Department of Neurology

Program Leadership

Helmi Lutsep Neurology
Helmi Lutsep, M.D., Professor and Interim Chair

Welcome to OHSU neurology! We invite you to join us in the study and practice of the most fascinating field of all.

Since OHSU is the only academic center in Oregon, we see complex and rare disorders as well as the bread and butter of our practice. Our breadth of sub-specialists will help to guide you as you meet the patients that enticed you to consider neurology in the first place.

We value research and education in neurology. Many of our faculty participate in basic science research or in clinical research, making OHSU one of the top institutions for neuroscience funding. You will have the opportunity to work with mentors on research projects and to participate in teaching trainees and colleagues.

The neurology department at OHSU works closely with the neurology service at the Portland VA, to which it is connected by a sky bridge. The VA’s patient population and its long-standing use of telehealth will offer you unique educational opportunities.

You will find that our faculty are accessible to residents and we enjoy having opportunities to teach.  Collegiality is important to us and we have built strong relationships with the faculty in other departments as well as in our own.

We hope that we can share our love of neurology — and our beautiful state — with you!

Helmi Lutsep, M.D., Professor and Interim Chair


Department Interim Chair
Helmi Lutsep, M.D.

Program Director
Edward Kim, M.D.    

Chief Residents
Rachel Laursen, M.D.
Sabrena Ahmadi, D.O.

Education Manager (and Residency Program Coordinator)
Brittany Furiate

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, please contact education manager Brittany Furiate at or 503-494-5753.


Sabrena Ahmadi, D.O. and Rachel Laursen, M.D.
Chief Residents
Department of Neurology