Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Neurological Surgery

Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship


The Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship program of Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center is accredited by the American Council for Pediatric Neurological Surgery. It is a one-year program based at the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children's Memorial Hospital). One fellowship position is offered per year.

The 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.


The Pediatric Neurosurgery fellow will be participate in a robust didactic program to include weekly Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Brain Tumor Board, Epilepsy Conference, Clinical Management and Case Management Conferences, monthly Morbidity/Mortality conferences and Trauma conference, and daily Neuroradiology Conference. Fellows will be given increasing responsibility for conduct and content of didactic and interactive Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery conferences. During these conferences, a discussion of the scope of surgical and medical management of pediatric neurosurgical conditions will be held. The program will provide approximately 75 to 100 hours of didactic and interactive conference time each year in addition to standard Morbidity/Mortality and Journal Club conferences


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

Clinical Experience

The Pediatric Neurosurgery fellow will staff ambulatory clinics independently with attending physician oversight and assume responsibility for the management of hospitalized patients and consultations from other services. Fellows will provide backup for the resident on call to include oversight for consultations, emergencies, phone inquiries and transfers. Call responsibilities consist of two weekends per month and two weeknights per week. Communications, consultations and coordination of care will occur under the supervision of the attending pediatric neurosurgery.

The fellow will be provided experience in direct and progressive responsibility in the management of patients as they advance through the educational program. The fellow will serve as a consultant under the supervision of the attending physicians.

Requirements & Eligibility

Applicants for the Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in neurological surgery or equivalent training, be board-eligible for American Board of Neurological Surgery certification and meet the State of Illinois requirements for medical licensure. Non-US citizens would need to obtain a valid Visa and authorization to work in United States.

Application Process

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

Completed application
Curriculum vitae
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.