.


UCLA is located 15-20 minutes from the ocean in an attractive area of Southern California. The Santa Monica Mountains are to the north and Westwood Village to the south. Dining, entertainment, and shopping are within walking distance from the campus.

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