Autonomic Disorders Fellowship

The Autonomic Disorders Fellowship Program, under the directorship of Steven Vernino, M.D., Ph.D., is a one-year clinical program accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties that provides training in the diagnosis and management of disorders of the autonomic nervous system. The fellowship emphasizes a comprehensive approach to multidisciplinary patient care and clinical/translational research. Fellows will gain an understanding of the interplay among neuroanatomy, cardiovascular physiology, and pharmacology. Fellows will also become proficient in neurophysiological autonomic testing.

Program Features

  • Clinical faculty and training in both neurology and cardiology
  • Multiple training sites with diverse patient populations including UT Southwestern, Parkland hospital, and the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM) - 4 separate autonomic function laboratories with a variety of testing equipment including pupillometry
  • Dr. Vernino is a world expert in autonomic and autoimmune neurology and president of the American Autonomic Society.
  • Dr. Ben Levine is a world expert in autonomic and cardiovascular physiology. He developed the exercise training program for POTS based in part on his experience working with NASA.
  • Faculty have other unique special expertise including metabolic disorders, amyloidosis, and thermoregulation.
  • Close collaborations with other specialties including gastroenterology, physical medicine, palliative care, sleep medicine
  • Fellows experience a large volume of patients across the spectrum of autonomic disorders including genetic disorders, POTS, and neurodegenerative conditions.
  • Multiple system atrophy (MSA) multidisciplinary center of excellence
  • Fellows have abundant opportunities for research and to participate in national autonomic meetings.
  • When appropriate, fellows can work as junior faculty.
Curriculum and Training 

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