Graduation Medical Education (GME): Surgical Neurology

Fellowship Program Director: Kareem Zaghloul, MD, Ph.D.

The Surgical Neurology Branch of NINDS offers a basic, translational and clinical research training program for surgeons committed to a career in academic neurosurgery. The program is designed to foster the application of basic science research to the development of clinical neurosurgical treatments. Areas of ongoing research in the Branch include studies relating to primary brain tumors, pituitary tumors, syringomyelia, drug delivery to the central nervous system (CNS), development of surgical technology/techniques, and functional neurosurgery (including epilepsy surgery, Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and psychiatric disorders).

Program Structure
The Surgical Neurology Branch offers a one or two-year research fellowship. The principal goal of the fellowship is to develop expertise for identifying basic scientific questions that underlie clinical problems and for formulating and testing hypotheses that address these questions. The Branch's resources are uniquely suited to advancing research from the laboratory to the clinic. Fellows are active participants in both the laboratory and clinical phases of research projects. The Surgical Neurology Branch laboratories and clinical facilities are located in the basic science facilities and Clinical Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Application Information
Apply to this program through the NIH Graduate Medical Education Application System. Fellowships are available for ABNS Board certified/eligible neurosurgeons and for residents currently training in ABNS accredited programs. Several junior staff and resident (PGY 2-7) level positions are available each year. The fellowship program accepts applications and interviews qualified applicants throughout the year.

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This page last updated on 11/07/2022

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