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Neurocritical Care Fellowship (Florida)

Photo of Jose L. Diaz-Gomez, M.D.; Michael A. Pizzi, D.O., Ph.D.; and W. David Freeman, M.D.

Jose L. Diaz-Gomez, M.D., chair, Department of Critical Care Medicine; Michael A. Pizzi, D.O., Ph.D., Neurocritical Care fellow; and W. David Freeman, M.D., director, Neurocritical Care Fellowship

Program description

Neurocritical care is one of the newest and fastest growing subspecialties in medicine. Neurocritical care brings together specially trained physicians and nurses using advanced technology to monitor and treat life-threatening neurological diseases and improve patient outcomes.

The Neurocritical Care Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, recruits the finest candidates across the world. The goal of the fellowship is to provide a world-class training experience, both procedurally and cognitively. Mayo Clinic provides the perfect setting academically and all the resources for research and educational excellence, including the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, National Institutes of Health-funded and intramurally funded research, and graduate-level courses.

The two-year fellowship has many distinctive features:

  • Management of patients with acute neurological disorders in Mayo Clinic's dedicated Neurological Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU)
  • Recognition and management of clinical neurological signs of secondary deterioration in acute neurological illness
  • Management of the first (golden) hour of catastrophic neurological illnesses in the emergency department
  • Management of acute hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke
  • Comprehensive critical care exposure in different ICU environments, such as the medical ICU, cardiovascular surgical ICU and transplant ICU
  • Clinical research related to neurocritical care
  • Teaching in end-of-life care and family communication
  • Comprehensive teaching in neuroimaging of critical neurological illness

There is flexibility within the fellowship to tailor it according to your clinical and research interests and long-term career goals.


The Neurocritical Care Fellowship is accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS). Accreditation was received in 2013.


Fellows who successfully complete this program will be eligible for the UCNS subspecialty certification examination.

Program history

The Neurocritical Care Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida began in July 2013. It is anticipated that one fellow will complete this program annually.

  • Dec 21, 2015
  • ART548200