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The Department of Neurosurgery offers four fellowship positions in neurosurgical oncology beginning July 1st of each year. The overall goal is to train young neurosurgeons to become academic neurosurgical oncologists who are highly skilled and knowledgeable surgeons. (Learn about our current fellows.) During the 2011 fiscal year, the department had 6,212 clinic visits and 1,593 surgical cases. This population provides considerable operative experience for the neurosurgical oncology fellows. In addition, we are able to offer fellows exposure to all aspects of neurosurgical oncology, including:

  • The surgery of primary and metastatic brain tumors
  • Surgery of primary and metastatic spinal tumors and reconstruction
  • Trans-sphenoidal surgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Surgical treatment of pain
  • Advanced brain mapping techniques
  • Endoscopic neurosurgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery 
  • Intraoperative MRI
  • Proton Beam Therapy
  • Brain (Gamma Knife) and Spinal Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Fellows will also have access to a new Microsurgical and Endoscopic Center for Clinical Applications (MECCA) Laboratory, a multidisciplinary state-of-the-art cadaveric and animal surgical lab for education, training and research. Furthermore, our fellows have ample opportunities for translational research. We have active programs in tumor immunotherapy, stem cell therapy and gene therapy. The training program focuses basic academic, technical and judgmental skills into a framework necessary for conducting effective cancer management, research and teaching.

Learn more about the neurosurgical oncology fellowship program.

How to Apply  

Applicants should have completed or be nearing completion of a board accredited residency program in neurosurgery. Minority and female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Use our DISCOVER online application system to apply for the 2015-2016 fellowship in Neurosurgical Oncology. Application submission opens October of 2013. The deadline to apply is January 24, 2014. Inside the DISCOVER system:

  1. Click on “How Do I Apply?"
  2. Go to area 1) Physician-in-Training program > GME Residency/Fellowship
  3. Click the DISCOVER system link
  4. Follow instructions to sign up and create an account, using the following information: 
    • Position: Physician-in-Training Programs
    • Academic year: 2015-2016
    • Division Name: Surgery > Neurosurgical Oncology
  5. Click Apply now

Contact Information

Jeffrey S. Weinberg, M.D., FAANS, F.A.C.S.
Professor, Director of Training
Department of Neurosurgery
Telephone: 713-563-8705

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