Program Leadership

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., Department chairman

This is an exciting time to become a neurologist. Twenty years ago neurologists were the experts in the differential diagnosis of untreatable diseases. This is no longer true.  We are witnessing a revolution in our knowledge of the pathogenesis of neurologic diseases, ability to diagnose and monitor these diseases and, most importantly, in the availability of treatments for these diseases that just a few years ago were considered “untreatable.” By becoming a neurologist, you can participate in this exciting revolution.  

Selecting a residency program is one of the most important decisions you will make in your career. The education you receive will provide the base on which you will continue to build your knowledge of neurology throughout your career, and friendships and relations that you forge during your residency will endure. Your three years in a neurology residency program will be among the most memorable experiences of your life.

Educating the next generation of neurologists is an important part of the mission of the OHSU Department of Neurology. Our faculty is committed to maintaining what is truly one of the outstanding residency programs in the nation. We seek to create a collegial environment in which residents learn through a combination of direct, hands-on experience, mentorship and didactic education. And this education takes place at a great institution in a wonderful place to live. We take great pride in the graduates of our program. Whether they are in academia or private practice, we know that they are making a difference in the lives of people affected by neurologic illnesses.

I encourage you to seriously consider joining us. If you appreciate learning in a collegial environment while living in a beautiful city and state, you can find no better place than OHSU.

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., Chairman


Program Director
Edward Kim, M.D.    

Chief Residents
Orly Moshe-Lilie, M.D.
Sujani Bandela, M.D.

Education Manager
Kelsey Klem

A message from the chief residents

Thank you for your interest in the Neurology Residency Program at OHSU. Please take some time to browse our website and learn more about the program.

The neurology residents at OHSU experience a unique combination of structured academics, varied clinical exposure, devoted faculty, and a department centered on resident well-being. All patient care centers are located within walking distance on "The Hill" or within a three minute aerial tram ride to our waterfront campus. OHSU is a tertiary referral center that draws primarily from a patient base throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California.

There is strong representation of all subspecialty areas of neurology and OHSU faculty are nationally recognized within their fields. Resident training involves state of the art neuroradiology and neurointerventional facilities, as well as a neuro critical care unit which create a seamless flow of patient care. The University neurology inpatient ward and epilepsy monitoring unit are located within the OHSU hospital. Many emerging diagnostic and therapeutic modalities are being initiated here, and residents participate in this from the first day of training.

The OHSU waterfront campus opened in 2006 and continues to grow. The Neurology Department occupies the 8th floor of the Center for Health and Healing with computerized exam rooms and state of the art neurophysiology testing areas. The waterfront campus is connected to the main campus by the aerial tram that has become a symbol of this vibrant and growing city.

Our residents are quite successful whether they choose to pursue careers in private practice or in academics. Faculty mentors provide guidance through this process from the beginning of residency to the end. For many of us, ideas that attract our interest develop into projects that we carry into fellowship training. The neurology department fosters this process by supporting our attendance at national conferences, assigning a career mentor with whom one meets regularly, and by creating an environment that values academic activity. 

Resident well-being is a priority and strength of our program. In addition to academics, residents have ample personal time to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Portland is an affordable family-friendly city with many unique neighborhoods. It offers a variety of restaurants and cultural events typically found only in cities twice its size.

In addition to our individual travels and hobbies, we are a close-knit group who enjoy spending time with each other outside of work. Whether hiking or skiing at Mt. Hood, bike riding through town, or barbequing at the coast, we are always looking for new ways to explore and enjoy Portland and its wonders.

We hope you will consider a visit to OHSU! We invite any questions you have about our program via e-mail or phone, or 503-494-5753.


Orly Moshe-Lilie, M.D. and Sujani Bandela, M.D. 
Chief Residents
Department of Neurology
Oregon Health & Science University