Department of Neurosurgery | Clinician Education

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.

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, PhD - Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • 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 - Boston Children's Hospital
  • Sarah Jernigan, MD - University of Miami
  • Scellig Stone, MD, PhD - Boston Children's Hospital
  • Kristopher Kahle, MD - Yale – New Haven Hospital
  • Jesse Winer, MD - Tufts Medical Center
  • Heather J. McCrea, MD - University of Miami Health System
  • Katie Pricola Fehnel, MD - Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Matthew Vestal, MD - Duke University
  • Elsa Arocho-Quinones, MD – Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

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 and to apply, please contact:

Adam Porter, MPH
Program Coordinator, Department of Neurosurgery
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-919-6013

For further inquiries as to the clinical components of the fellowship, please contact:

Mark Proctor, MD
Chief, Department of Neurosurgery, Boston Children's Hospital
Professor, Harvard Medical School
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

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 application form with instructions on how to apply.

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

Adam Porter, MPH
Program Coordinator, Department of Neurosurgery
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-919-6013

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 application form 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:

Adam Porter, MPH
Program Coordinator, Department of Neurosurgery
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-919-6013


In conjunction with Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s offers a fully integrated, seven-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
Education Program Manager
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Department of Neurosurgery
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-732-8719
Fax: 617-713-3050

International Observership Program - Application Instructions

For international physicians who are interested in observing our physicians, please contact our Observership Program Office at You can submit an online application here.