Sports Neurology Fellowship

Specialty training with the leading pioneer in Sports Neurology

The Sports Neurology Fellowship at the Kutcher Clinic (formerly The Sports Neurology Clinic) develops the next generation of sports neurologists. The Kutcher Clinic fellows complete unmatched training in the diagnosis and management of concussion, post-concussion syndrome and other neurological conditions in athletes of all ages and levels of play, with a focus on lifelong athlete brain health.

Distinguished Director

The Sports Neurology Fellowship at the Kutcher Clinic is directed and supervised by Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, who founded the first sports neurology fellowship in the United States at the University of Michigan, in 2012.

Dr. Kutcher founded the Sports Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), serving as the section’s first chair, and established and co-directed the annual Sports Concussion Conference for the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Kutcher is a Team Physician for the US Ski and Snowboard and served as the Team Neurologist for the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2014 (Sochi) and 2018 (PyeongChang) Winter Games. Dr. Kutcher also serves as the Director of the NBA concussion program and has helped develop the concussion policies of the NCAA as well as several college athletic programs and conferences. Additionally, Dr. Kutcher works as an advisor to the NFL and NHL Players’ Associations. 


As an internationally recognized expert, Dr. Kutcher was a member and co-author of the International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Zurich (2012) and Berlin (2016.) Dr. Kutcher travels the globe extensively as a renowned brain health and concussion expert.

Training & Experience

Our fellows treat patients in our specialized outpatient clinic, provide sideline coverage, attend and present at academic lectures and participate in research studies that advance the science of concussion and post-concussion syndrome. This comprehensive experience is critical to developing expertise in the diagnosis and management of neurological injuries and conditions in athletes. 

Experience with sideline and team physician coverage includes providing neurological care for youth, collegiate and professional athletes of various sport types and competition levels, involving both sideline assessment and brain health baseline evaluations. The fellowship offers an opportunity to work directly with US Ski & Snowboard and the National Basketball Association.

Our Sports Neurology fellows have the opportunity to present at and attend journal club and academic conferences including: Big Sky Athletic Training & Concussion Conference, AAN Annual Meeting, and AAN Sports Concussion Conference. Additional public speaking experience is encouraged through presentations to athletic trainers, residents, coaches and parents.

The Kutcher Clinic is dedicated to advancing the science and understanding of concussion and post-concussion syndrome. Sports Neurology fellows will participate in our ongoing research studies and have opportunities to initiate and lead a study.

Dr. Sandro Corti (2017-18 fellow) presenting his poster on the Clinical Relationship Symptom Scale (CRSS) at the 2017 Big Sky Athletic Training & Concussion Conference

By caring for youth, collegiate, professional and retired athletes of various sport types and competition levels, fellows will gain insight into the full spectrum of clinical diagnosis and injury management techniques. Given the unique patient population at the Kutcher Clinic, fellows will also be exposed to the non-medical intricacies of caring for professional and other elite athletes.

In addition to specialized training in sports neurology, our fellows may have the opportunity to spend time in other specialty clinics including:

  • Pain Management

  • Physical Therapy

  • Primary care and Orthopedic Sports Medicine

  • PM&R spine/TBI

  • Vestibular Therapy

  • Cognitive Neurology

  • Craniosacral Therapy

  • Headache Neurology

  • Neuro-ophthalmology

  • Neurophysiology (EMG)

  • Neuropsychology

Program Requirements

The Sports Neurology Fellowship at the Kutcher Clinic starts on July 1, although flexible starting times may be available. Prior to start of fellowship, candidates for the Sports Neurology Fellowship must have completed their residency in neurology, or child neurology, and be ABPN board certified or board eligible.

Application Process

Interested applicants should email

  • Personal statement

  • Current CV

  • Three letters of recommendation (one of which is from the residency program director or department chair)

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