Welcome to the Child Neurology Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the Vanderbilt Child Neurology residency program! Our ACGME-accredited five-year categorical program offers comprehensive clinical training. Our mission is to train well-rounded, competent, and compassionate child neurologists who will become the next leaders in our field.

After completing two years of training in Pediatrics, residents continue into their three years of neurology training, with 12 months of adult neurology and 24 months of pediatric neurology. Both inpatient and outpatient adult neurology rotations are at the adjacent Vanderbilt University Hospital, where residents participate in the evaluation and management of patients with a variety of neurologic diseases. The Neurology Department has extensive subspecialty representation and research, allowing for wide exposure to the field.

Pediatric neurology training is at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, where residents learn to diagnose and treat a wide range of neurologic diseases affecting a diverse patient population. Rotations are detailed on our Curriculum webpage and include inpatient and outpatient exposure, procedural skills (to include EEG, NCV/EMG, advanced headache and spasticity treatment), neuroradiology, neuropathology and dedicated time for academic projects. There is extensive elective time to explore areas of interest, including:

  • General neurology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Epilepsy
  • Neonatal neurology
  • Educator Development
  • Epidemiology and Global Health
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Neurogenetics
  • Pediatric neurocritical care
  • Quality improvement, and basic or clinical research

Throughout each academic year, residents attend numerous didactic sessions each week that focus on basic neuroscience, translational and clinical neurology (including Child Neurology and other neurology-associated subspecialties), as well as career development. Child Neurology residents also attend additional weekly educational conferences within the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, including Chairman's Rounds and Pediatrics and Neurology Grand Rounds.

For trainees interested in pursuing a career as a physician-scientist, our residency program provides opportunities to work with renowned Vanderbilt neuroscientists. Specific training tracks focusing on career development as a physician-scientist are available and elective time can be utilized for laboratory work.

Our program accepts four categorical residents each year via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Almost all residents do two years of training in pediatrics prior to the initiation of training in Child Neurology. Our graduating residents are eligible to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the American Board of Pediatrics board examinations.

Finally, while we expect applicants to choose Vanderbilt primarily for excellent training in Pediatric Neurology, Nashville is a wonderful place to live. It is a fun, vibrant, and affordable city that offers a high quality of life with abundant cultural and music opportunities. There is an impressive restaurant scene that is nationally recognized as well as professional and college sports.

Again, thank you for your interest in the Child Neurology residency at Vanderbilt! Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about our program.


Lindsay Pagano, MD

Lindsay Pagano, MD
Program Director

Emma G. Carter, MD

Emma G. Carter, MD
Associate Program Director

Mattie Goostree

Mattie Goostree
Program Manager