Sports Neurology Fellowship

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Sports neurology is a relatively new subspecialty of neurology. There are currently less than 10 sports neurology fellowship programs in the country, and the Hartford HealthCare Sports Neurology Fellowship Program is the only one in the Northeast. Our mission is to train sports neurologists using a comprehensive curriculum and to expand the field of sports neurology globally to meet a well-established community need.

The main objective of Hartford HealthCare Sports Neurology Fellowship is to help fellows develop expertise in the recognition, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of outpatient sports neurology conditions, and gain experience with live event coverage of sports events.

The Hartford HealthCare Sports Neurology Fellowship accepts one fellow for a 12-month program beginning July 1, 2022. 

Unique Components of Our Fellowship Program Include

  • Varied lecture series such as weekly neurology grand rounds, monthly joint conference with other sports neurology programs in the country, weekly didactics with journal club, and a bi-weekly headache lecture series in partnership with the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute Headache Center.
  • Unmatched clinical experience through live event coverage on sidelines, ringside, in arenas and other settings, as well as through rotations in neuro-otology, physical therapy, headache, pain management, neurosurgery, primary care sports medicine and orthopedic sports medicine.
  • Clinical experience with diverse central and peripheral neurologic conditions in an active population. This ranges from youth athletes to elderly and from performers and athletes to weekend warriors and business executives.
  • Research opportunities and mentorship from our faculty.
  • Protected time and resources for professional growth including attendance at national and regional conferences to present research.
  • Participation in our monthly Sports Health Council at which members meet and collaborate on patient care and updates in research across all disciplines of sports medicine within Hartford HealthCare.


  1. Residency Training
    Applicants must have successfully completed their residency in either child or adult neurology.

  2. Year of Graduation
    Residency graduation must be within one to two years of fellowship application.

  3. International Medical Graduates
    Our program welcomes International Medical Graduates that hold a valid ECFMG certificate.

  4. Visas: (if applicable)  Hartford Hospital only sponsors the J-1 visa for those candidates who are not permanent residents or US Citizens.

  5. USMLE Exams
    USMLE parts 1, 2, and 3 must be passed to apply.

Application Information

For the application, we request a cover letter (letter of intent) outlining your career goals and interest in pursuing a fellowship with us, a minimum of three letters of recommendation from residency training faculty, a copy of your curriculum vitae with recent photograph, and a completed application form using the link below. Applications are to be submitted no later than April for the following academic year.

Download the Application Form

Fellowship Program Contacts

Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa

Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa, MD, MPH

Hartford HealthCare Sports Neurology Program

Program Director
Hartford HealthCare Sports Neurology Fellowship

Lisa Bonet

Program Coordinator
Hartford HealthCare Sports Neurology Fellowship

Contact Information

If you have additional questions, or would like to learn more about the fellowship, please contact one of the following.

Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa, MD, MPH
Director, Hartford HealthCare Sports Neurology Program
Program Director, Hartford HealthCare Sports Neurology Fellowship

Lisa Bonet
Program Coordinator, Hartford HealthCare Sports Neurology Fellowship