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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Neurological Surgery
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Pediatric Neurosurgery

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. One fellowship position is offered per year.

The pediatric neurosurgery fellowship will provide the fellow with an organized, comprehensive and 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 fellow will participate in a robust didactic program, including 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 a 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, attendees will discuss the scope of surgical and medical management of pediatric neurosurgical conditions. 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. They may elect to become involved in ongoing clinical trials or basic science research.

 Clinical Experience

Fellows 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, including 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 gain direct experience in managing patients, with responsibility progressing throughout the program. The fellow will serve as a consultant under the supervision of the attending physicians.

 Requirements & Eligibility

Applicants 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-U.S. citizens would need to obtain a valid Visa and authorization to work in the United States.

Application Process

The following materials are required:

  • Completed application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

Send them to:

Arthur J. DiPatri, Jr., MD
Fellowship Program Director Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
225 E. Chicago Ave., Box 28, Neurosurgery
Chicago, IL 60611

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