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Welcome to the UMass Medical School Neurology Residency Program

Naomi Northrop, Program Coordinator with Kate Daniello, MD, Program Director and Raphael Carandang, MD, Former Program Director

The Department of Neurology was established by founding Chair, Dr. David Drachman in 1977.  He recruited the first faculty and created a department with many of his own personal attributes.  A master clinician and caring doctor, founder of the Alpha Omega Alpha chapter at UMASS, he provided and expected the highest clinical expertise and the compassionate delivery of holistic patient care.  As a pioneer in Alzheimer’s research, he emphasized scientific investigation and discovery in neurological disease and encouraged clinical and translational research among faculty.  A brilliant teacher and much-loved father figure, he had a strong commitment to furthering not only neurological education but true individual mentorship.

His spirit continues to influence the department and is embodied in our residency program that is committed to the development of the next generation of academic neurologists, who are expert clinicians, inquisitive neuroscientists and dedicated educators.

We encourage you to explore our website for more detailed information on the different and unique aspects and strengths of our program.

  • Optimal Clinical Exposure
  • Comprehensive Educational Experience
  • Approachable Accomplished Faculty
  • World Class Research Opportunity
  • Collegial and Friendly Environment

In addition to the above, we also take great pride in our longstanding open-door policy and encourage active involvement of our residents not only in their individualized training programs, but also in initiatives for the further improvement of the residency program itself. 

We are constantly looking for ways to make our program better and believe in innovation and instituting dynamic changes to further enhance the learning environment for our residents.

The UMMS Neurology Residency program offers eight Neurology positions each year. Preliminary PGY-1 Internal Medicine positions are offered to those who match in neurology. We also offer one additional Combined Neurology and Psychiatry residency position each year.

To inquire, please email our program coordinator, Naomi Northrop at

Kate M. Daniello, MD
Program Director
Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of Massachusetts Medical School 

Naomi Northrop BS
Program Coordinator
Neurology Residency Training Program
University of Massachusetts Medical School