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Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital - Shillito Fellowship

Boston Children’s established the John Shillito Staff Associate/Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship in honor of John Shillito, MD, a member of the Neurosurgery Department for 37 years.  Shillito trained under former Boston Children’s neurosurgeons-in-chief Franc Ingraham, MD, and Donald Matson, MD, who are regarded as the founders of modern pediatric neurosurgery. Patients, parents and colleagues alike have been influenced and inspired by Shillito’s skill as a surgeon, aptitude as a teacher and warmth as a caregiver.

The Shillito Fellowship supports an outstanding young neurosurgeon every year as he or she pursues intensive, post-graduate clinical training. During this pivotal year, each fellow is exposed to a full range of pediatric neurosurgical conditions, with a heavy emphasis on neoplastic, vascular and congenital disorders of the brain and spine. In addition, Shillito Fellows participate in important neurosurgical research projects—a vital undertaking for future leaders in the field.

The following pediatric neurosurgeons have served as Shillito Fellows since the program’s inception in 1991:

  • Benjamin Warf, MD - Boston Children's Hospital
  • Mark Luciano, MD - The Cleveland Clinic
  • David Adelson, MD - Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Faith Barnett, MD - The Scripps Clinic (San Diego, CA)
  • David Frim, MD - University of Chicago
  • Michael Medlock, MD - North Shore Children’s Hospital
  • Mark Proctor, MD - Boston Children's Hospital
  • Jeffrey Campbell, MD - Dupont-Nemours Children’s Hospital
  • Jodi Smith, MD - University of Indiana
  • David Sacco, MD - Southwestern University
  • Michael McCue, MD - University of Minnesota
  • Ethan Benardete, MD - Thomas Jefferson Neurosciences Center
  • Edward Smith, MD - Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Cormac Maher, MD - University of Michigan
  • Paul Klimo, MD - LeBonheur Children’s Hospital
  • Edward Ahn, MD - Johns Hopkins University
  • Ron Grondin, MD - Neuroscience Center of Tacoma Washington
  • Suresh Magge, MD - George Washington University
  • Eric Jackson, MD - Johns Hopkins University
  • Lance Governale, MD - Ohio State University
  • Lissa Baird, MD - Oregon Health and Science University
  • Sarah Jernigan, MD - University of Miami
  • Scellig Stone, MD, PhD - Boston Children's Hospital
  • Kristopher Kahle, MD - Boston Children's Hospital Fellow

All Shillito Fellowship applicants must be in the final year of an approved neurosurgery residency in the United States and must obtain a fellowship match number through the San Francisco Matching Program.

For additional information about the John Shillito Fellowship, including application forms and instructions, please contact: 

Mark Proctor,MD
Chief, Department of Neurosurgery, Boston Children's Hospital
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-355-2403

iPATH Fellowship

Boston Children’s neurosurgeon and director of Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery Benjamin Warf, MD, directs a training fellowship offered by the International Program to Advance the Treatment of Hydrocephalus (iPATH). The purpose of the program is to prepare neurosurgeons to effectively treat hydrocephalus in developing nations, particularly through the use of endoscopic third ventriculostomy to reduce dependence on shunts. iPATH fellows spend a minimum of three months receiving intensive hands-on training in Mbale, Uganda.

All fellowship applicants must be medical school graduates, licensed to practice in their home countries, who have completed at least one year of a surgical internship. Some experience in treating hydrocephalus patients is preferred, though not required.

Learn more about the neurosurgery training fellowship.

For more information, please contact:

Attn: Fellowship Training Program
International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
Cellebroersstraat 16
B-1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 502 0413
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 1129


In conjunction with Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s offers a fully integrated, six-year residency program for physicians embarking upon careers as clinical neurosurgeons and neurosurgical researchers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; interviews are conducted in October, November and December, and the program admits two residents each year.

All residency program applicants must:  

Learn more about the residency program and view a sample curriculum.

For more information, please contact:

Courtney E. Gilligan
Residency Program Coordinator
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Department of Neurosurgery
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-732-8719
Fax: 617-264-6835

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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