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Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship

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The Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowship at Nicklaus Children's Hospital (NCH) and the University of Miami is designed to build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in neurosurgery residency and provides comprehensive training in the management of pediatric neurosurgical conditions. This is a one-year clinical fellowship which includes extensive exposure to all major areas of pediatric neurosurgery. The Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships (ACPNF) and qualifies otherwise eligible applicants to pursue certification by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery (ABPNS).

Our pediatric neurosurgeons, Dr. John Ragheb, and Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia, are fellowship-trained and board-certified by both the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Dr. Toba Niazi is fellowship trained and board eligible by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Our faculty has a prominent role in neurosurgical professional organizations including the ABPNS, the ASPN and the ISPN. NCH has, perhaps, the largest national experience in the surgical treatment of epilepsy in young children. The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery is one of the busiest referral centers in the country for pediatric brain tumors and epilepsy. NCH also boasts widely recognized surgical programs for craniosynostosis, craniofacial syndromes, spasticity, and spina bifida. NCH's pediatric neurosurgeons are internationally recognized for endoscopic management of hydrocephalus and are the founders of a sustained program in Haiti to treat indigent children with hydrocephalus. Active clinical and translational research projects are underway including research in pediatric brain tumors, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, tuberous sclerosis, head trauma, and Chiari malformations.

There is only one fellow assigned to the Pediatric Neurosurgical Service at NCH each year. One resident is also assigned full time to the pediatric neurosurgery service. The fellow is based at NCH, a beautiful 289-bed facility founded in 1950. NCH is the only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children in South Florida. It is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in the 2013-2014 U.S.News & World Report, including neurosurgery and neurology, which ranked 8th in the nation in 2014.

The fellow will oversee the pediatric neurosurgery service at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, and Jackson Memorial Hospital. Inpatient responsibilities include seeing inpatient consults and active involvement in the preoperative, operative, postoperative, and nonoperative management of pediatric neurosurgical patients. The fellow will work with the pediatric neurosurgery service on the more than 500 pediatric neurosurgical cases per year. Fellow participation is important and encouraged in our multidisciplinary clinics including neuro-oncology, spasticity, epilepsy, and neural tube defect clinics. We have a highly collaborative interaction with our colleagues in these clinics, as well as in epilepsy, general neurology, rehabilitation, hospitalists, neuropathology, and neuroradiology.

There are opportunities for basic and clinical research during the fellowship as well as an extensive conference schedule. The fellow will be expected to attend weekly educational conferences at NCH. The fellow will be expected to make presentations at many of these conferences. Research efforts and academic publications are encouraged and guidance toward these is provided. Monthly journal club and team research meetings are held bimonthly and monthly to augment the fellow’s research experience and provide a forum for mentorship.

Our fellow graduates are academically productive, placed in desirable faculty positions following the fellowship, and are emerging leaders in the field.


Program Description (PDF)

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the San Francisco Match in addition to emailing applications and corresponding documents to Kari Bollerman. (Contact information displayed below.)

  1. Curriculum Vitae (must include months and years)
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation (one written by the Director of your Residency Program or Chair of your Department)
  4. And other items as indicated in the application.

Application deadline: September 1, 2014
Length of Fellowship: 1 year
Interview start and end dates: September through November
Number of fellowship positions available per year: 1 Fellow taken every year
Prerequisities: Doctor of Medicine degree, completed Chief Residency in an approved neurosurgical program, qualify for Florida state training license.

Application Form

Contact Us

For further information, please contact Kari Bollerman:
Phone: 786-624-4022
Fax: 305-663-8490