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Stereotactic, Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery Fellowship

The Stereotactic, Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery Fellowship in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine is a one-year, CAST-accredited fellowship. This program is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders in stereotactic, functional and epilepsy neurosurgery, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and experience to make a significant impact in the field. The program provides advanced training in the diagnosis, management and surgical treatment of patients with movement disorders, epilepsy, pain, psychiatric disorders and other conditions amenable to functional neurosurgical interventions, with an emphasis on restoration of function and quality of life.

Fellowship Highlights

Hands-on experience: Fellows will gain extensive hands-on experience through exposure to and participation in a wide range of procedures, including deep brain stimulation (DBS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), responsive neurostimulation (RNS), MRI-guided focused ultrasound (FUS), stereoelectroencephalography (sEEG), laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT), open and minimally-invasive epilepsy resections, spinal cord stimulation (SCS), and more.

Multidisciplinary approach: The program emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, working closely with specialists in movement disorders and epilepsy neurology, psychiatry and neuropsychology to provide comprehensive care for patients with neuropsychiatric conditions.

Research opportunities: Fellows are expected and encouraged to engage in research projects with opportunities for publication and presentation at national and international conferences. Laboratories housed in the Departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology and Psychiatry, as well as Stark Neurosciences Research Institute are open to collaboration with neurosurgery fellows.

Apply for Fellowship

Interested candidates should submit a CV, letter of interest and three letters of recommendation to Mary Gallagher, director of education for neurosurgery.

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Fellowship Director
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Thomas C. Witt, MD

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

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Application Process

Applications are currently open for the 2025-26 and 2026-27 academic years. Applicants for this fellowship must be residents or graduates of neurosurgical residency programs in the United States that are approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), or of neurosurgical residency programs in Canada that are approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and be eligible for medical licensure in Indiana. The department is unable to accept applicants with an ECFMG Visa. 

Interested candidates should submit the following documents to the Department of Neurological Surgery Director of Education.

  • A current CV
  • A brief statement of interest outlining your experience and career goals in stereotactic, functional, and epilepsy neurosurgery
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your residency program director