A one-year clinical fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery beginning July 1 of each year is available to qualified applicants. This fellowship is not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowships and by the Committee on Subspecialty Training of the Society of Neurological Surgeons. Therefore, fellows are not selected through the regular process managed by the Fellowship Match for Neurological Surgery (San Francisco Matching Programs).
The fellowship is designed to provide a comprehensive exposure to clinical pediatric neurosurgery. The primary goal is to educate postgraduate neurosurgeons or neurosurgeons in training on the detailed diagnostic and therapeutic options available for children with neurosurgical conditions.
The Pediatric Neurosurgery service at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center ranks as one of the busiest providers for children in the metropolitan New York City area. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has been the highest ranking hospital in New York for 18 straight years in the U.S. News and World Report survey.
The clinical spectrum and operative experience is extensive. The program is notable for the emphasis on minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery. The experience in intraventricular endoscopic surgery and transnasal skull base approaches is amongst the busiest worldwide. Tumor surgery is emphasized through traditional approaches and the use of intra-operative MRI. Pediatric vascular disorders are commonly treated using state of the art adjuncts including intra-operative angiography and an innovative interventional neuroradiology program. Multidisciplinary programs include comprehensive epilepsy, craniofacial, neuromodulation (movement disorders and spasticity), neuro-oncology, perinatal neurosciences, myelodysplasia, traumatic brain injury and concussion, and skeletal dysplasia.
The fellowship is based at the NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital. Affiliated institutions include the Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital. Upon approval the candidate will complete additional Graduate Medical Education e-courses.
The Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship is open to U.S. and non-U.S. graduates of a neurosurgery training program or current residents who have completed at least three years of a neurosurgery residency program. Requirements include:
1. U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2; parts 1 and 2
2. ECFMG certification (if MD completed overseas)
3. Appropriate visa (if applicable)
4. Social Security card
5. Individual NPI number
6. License or limited permit
8. Two letters of recommendation
Each applicant is required to submit a completed application (including a personal statement, CV, two letters of recommendation, and proof of items #1 and #2 above) to:
Mark M. Souweidane, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
520 East 70th Street, Box 99
New York, New York 10065
Application materials must be complete no later than December 31 of the year before the fellowship year.