- Panitch received his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University, followed by a Fulbright scholarship, which took him to the University of Lyon for a year. On his return to the United States, he obtained his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Bellevue Hospital before embarking on his journey to become a clinician-scientist in neurology.Between 1968 and 1971, Panitch was a neurology resident at the University of California, San Francisco under Robert Fishman, MD, already one of the strongest residency programs in the country. Between 1970 and 1971, he was chief resident. Following residency, he completed 5 more years as a postdoctoral fellow, first at Johns Hopkins University in neurovirology, then at the Neuroimmunology Branch at the National Institutes of Health.