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Wake Forest Child Neurology Program


Welcome to the Wake Forest University Pediatric Neurology Residency Program!

2014 Pediatric Neurology Group Picture

Do you love child neurology?  Are you interested in a program that will make you an excellent clinician and involve you in research?  If yes, our Child Neurology Residency Program here at Wake Forest Baptist Health is looking forward to meeting you!

Affiliated with Wake Forest Medical School, our Program is committed to providing the best clinical training in child neurology in the region, offering exposure to a diverse patient population and opportunities to engage in clinical research.  It is an exciting time to join the field of child neurology, and our Program provides a strong basis in general neurology and additionally exposure to several nationally recognized subspecialty clinics. 

Based at a medium-sized academic center, our Program has excellent training that is personalized and flexible to a physician’s career goals and interests.  Our Program’s categorical positions are combined with the competitive Brenner Children’s Pediatrics Residency Program and Wake Forest Baptist’s Adult Neurology Residency Program. Our residents feel well supported benefiting from a larger network of residents.

This is a categorical training program combining a two-year Pediatrics Residency Program followed by a three-year Child Neurology Residency Program. Our Child Neurology residents undergo training that is board and intensive, preparing our trainees for a career in academic medicine, subspecialty training or private practice. The Department of Neurology currently accepts one new resident into its training program each year.  Please learn more about this year’s application process in the How to Apply section.

 Why Train at Wake Forest?

 Personalized education with one-on-one teaching

  • Close relationships with teaching faculty and leadership
  • Family-friendly training environment
  • Exceptional training in epilepsy care and reading EEGs independently
  • Outstanding research opportunities
  • Supportive clinical staff
  • Diverse patient population- surrounding areas including rural and mountainous communities

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. Brenner Children’s Hospital is a state-of-the-art 160-bed facility with more than 70 faculty members representing every major pediatric subspecialty.  

Our Neurology faculty are passionate about education and include world-renowned specialists in Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Headache and Epilepsy. Our Pediatric Neurology faculty includes seven board-certified pediatric neurologists: three pediatric epileptologists, one pediatric headache specialist, one neonatal neurologist and one neuro-immunologist. The team is further supported by two pediatric neurology nurse practitioners, one headache nurse practitioner, patient navigator, and a ketogenic dietitian.

We have Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center dedicated to the treatment of refractory epilepsy in children and adults which includes surgical planning, ketogenic diet clinic, Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic recognized by the TS Alliance, and one of the few MEG programs nationally.  Our nationally recognized Wake Forest Baptist Health Headache Program is an innovative program for complicated headaches that includes one of the few academic pediatric headache programs in the country.

Our neurology department continues to grow with new faculty who are devoted to teaching, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have about our Program. 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 Child Neurology Program!

We look forward to meeting you,


Lauren Doyle Strauss, DO, FAHS

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurology Director,

Pediatric Neurology Training Program Residency


Annette Grefe, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatric Neurology
Chief, Section of Pediatric Neurology
Associate Director, Pediatric Neurology Residency Program


Allison Brashear, MD

Professor in Neurology

Chief, Department of Neurology


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