USC Neurocritical Care Fellowship

The USC Neurocritical Care Fellowship program, led by Dr. Benjamin Emanuel, has been accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) since 2013.

General Structure

The program is based at two hospitals: Keck Hospital of USC and Los Angeles County Hospital. This provides a wide range of clinical experience from the private setting to an indigent Level 1 trauma center.

The program provides instruction and upfront management of acute ischemic stroke and neurocritical care patients. This provides the graduate with the ability to work in a variety of clinical and academic institutions.

The training program exposes the fellows to a wide variety of critical care disciplines including trauma, SICU and anesthesia to ensure a well-rounded education.

Interpretation of continuous EEG and TCDs.


Benjamin Emanuel, DO Director, Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program

How to Apply

Interested Applicants can apply for the Neurocritical Care (NCC) Fellowship through the San Francisco Match Program. SF Match website.

*Registration for 2020 appointment opens October 2018.

For more information, please contact Asima Kachroo, our Fellowship Coordinator, at

Fellowship Candidates

The candidates must be board eligible in Neurology or Neurosurgery and are independently licensed through the state of California. The fellowship consists of a 1-2 year period of time of dedicated clinical training and research.

ICU Structure

Keck Hospital: The neuro-ICU is an 18-bed open unit shared by ENT and overflow patients. All neurology and neurosurgery patients are managed by the fellow. Neurology residents do follow patients in the ICU and respond to calls; however, the fellow is the primary point of contact.

Los Angeles County Hospital: The neuro-ICU is a 24-bed closed unit with neurology and neurosurgery patients only. The fellow is responsible for all the patients in the ICU. The neurology patients are managed primarily by the fellow with resident support. The neurosurgery patients are managed primarily by the neurosurgery PGY-2s with support from the fellow.


USC has an extremely active basic neuroscience research program with opportunities for clinical research. Fellows are expected and encouraged to publish scientific papers and present at national meetings. Additionally, many of our neurology and neurosurgical colleagues are editors for a variety of scientific journals.


The salary is based on standard pay scales for the PGY level. Any presentations at national meetings will be sponsored by the program. There is 3 weeks paid vacation.
Paid Membership to HSC Fitness Center.


Academic Year 1

  • Basic critical care skills are learned including invasive procedures: central line, arterial line, pulmonary artery catheterization, intubation, chest tubes, lumbar drains.
  • Basic patient assessment and case-based learning of critical care principals and practices.
  • 50% split time between external critical care rotations and neuro-ICU
  • 1 month elective
  • 3-day TCD course with opportunity to become board certified in neurosonology.

Academic Year 2

  • Critical Care principals and skills are applied to patients with attending physician oversight.
  • All 12 months are spent in the neuro-ICU between Keck Hospital and LAC.
  • 1 week of each LAC neuro-ICU month will be spent alone to foster independent practice.

Weekly Schedule (neuro-ICU only)

Fellows are on service M-F, with weekend in-house schedules abbreviated to rounding and procedures only. Golden weekends are given every other weekend.

Weekly Schedule (external rotations)

Determined by director/attending of each specialty.

Daily Schedule in detail

KECK Hospital:
06:15 ICU work rounds with the neurosurgery residents
08:00 ICU attending teaching rounds on neurosurgery patients
09:00 ICU attending teaching rounds on neurology patients with residents
12-17:00 Procedures, reading, research
17:00 Home call

06:30 ICU work rounds with the neurosurgery residents
09:00 ICU attending teaching rounds on neurology patients with residents
12-17:00 Procedures, reading, research
17:00 Home call

13:00 – 14:00 Neurocritical care/Stroke lectures by attending
16:30 – 17:30 Neurovascular Radiology Rounds

12:00 – 13:00 Neurology Grand Rounds

13:00-14:00 Basic ICU topics lecture by fellow
Journal Club or M&M: One Thursday every month

08:00-09:00 Neurosurgery Grand Round
09:00-10:00 Neuroradiology Rounds

Neurocritical Care Faculty

  • Benjamin Emanuel, DO,
    Program Director
    Neurocritical Care Fellowship*
  • Sebina Bulic, MD
  • May Kim-Tenser, MD
  • Jonathan Marehbian, MD*
  • Peggy Nguyen, MD*
  • Roy Poblete, MD*
  • Nerses Sanossian, MD
  • Gene Sung, MD*

*Faculty member is primarily at LAC+USC.

Past Fellows

  • Peggy Nguyen*, MD 2016-2018
    Assistant Professor, Neurology
    University of Southern California
    Keck School of Medicine
  • Leonid Groysman, MD 2010-12
    Assistant Professor, Neurology
    University of California, Irvine
  • Jason Chang, MD 2012-14
    Assistant Professor, Neurology
    Washington Hospital Center
    Georgetown University Hospital
  • Henry Park, MD 2012-14
    Private Practice
    New Jersey
  • Sebina Bulic, MD 2014-16
    Assistant Professor, Neurology
    University of Southern California
    Keck School of Medicine
  • Roy Poblete, MD 2015-17
    Assistant Professor, Neurology
    University of Southern California
    Keck School of Medicine

Current Fellows

  • Geoffrey Konye, MD (Year 2)
  • Laith Alreshaid, MD (Year 2)
  • Mimi Lee, MD (Year 1)