MedStar Georgetown – NIH Neurology Residency Program (MGNNR)

Members of the neurology residency program in front of the National Harbor.

Mission Statement

The goal of the Residency Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is the education of future leaders in Neurology and the provision of compassionate and scientifically excellent patient care.

Program Information

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital hosts the largest Residency Program in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, training over 1,100 residents each year. The MedStar Georgetown Neurology Residency Program is now categorical and is collaborating with the National Insitutes of Health, specifically the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, to foster research and scholarship in the Residency program. The Neurology Residency Program offers thorough clinical training at four excellent teaching hospitals in the region. For more information, visit the pages on the left.

For application information, click here.

Welcome from the Chairman

           Welcome to the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital-National Institutes of Health Neurology Residency Program!

Carlo Tornatore, MD

             Our program offers the unique opportunity to become a master clinician or clinician-scientist by rotating through our clinical affiliate hospitals in Washington, DC as well as the Clinical Center and laboratories of the National Institutes of Health. This combination of exposure to world class clinicians and scientists will prepare a trainee for lifelong success in the pursuit of an academic research career or a clinically centered career. Recently, our Residency program has been converted to a categorical program in which all residents will do their required PGY-1 year in the Internal Medicine Department at Medstar Georgetown University hospital, further integrating the training of a Resident over the 4 year span of the Internship/Residency.

             MedStar Georgetown University hospital is part of the larger MedStar chain in the Washington Baltimore area. MedStar is the 10th largest nonprofit hospital chain in the United States and has the ninth largest graduate medical education department in the United States. The National Institutes of Health is located in close proximity to our affiliated hospitals and is the largest research institution in the world. The National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke is the single largest entity in the world engaged in both basic science and clinical research in the neurosciences. We have a full-time faculty of over 70 individuals across our affiliated institutions which include the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center, and Children’s National Medical Center. Over the last 2 years our faculty has grown by approximately 15%, including the recruitment of clinicians and clinician scientists. We anticipate that this growth will continue over the course of the next 10 years, offering a Neurology Resident unparalleled training opportunities across the full complement of neurologic subspecialties.

             As the former program director and now the Chairman of the department, graduate medical education is one of my priorities. I would encourage you to explore our residency in more detail on this site and to come visit us if you are in the Washington DC area.


Carlo Tornatore, MD – Chairman of the Department of Neurology 

Welcome from the Program Director:

Laxman Bahroo, DO

Dear Prospective Residents,

I would like to introduce you to the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital-National Institutes of Health Neurology Residency Program. We are a categorical residency program integrating PGY -1 through PGY-4 that provides clinical training in the heart of Washington DC.  Residents have core rotations at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center and Children’s National Medical Center.  The various hospitals provide a significant diversity of neurological presentations across various socio-economic backgrounds. They form the backbone of our residency program and contribute to the rich training experience of our residents.  

At Georgetown, we seek a diverse group of self motivated and intellectually curious individuals. Residents are gradually given increasing responsibility with senior residents serving as mentors to junior residents.  Junior residents, in turn, serve as mentors to rotating medical students.  Teaching occurs from across a full spectrum from the attending faculty to residents but also from senior residents to junior residents and to medical students. Our collective goal is to train well rounded neurologists who improve patient care and contribute to the scientific growth in neuroscience. Graduating residents serve as ambassadors to the finest fellowships in the country ranging from Stroke, Movement disorders, Neuro-immunology, Neuromuscular to Neuro-oncology and Neuro-Genetics. Former residents are now program directors, department chairs and well regarded faculty at academic institutions and private practices across the country.

As a former Georgetown resident and fellow, I strive to continually improve the program and the residency training experience.  Neurology has undergone a transformation in therapeutics in the past decade.  Our collaboration with the NIH provides the opportunity to train clinician-scientists and fits with the goal of training colleagues who are ready to bring Neurology into the forefront of diagnostics and therapeutics. 

Thank you for your interest in Georgetown Neurology and best of luck with the upcoming interviews.


Laxman Bahroo, DO – Residency Program Director