Greetings From the Program Director

Joseph Campellone

As program director, I take great pride in the neurology residency program at Cooper University Health Care. Since our program started with our first three residents in 2009, our reputation as an excellent training ground has spread throughout the country through our graduates, who are highly regarded in the job market and have secured esteemed fellowships and clinical positions. More importantly, several of our graduates have returned to Cooper, a testament to the clinical opportunities and work environment here.

The diversity of our patients is the backbone of the educational experience. Exposure to patients representing a broad spectrum of both common and uncommon neurological disorders as well as to patients with varied socioeconomic backgrounds reinforces a robust didactic curriculum. Residents assume greater responsibility as they progress through training, always with the support and supervision of enthusiastic faculty with broad clinical interests. There is a very strong support for our academic mission, including comprehensive electronic resources, support from library staff, and a dedicated research institute. The learning environment is further enriched by our new medical school, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, which offers many teaching opportunities to trainees. There is abundant interaction between numerous academic programs to foster a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and scholarly activity. Departmental and institutional support (including an annual poster competition), further create an environment conducive for research. Past and current residents have produced topnotch research—authoring more than a dozen manuscript publications (six as first author), 30 presentations at national and international meetings, and numerous abstracts!

This is truly a great environment for future neurologists to train. The unique atmosphere provides a strong emphasis on clinical neurology, yet also provides abundant exposure to clinical research and basic science enabling the graduating resident to explore careers in academics, research, clinical practice, or to continue into subspecialty fellowship training.

I also take pride in the open dialogue between our residents and faculty. I meet with our residents regularly to improve our program any way possible. We encourage you to apply to our program so that you may visit us and see firsthand the exciting opportunities we offer.

Joseph V. Campellone, MD
Program Director, Neurology Residency
Professor of Neurology

Greetings From the Department Chair

Melissa A. Carran, MD

Dear Applicants,

Welcome to the Cooper University Hospital Neurology Program. We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about our hospital and its superb training opportunities. Cooper has a long history of excellence in education. Our residency graduates have been exceptionally well trained and are ready to take on any clinical or educational challenge.

Our neurology faculty are regional experts in diverse subspecialty areas, including cerebrovascular disease, endovascular / interventional neurology, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular and movement disorders. We have a wonderful mix of seasoned experts and recently expanded our services with additional clinicians with a passion for teaching, (including two of our own graduates) that provide broad clinical and educational experiences while enhancing delivery of care. We are committed to your development as a person, a physician, and as a leader in the medical community. Our program’s size and structure make it an ideal choice for learning the “art and science” of neurology. Our residents cover only one hospital under the supervision of committed faculty, which provides opportunity for much more individualized instruction than possible at other programs.

The program benefits further from our collaboration with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, providing resident trainees the opportunity to share their knowledge with enthusiastic medical students. This collaboration encourages an environment conducive to team-focused patient care, safety, research and education. Our residents also benefit from neuroanatomy labs, pathology reviews, and SIM labs experiences also possible through our affiliation with CMSRU.

Please consider applying to our program if your goal is to be an excellent neurologist functioning at the highest level of knowledge and experience after residency. This is one of the most exciting times in your professional career, and we look forward to helping you achieve your professional and personal goals, while having a little fun along the way.

Melissa A. Carran, MD
Chair and Chief, Department of Neurology
Cooper University Health Care
Associate Professor of Neurology
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University