Neurological Surgery

Neurological Surgery Fellowships

Indiana University School of Medicine offers five post-residency fellowships in neurosurgery. The Department of Neurological Surgery ensures that fellows are exposed to a very high clinical volume, high-impact research opportunities, educational conferences, a cadaveric and microanastomosis laboratory, and state-of-the-art neurosurgical equipment.

The work environment for neurological surgery fellows at IU School of Medicine is highly collegial with each participating fellow functioning as an attending surgeon. Numerous opportunities for academic growth and mentorship are available. Fellows spend most of their time at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Application Process

To apply for a neurosurgery fellowship at IU School of Medicine, please submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to the Department of Neurological Surgery. Completion of an approved neurosurgery residency program prior to application is preferred. Note: These programs are currently unable to accept applicants with an ECFMG Visa. Additional application requirements may apply to specific programs. To get more information about IU School of Medicine neurosurgery fellowship programs, contact the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Fellowship Programs

Three of the department’s vascular neurosurgeons and two endovascular neuroradiologists treat more than 250 patients per year who suffer from aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and other cerebrovascular diseases. Training may be customized to include surgical, endovascular or a combined experience. Fellowship is one to two years.

Seven department neurosurgeons devote their practice to treating the spine, including complex and minimally invasive procedures, tumors, artificial disc replacement, degenerative disease, trauma, kyphoplasty and pain management, providing fellows in this Spine Surgery Fellowship program excellent exposure to a range of patient cases. Participants are also exposed to traumatic spine and brain disorders in amateur and professional athletes. This is a one-year program.

The fellowship in skull base (transcranial)/endoscopic (transnasal) oncology offers a well-rounded experience in managing complex brain tumors. The fellowship opportunity also offers participation in operative management of aneurysms and AVMs and therefore encompasses a broad range of complex cranial procedures. The caseload includes approximately 350 operative cases each year—some with exposure to radiosurgical techniques using Novalis, Cyberknife and Gamma Knife. This is a one-year program.

IU Health Methodist Hospital houses one of the largest Neurocritical Care Units in the country, covering the entire spectrum of neurological disorders. More than 10 physicians staffing the unit are CAST-certified in Neurocritical Care. This fellowship program provides high exposure to trauma and neurovascular disorders, including aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and intracerebral hemorrhage. The unit is managed with collaboration between neurosurgeons, critical care physicians, and trauma/critical care surgeons. Participating fellows have significant opportunity for clinical research. Completion of an approved neurosurgery residency program is preferred. This is a one-year program.

This ACPNF-accredited clinical fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery offers clinical experience primarily at Riley Hospital for Children. Fellows may gain additional experience at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Fellow physicians in this program attain the depth and breadth of pediatric neurosurgical cases in preparation for independent practice and an academic career. Last year, the pediatric neurosurgery service related to this fellowship program operated on more than 1000 cases.

After a period of training and supervision, participating fellows are granted independent consulting, admitting and operating privileges. The fellow may choose to focus on neuro-vascular, neuro-oncology, spine or epilepsy/functional subspecialties.

Applicants must to register through the San Francisco Match Program and submit at least three letters of recommendation (from the residency department chair, residency program director and another faculty mentor) and a current curriculum vitae. In addition, fellow candidates must qualify for a state of Indiana unrestricted medical license. This is a one-year program.