Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Neurological Surgery

International Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship


The International Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship training program at Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center is acknowledged by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the Residency Review Committee. It is a one to two year program based at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children's Memorial Hospital). One fellowship position is offered per year.

The international pediatric neurosurgery fellowship will provide the fellow with an organized comprehensive supervised full time educational experience in the care of pediatric neurosurgical cases, including the comprehensive management of patients with life threatening neurological illness, the performance of surgical procedures, and the integration of surgical therapies into the clinical management of pediatric patients.

Upon completion of the international fellowship, the fellow will:


The duration of the international pediatric neurological surgery training program is one to two years dependent upon the needed additional subspecialty training, including neuro-oncology, epilepsy surgery, neuro-endoscopy, pediatric spine and neuro-critical care, with the goal of providing adequate educational and clinical material to insure optimal training of a pediatric neurosurgery, which will include training in outpatient, emergent and surgical care of children with disease of the central nervous system.

The fellow will attend bimonthly Morbidity/Mortality Conference through the Department of Surgery at Grand Rounds and at the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, regular attendance at all Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery Conferences, and participation in t he Department of Surgery Grand Rounds held each Monday morning. The program will provide approximately 75-100 hours of didactic and interactive conference time each year.

The fellow will be given increasing responsibility for the conduct and content of didactic and interactive Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery conferences. During these conferences, discussion of the scope of surgical and medical management of pediatric neurosurgical conditions will be held.


Fellows are expected to participate in research any may elect to become involved in ongoing clinical trials or basic science research.

Clinical Experience

The International Pediatric Neurosurgery fellow will participate in ambulatory clinics supervised by the attending physician. Fellows will participate in in-house call, taking call every three or four days in compliance with ACGME guidelines. Communications, consultations and coordination of care will occur under the supervision of the attending pediatric neurosurgeon.

The fellow will be provided experience in direct and progressive responsibility in the management of patients as they advance through the educational program.

Requirements & Eligibility

Applicants for the International Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship must have completed a neurological surgery residency or senior level of residency in their respective home country, have a valid ECFMG certificate and meet the State of Illinois requirements for medical licensure. Non-US citizens would need to obtain a valid Visa with authorization to work in United States.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for this fellowship program, please send:

Completed application
Curriculum vitae
Copy of ECFMG Certificate
Personal statement, and two letters of recommendation

Addressed to:

Tadanori Tomita, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
225 E. Chicago Avenue, Box 28, Neurosurgery
Chicago, IL 60611

Tananori Tomita

Tadanori Tomita, MD 

Fellowship Faculty

Arthur J. DiPatri, MD
Robin M. Bowman, MD
Tord D. Alden, MD
David G. McLone, MD

Contact Us

Contact Fellowship Coordinator Melissa Krenz for more information about the International Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship.

Melissa Krenz

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.