Clinical Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital

Mission Fellowship DirectorSyed Rizvi, MD: Fellowship Director

The Clinical MS Fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University was established to meet the expanding need for MS trained specialists.  The goal of the MS Fellowship is to train fellows from diagnostic consultation to long term multidisciplinary care including latest clinical trials and therapies.  Training will include differential diagnosis of MS and related disorders, classifications of MS and the differing treatments, interpretation of MRI and other imaging modalities, and ongoing symptomatic management.

Fellows will also be required to participate in new and ongoing clinical research.  In addition to direct patient care within the MS Center, fellows will also get experience with affiliated staff members in fields of neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-radiology, rheumatology, and neuro-rehabilitation.

Multiple Sclerosis Center at Rhode Island Hospital

For information about our current group and ongoing services, visit

Length of training

1 year


Successful completion of an ACGME or AOA-accredited Neurology residency

Training schedule

Most training takes place at Rhode Island Hospital.

Monthly schedule to include: 24 blocks/month in MS clinic to be continued over the 12 months

  • 4 blocks/month in specialty clinic (to include neuro-ophthalmology, rheumatology, neuro-radiology and neuro-rehabilitation)
  • 8 blocks/month of dedicated research time to be continued over the 12 months
  • 4 blocks/month of administrative/didactic time to be continued over the 12 months
  • 4 weeks vacation


Neurology Grand Rounds - Wednesday 8 am, weekly 
Neuroradiology conference – Wednesday 12 noon, weekly 
Fellows will also be expected to provide noon conferences to neurology residents and medical students in subjects such as diagnosis, management, and current clinical trials in the field of Multiple Sclerosis. 

Attendance to national conferences is also expected including:
American Academy of Neurology annual meeting
Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) 

How to Apply

Please provide a letter of interest, CV, and three letters of recommendation are needed, preferably including one from current Program Director. 
Requests for information and applications should be sent to:

Syed Rizvi, MD, Program Director Clinical Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street, APC 5th floor 
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 444-3799
FAX:(401) 444-2838

Core Faculty

Syed Rizvi, MD is the director of the Rhode Island Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Center and an Associate Professor of Neurology, Clinician Educator at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is board certified in Neurology. Dr. Rizvi has participated as a principal investigator in numerous multiple sclerosis (MS) clinical trials and has published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. He is co-editor of the book Clinical Neuroimmunology. Dr. Rizvi received his medical degree in Karachi, Pakistan, followed by a residency in both internal medicine and neurology at Stony Brook University Hospital. He also completed one year of chief residency in internal medicine followed by a year of fellowship in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology. He has served as the director of the MS Center since 2002.

Jonathan Cahill, MD is a board-certified neurologist at the Rhode Island Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Center. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University. He completed a fellowship in neuroimmunology at the University of Massachusetts in 2011, and joined the staff at the Rhode Island Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Center that year. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology, Clinician Educator at Alpert Medical School and the program director for the neurology residency. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the secretary of the Rhode Island Neurological Society.Support Staff

Affiliated Faculty & Staff

Shalini Boodram, MD
Director of Rehabilitation Services

Lenworth Johnson, MD
Deputy Chief & Professor Ophthamology

Jeffrey Rogg, MD
Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging

Stuart Schwartz, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Rheumatology

Geoffrey Tremont, PhD
Director of Neuropsychology 

Janice Powers, RN is our lead infusion nurse.

Courtney Capwell is our physical therapist.

Lillian Grenier is our research coordinator.

Barbara Martin is the secretary of the MS Center