Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Associate Directors' Message

Welcome to Northwestern Neurology!

We are glad that you have chosen to look at our program. Northwestern is a special place for many reasons. As a resident, you will learn how to manage complex neurologic patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings in every neurologic subspecialty. Our program is dedicated to training excellent clinicians, scientists, and educators, and we have designed many opportunities to prepare our residents to become exceptional neurologists.

Neurology residency graduates from Northwestern are prepared for a career in academics or private practice. Our residents are given a platform to gain confidence in educating others, and this is supported by workshops in which we provide residents with skills on how to be become better teachers. We also provide structured opportunities for learning clinical and diagnostic skills. During weekly professor rounds, residents have the opportunity to discuss a complicated inpatient case and then go to the patient’s bedside to learn clinical examination skills from a neurology attending. At weekly multidisciplinary case conference, fellows and senior residents present interesting neurologic cases to the entire neurology faculty who localize and discuss differential diagnosis. Faculty from other specialties are also invited to provide expert opinion and insight from their own disciplines on complex cases. Our program is also committed to quality improvement. Senior residents present at our departmental morbidity and mortality conference and all residents complete quality improvement projects by the end of their training. Finally, we have a strong tradition of basic scientists and clinical researchers available to encourage and support residents in completing research projects. All residents will present a resident research project at grand rounds during their senior year.

We think Northwestern is an amazing place to learn neurology, but even more importantly, we all enjoy working together and the camaraderie between the residents and faculty makes Northwestern a place that we love to work.

We invite you to learn more about our residency program. Please feel free to email us with any questions regarding our program, residency, or living in Chicago. We are always here to help you!


Ilana Ruff and Danny Bega
Associate Program Directors

Danny Bega, MD, Associate Residency Director

Danny Bega, MD
Assistant Professor in Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department

Ilana M Ruff, MD, Associate Director of Residency

Ilana M Ruff, MD
Assistant Professor in Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department