The Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowship at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) 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 Pediatric Neurosurgery. MCH 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. MCH also boasts widely recognized surgical programs for craniosynostosis, craniofacial syndromes, spasticity, and spina bifida. MCH’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. They are involved in active clinical and translational research programs in pediatric neuro-oncology, epilepsy, and head trauma.
There is only one fellow assigned to the Pediatric Neurosurgical Service at MCH each year. One resident is also assigned full time to the pediatric neurosurgery service. The fellow is based at MCH, a beautiful 289-bed facility founded in 1950. MCH 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 2011 – 2012 U.S. News and World Report, including neurosurgery and neurology.
The fellow will oversee the pediatric neurosurgery service at Miami Children’s 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 550 pediatric neurosurgical cases per year.
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 MCH. 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.
For further information, including the complete fellowship program description and didactic components, please contact Kari Bollerman
How to Apply?
Applications should be submitted along with the following documents:
- Curriculum Vitae (must include months and years)
- Personal Statement
- Three (3) letters of recommendation (one written by the Director of your Residency Program or Chair of your Department)
- And other items as indicated in the application.