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Pediatric Neurology Program


Welcome to the Wake Forest University Pediatric Neurology Residency Program!

2014 Pediatric Neurology Group Picture

We offer one residency slot for each of the five years in our combined pediatrics/pediatric neurology program.  Our program passed its 2011 re-accreditation visit from the ACGME with flying colors. And while our primary focus is clinical pediatric neurology, you will have plenty of opportunities for clinical and basic science research.

As you probably know, child neurology training typically involves two years of pediatrics, one year of adult and two years of child neurology training.  We offer a categorical program that allows you to complete all of the required training here at Wake Forest. Thus you don’t have to move twice, and you don’t have to come for a separate visit to interview with our Pediatrics Residency Program

Although ours is a small program, we offer exceptional breadth and depth in terms of patient population and clinical experience.  Wake Forest University Medical Center has repeatedly been ranked by US News and World Report among the country’s top hospitals for multiple specialties, including Neurology / Neurosurgery.  It serves the local population of Winston-Salem and the surrounding area known as the Piedmont Triad, but also functions as a major referral center for patients from the entire western part of North Carolina, southern Virginia, northern South Carolina, and indeed from throughout the United States. The Brenner Children’s Hospital is a state-of-the-art 160-bed facility with more than 70 faculty members representing every major pediatric subspecialty.  The Department of Neurology features world-renowned specialists in Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, and Stroke, and a Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center dedicated to the treatment of refractory epilepsy in children and adults. 

Our faculty includes six board-certified pediatric neurologists, including three pediatric epileptologists and a pediatric headache specialist. The team is rounded out by two pediatric nurse practitioners and a ketogenic dietitian. Of course, we work very closely with the adult epilepsy faculty and with the general neurology, neurosurgery, and pediatrics faculty. All of our faculty members are dedicated to teaching, and each resident is paired up with a faculty mentor to help guide him or her through the three years of neurology training.

You’ll find exceptional camaraderie among the residents here. The adult residency program has recently expanded from four to five residents a year.  Both the adult and senior child neurology residents will work very closely with you to make sure the transition from general pediatrics to child neurology is as smooth as possible. A senior adult resident will be on call with you during the first four months of in-house call. All the residents have traditionally formed a close-knit, fun-loving group with many extra-curricular get-togethers.

As an added plus, all of your training will take place on one campus, with the exception of one rotation at Amos Cottage, a comprehensive outpatient facility dedicated to developmental pediatrics, and occasional clinics at Medical Plaza – Miller (formerly CompRehab), a modern outpatient rehabilitation clinic.

Come visit our program, explore lovely Winston-Salem, meet the faculty, get to know the residents, and find out why we think ours is the best little Pediatric Neurology Program anywhere!

We look forward to meeting you.

Annette Grefe, MD
Chief, Section of Pediatric Neurology
Director, Pediatric Neurology Training Program Residency



Lauren Doyle Strauss, DO
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurology
Associate Director, Pediatric Neurology Residency Program


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