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Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships and Training at Boston Children's Hospital

The Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Neurosurgery is committed to providing specialized, pediatric-focused training to the next generation of neurosurgeons. To this end, we offer three fellowship programs, each of which has a unique focus that will provide world-class education to an individual pursuing intensive clinical training.

In addition to our in-house fellows, our director of neonatal and congenital anomaly directs the iPATH fellowship, which is focused on treating hydrocephalus in developing nations. Lastly, we offer a fully-integrated residency program in conjunction with Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Shillito Fellowship
International Fellowship
Surgical and Interventional Approaches to Pediatric Cebrovascular Disease Fellowship
iPath Fellowship
Residency

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. They are credentialed as a staff associate, and after a period of vetting will have independent admitting and operating privileges with close staff attending back-up. Due to this credentialing process, the fellowship is open only to graduates of North American Neurosurgical training programs, and the candidate must either be a US Citizen, have a green card, or be eligible for an H1B visa.

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
617-355-2403
mark.proctor@childrens.harvard.edu

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International Fellowship

The International Fellowship has been established to allow international trainees the opportunity to gain expertise in pediatric neurosurgery. During this year-long program, the fellow will provide clinical care in the operating room, inpatient areas and outpatient clinical setting. At the completion of the program, fellows are expected to have knowledge of both the patient management and technical skills required to successfully care for the pediatric neurosurgical patient. It is expected that after one year the trainee will have significant experience and be able to add meaningfully to the care of patients in his or her home country. In addition to their clinical training, fellows may have the opportunity to pursue a mentored clinical research project.

This fellowship is open to individuals have recently finished a neurosurgical resident training program or are able to receive a letter from the program director at their training institution saying they are eligible to sit for the boards in their home country. Applicants must be able to obtain a limited (training) license to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and qualify for house-staff privileges at Boston Children’s Hospital. Interested applicants can download this fact-sheet with instructions on how to apply.

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

Brenna Power
Boston Children’s Hospital
Department of Neurosurgery
300 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-919-1379
Fax: 617-730-7636
Brenna.power@childrens.harvard.edu

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Surgical and Interventional Approaches to Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disease Fellowship

This one-year fellowship will provide multidisciplinary training in the treatment of the full range of cerebrovascular conditions affecting children. This includes moyamoya; brain and spine arteriovenous malformations; pial, dural and extracranial arteriovenous fistulae; vein of Galen malformations; arterial dissections; cerebral aneurysms; acute ischemic stroke; vascular tumors of the head, neck and spine; and venous and lymphatic vascular malformations. 

Boston Children’s draws an unparalleled volume of patients from around the world to its departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology and its Vascular Anomalies Center. The Cerebrovascular Surgical Intervention Center (CSIC) is a global leader in pediatric operative and endovascular innovation, and trainees will benefit from hands-on utilization of its state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. In addition to clinical training, the unique patient populations and clinical volume provide incomparable opportunities for clinical and translational research, with research productivity expected as a strong component of the fellowship. 

Candidates must be graduates of a U.S. medical school or hold a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate and be able to obtain a medical license in the state of Massachusetts, and they must have had exposure to adult endovascular neurosurgical/neurointerventional training, either as a separate fellowship or included as part of a neurosurgical residency. Applicants with backgrounds in neurosurgery, neuroradiology or neurology are invited to apply, with operative neurosurgical training during the fellowship limited to neurosurgical applicants. Interested applicants can download this face-sheet with instructions on how to apply

For additional information about the Surgical and Interventional Approaches to Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disease Fellowship, including application forms and instructions, please contact:

Boston Children’s Hospital
Department of Neurosurgery
300 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-919-1379
Fax: 617-730-7636
CVDsurgery@childrens.harvard.edu

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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:

iPATH
Attn: Fellowship Training Program
International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
Cellebroersstraat 16
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
Phone: +32 (0)2 502 0413
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 1129
Email: ipath@ifglobal.org

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Residency

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
CEGILLIGAN@partners.org

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