Child Neurology

Unfortunately the Child Neurology program is not recruiting for a position to begin July 2016. We will resume recruitment next fall for an applicant to begin in July 2017.  Please contact our Program Coordinator at if you have any questions or concerns.

High-quality clinical care is directly linked to the education of students, residents, and fellows. This is why the three-year, ACGME-accredited Child Neurology Residency Program is a top priority of the Division of Neurology. Our goal is to train clinical neuroscientists; individuals who provide expert patient care in the context of a strong foundation of basic and clinical neurosciences and who have the skills to pursue diverse career pathways, clinical and/or academic. Mentorship is abundantly available to help define, pursue, and reach those personalized goals.

Clinical resources

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Doernbecher Children's Hospital (DCH) is a referral center, serving children from Portland, the expanse of Oregon, southern Washington, and western Idaho. Neurology faculty and trainees provide inpatient care to primary neurology patients including those on video EEG telemetry, as well as consultation services to the inpatient ward and neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. Outpatient care is provided in general neurology and subspecialty clinics, some of which are at the adjacent Shriner's hospital:

Doernbecher Childhood Epilepsy Program clinic (including surgical, Vagus nerve stimulator, and ketogenic diet management)

Neuromuscular clinic

Neurometabolic and genetic clinic

Neurooncology clinic

Tone management/spasticity clinic

Close clinical and curriculum relationships are maintained with other disciplines including Neurodevelopmental Disabilities/Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Child Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology, and Adult Neurology. Clinical experiences occur at DCH, OHSU, and Shriner's Hospital, which are all on the OHSU campus.


Barry Russman, M.D., Interim Division Chief
Stephen A. Back, M.D., PhD.R.
Jason Coryell, M.D.

Erika Finanger, M.D.
Richard Konkol, M.D., PhD- primarily at Kaiser
Kit Yeng Lim, M.D. - primarily at Providence/St. Vincent's
Michael Narus, D.O.- primarily in Medford, OR
Juan Piantino, MD- primarily at Kaiser
Joseph Pinter, M.D.
Colin Roberts, M.D.
Jenny Wilson, M.D.
Carter Wray, M.D., Residency Program Director

View more details about the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics and the pediatric residency program.

Learn about the faculty of the Department of Neurology and the adult neurology residency program.

Other tracks include one year of training in general pediatrics and one year of research in the basic neurosciences, or one year of training in general pediatrics and one year of training in internal medicine. See for further details.


The curriculum fulfills requirements by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (see program requirements under Child Neurology section of the Neurology Residency Review Committee).

The first two years are a part of the pediatrics residency program, but with a slightly different set of rotations to meet the Training Requirements for General Pediatrics for the Pediatrics-Child Neurology Pathway:

All three years are divided between adult and child neurology. The first neurology year (PGY-3) is spent primarily on ward services. The trainee becomes facile at the neurologic examination and develops a strong foundation in neuroanatomic localization. Pediatric neurology service months include outpatient clinic in the morning when not managing inpatients which is predominantly done in the afternoons. Six months of the PGY-3 to 5 time is spent in adult neurology inpatient rotations. Six other months are spent on adult outpatient rotations, including selected elective rotations such as Neuroradiology, EEG, and neuropathology. In the third neurology year (PGY-5), more time is spent on elective rotations, as well as a required rotation in Child Psychiatry. The curriculum may be organized to allow for a block of experience in research activities. A weekly half-day outpatient continuity clinic occurs throughout the three years.


Weekly Pediatric Neuroscience Seminar is jointly organized by Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics, and is a forum for journal club, case discussions, or interdisciplinary didactic presentations. Presentations by trainees are often encouraged.

Trainees are expected to attend weekly conferences in the Department of Neurology, including morning report, Neuroradiology, clinical neurosciences conference, and grand rounds. Morning report and noon conferences often offer opportunities for the Child Neurology resident to present and teach colleagues.

Frequently asked questions

Are there pediatric residents on the Child Neurology service?

Yes. Each pediatric resident spends a 3 week rotation on Child Neurology seeing clinic patients, and inpatient consults. Pediatric interns and residents also care for subspecialty patients admitted on the pediatric neurology ward service. There is an adult neurology resident on the pediatric neurology service each month as well. Some months there may also be neurosurgery resident, 4th-year Pediatric selective medical student, and 4th-year student on his/her Neurology rotation.

Does your program require in-house call and how frequent is call?

In-house call is required during pediatric residency, and on adult neurology ward rotations, on an average of every fourth night. There is NO in-house call during child neurology rotations, during which the trainee acts as a fellow taking call from home. Call is on average 2 nights per week and one or two weekends per month.

What research opportunities are available?

Although the emphasis of all Child Neurology residency programs is to provide a strong foundation in clinical neurology, our trainees are encouraged to pursue and complete a project, in order to take advantage of resources to learn about the academic process. The exact format is open-ended and may range from submitting a topic review to clinical research or basic science projects. Mentorship from Child or Adult Neurology faculty, or staff in other collaborating divisions is available.

Can international graduates apply?

Yes, if they have we require 1 year of clinical experience in the US or Canada, have obtained an immigrant visa (H1 or J1), and have fulfilled or are fulfilling the prerequisites noted above.