Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship

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. 

Fellows will learn from our exemplary team of clinical and research faculty members. 

Clinical Activity 

Neurosurgery clinical faculty members are widely recognized for their expertise in primary and metastatic brain tumor surgery, pituitary adenoma surgery, cranial base surgery, spinal reconstructive surgery, surgical procedures for pain management, pediatric neurosurgery and stereotactic surgery. The department performs over 1,900 brain, spine and skull base surgeries each year. 

Our unique surgical expertise allows us 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.

Research Activity 

The Department of Neurosurgery has developed a world-class clinical research program to manage all aspects of neurosurgical oncology, including complex brain and skull-base tumors, spinal tumors and intractable, cancer-related pain disorders. Our basic and applied research programs are also regarded as premier programs with expert faculty that work closely with physician-scientists to integrate laboratory discoveries with clinical observations.  

Ongoing research projects include:  

  • Management strategies for brain metastasis
  • Mechanisms of inducing immunity against human brain tumors
  • The mechanism of cell death and differentiation of neural stem cells after radiation
  • Molecular mechanisms of glioma and brain metastasis
  • Oncolytic viral therapy for glioblastoma

In addition, we are proud to be one of the few cancer centers in the nation to house a prestigious federally-funded brain tumor SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) program. Enabling us to offer a range of clinical trials, many of which are available at only a few centers in the country. 

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 2018-2019 fellowship in Neurosurgical Oncology. Application submission opens July 1, 2016. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2016. 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: 2018-2019
    • Division Name: Surgery > Neurosurgical Oncology
  5. Click Apply now

Contact Information

Jeffrey S. Weinberg, M.D.
Professor, Director of Training
Department of Neurosurgery, Box 442
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, Texas USA 77030
Telephone: 713-563-8705
Facsimile: 713-794-4950

General Information

MD Anderson Cancer Center is located in the Texas Medical Center, which boasts:

  • The finest in medical education and treatment
  • Numerous parks, including Hermann Park which has an outdoor theater and large zoo
  • An academic and cultural arena that includes Baylor College of Medicine, Rice and St. Thomas Universities, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts
  • Houston's noted symphony orchestra, opera, theater, and ballet are within close proximity
  • Other sites of various activities available within a few minutes' drive include Moody Gardens, Sam Houston Race Park, Gulf Greyhound Park, Trader's Village, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, SplashTown Waterpark, Downtown Aquarium, Space Center, Lone Star Flight Museum, San Jacinto Battlefield, Reliant Stadium, Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center
  • For more information, go to Visit Houston or GuestLife Houston

The cost of living is moderate and housing is very reasonable.

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