Child Neurology Residency Program

Welcome from the Program Leadership

Neurology Residency 2019
(Top Left To Right) John Malta, Bedirhan Tarhan, Desmond Schatz, Manuel Viamonte, John Sladky (Bottom row Left to Right) Kate Portwood, Prashant Singh, Peter Kang

Welcome to the University of Florida Child Neurology Residency program, a leading national training program in child neurology (pediatric neurology). Our mission is to expand the frontiers of clinical care, education, and research in our field as we strive for excellence, creativity and innovation.  Our goal is to provide an outstanding educational environment for the next generation of child neurologists.

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida is home to over 120 faculty members and over 60 residents and fellows. The UF Health Shands Hospital for Children represents the only quaternary-care academic pediatric center in North Florida. Accordingly, we are dedicated to excellence and provide our patients and families with top-tier service. While our patient care services are focused upon improving the health of Florida’s children, through medical education and biomedical research we hope to improve children’s lives within the greater Gator Nation and around the world.

We are excited to welcome you to the University of Florida Child Neurology Residency Program.

Go Gators!

John T. Sladky, MD
Director, Child Neurology Residency Program
Professor of Pediatrics

Suman Ghosh, MD,
Associate Director, Child Neurology Residency Program
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Residency Program 2018

Physicians who want to specialize in childhood brain and nerve disorders now have a new place to receive the advanced training they need. The University of Florida College of Medicine has launched a residency program in child (pediatric) neurology, helping to ease a decades-long nationwide shortage of specialists. The program is the second of its kind in Florida, and one of just 72 nationally.

UF’s pediatric neurology residency program provides advantages not available elsewhere, including immersion in the department’s faculty practice and extensive collaborations with other UF centers and departments, including the McKnight Brain Institute, the Clinical Research Center, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Multi-Disciplinary Training Program and the departments of neurology, neurosurgery, pediatrics and psychiatry.

John Malta, Bedirhan Tarhan, and Manuel Viamonte

The Child Neurology Residency Program at the University of Florida matches one PGY-1 each year for a 5-year categorical sequence. High quality, mentorship, guidance, depth, and breadth are some of the words we frequently hear from our residents, medial students, and visitors. The program is fully compliant with ACGME requirements and includes the mandatory exposure to adult and pediatric neurology, as well as a range of available electives. The adult neurology training is distributed among all 3 years of the neurology training period, enabling the trainee to assume gradually increasing responsibility on the adult neurology service, and also to gain exposure to adult neurology electives and subspecialty activities.

Residency Program 2018

Shands Children Hospital is the pediatric teaching hospital of the University Of Florida College Of Medicine, and has gained national prominence due to its world-class research, educational, and clinical programs. The faculty in the Division of Pediatric Neurology are committed to deliver the best clinical care and training for our child neurology residents. The program offers top-notch clinical training along with research opportunities and scheduling flexibility to enable trainees to pursue subspecialty interests.

Since inception, the residency has become a high-profile training program in the Southeastern United States. Our graduates are fully eligible for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Pediatric neurologists diagnose, treat and manage disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system, including developmental delays, headache syndromes, neuropathy seizures and sleep, neuromuscular and spinal cord disorders. But there aren’t enough pediatric neurologists to help all the patients who need their services. A 2003 study by the Child Neurology Society found that just 1,080 pediatric neurologists existed in the U.S. in 1998 — 20 percent lower than the number needed to meet the demand estimated by the Bureau of Health Professions. The shortage is expected to remain through 2020.

The UF child neurology residency program will help alleviate the workforce shortage in the field, with the goal of training the next generation of academic pediatric neurologists.


Five-Year Categorical Program

Through our five-year categorical Pediatric Neurology Residency Program, trainees will focus on pediatric residency training for their first two years, then study pediatric neurology for the remaining three years. The program was approved November 2012 by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, or ACGME, the national body that certifies post-medical school education in the U.S. Physicians who complete the program can apply for a license to practice independent pediatric neurology in any state or pursue fellowship opportunities. Graduates will be eligible for certification by both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and able to treat both adults and children.

Florida Statewide Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds

A collaboration of pediatric neurologists from around the state of Florida to help physicians and advanced practice providers learn about the latest advances in  pediatric neurology.

Research Opportunities

The advancement of knowledge about neurological diseases affecting children is a high priority for the Division of Pediatric Neurology.  Faculty members study basic mechanisms of disease in laboratory settings and perform clinical research on a number of topics.  Joint appointments and collaborations across numerous departments facilitate these research efforts, taking advantage of the substantial scholarly resources of the University of Florida.

The Division of Pediatric Neurology houses a number of active research activities.  Collaborations with other divisions within the Department of Pediatrics, with the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurosciences, and with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute expand the range of potential research opportunities in fields such as neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, movement disorders, and neuro-oncology.

Child neurology residents are encouraged to become involved in research projects during their training, and such projects will be tailored to the personal interests of the individual trainees.  Opportunities range from single case reports to retrospective studies to clinical trials to in-depth laboratory experiences.


Applications are being accepted through December 1.


  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three recommendation letters (personal/professional qualities)
  • USMLE scores
  • Candidate personal statement