Sponsor Programs for International Visiting Surgeons
Below is an alphabetical listing of programs which will consider accepting international visiting surgeons for educational/observational experiences. Not all programs choose to be listed, and applicants are not restricted to this list.
All arrangements must be made directly with the host institution, which determines the length, structure and content of their programs.
If you would like your program added to this listing, please contact AANS Member Services by email at email@example.com.
Alan S. Boulos, MD
Albany Medical Center
Neurosurgery (MC 10); Albany Medical College
47 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
The Albany Medical Center Neurosciences Institute accepts international visiting neurosurgeons each year. Typically, visiting neurosurgeons have stayed from 3-12 months. There is no internal funding available, but we encourage the applicant to apply for international fellowship stipends awarded by the AANS with one of our faculty serving as a mentor. The visiting international neurosurgeon will experience a robust clinical and basic science research environment. Previously, the international visiting neurosurgeons have been clinical observers in the subspecialty areas of spine, cerebrovascular, neuroendovascular and skull base neurosurgery. In addition to clinical observation, basic science research in the areas of cerebrovascular, neuroendovascular and tumor biology is available to the visiting neurosurgeon. Animal facilities and a 3 Tesla Research MRI Center with functional MRI capabilities are available. Clinical rsearch in neuroendovascular surgery and neurointensive care medicine in addition to anatomical dissections in our skull base microsurgery laboratory are encouraged.
Wale A.R. Sulaiman, MD, PhD, FRCS
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Medical Director, Spine Center
Ochsner Health System
Assoc. Professor of Neurosurgery (Tulane School of Medicine)
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Tulane University and the Ochsner Department of Neurosurgery have a joint residency training program called the Tulane-Ochsner Residency program. Visiting surgeons will spend most of their time on the Ochsner campus and may spend some time at the University teaching hospital located in downtown New Orleans.
The Department of Neurosurgery at Ochsner located in New Orleans can accept up to four international visiting neurosurgeons each year. Visiting neurosurgeons may stay from 3-6 months. There is limited internal funding available, but we encourage the applicant to apply for international fellowship stipends awarded by the AANS or any other funding opportunities with one of our faculty serving as a mentor. The visiting international neurosurgeons will participate as clinical fellows in the subspecialty areas of i) spine (including minimally invasive and complex spine), ii) cerebrovascular and neuroendovascular, iii) nerve surgery iv) functional and epilepsy surgery as well as iv) skull base neurosurgery. In addition to clinical duties, there are opportunities for the fellows to partake in basic science research in the areas of nerve injuries, spine and spinal cord injury, brain tumor biology and in on-going clinical research projects. Scientific publication thereof is encouraged. In addition, the visiting neurosurgeon will be able to participate in weekly conferences, grand rounds and spine symposiums. Fellows are also provided opportunities to attend surgical skills workshops and symposia during their time with our department.
Allan H. Friedman, MD
The Guy L. Odom Professor of Neurological Surgery
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief - Program Director
Duke University Medical Center/ Division of Neurosurgery/Department of Surgery
Durham, NC 27702-3807
Visiting surgeons must obtain their own funding. Duke University provides no financial support. Visiting surgeons may observe clinical activities and surgeries, attend educational forums, and participate in laboratory work.
Andre Olivier, MD, PhD, DABNS
Montreal Neurological Hospital - McGill University
3801 University Street #109
Montreal, Quebec, CANADA H3A 2B4
Internal funding available.
Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD
New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Medical College of Cornell University
520 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
No internal funding available.
Jeffrey Bruce, MD
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University
Neurological Institute - Room 434
710 W. 168th St.
New York, NY 10032
Specialties include tumor, spine, skull base, vascular, endovascular and pediatrics.
Jonas M. Sheehan, MD
Penn State University Hershey Medical Center
Department of Neurosurgery
30 Hope Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Subspecialties available include neuro-oncology, cranial base surgery, radiosurgery, cerebrovascular/endovascular, spine, peripheral nerve, trauma, epilepsy, pediatrics, functional/stereotactic and neuro-critical care. Opportunities exist in each subspecialty for clinical, translational and basic research, participation in multidisciplinary conferences and programs and clinical observation. The duration of the visit may be determined by the visitor in conjunction with the host department.
Michael L. Levy, MD, PhD
Professor and Division Head Pediatric Neurosurgery
8010 Frost Street, Suite 502
San Diego, CA 92123
The fellowship period is variable and based upon the learning objectives developed for the fellow. Fellows will observe surgery, be involved in rounds and clinical work and attend conferences. Unless the fellow has a California Medical License, they cannot have direct involvement in patient care. There is no internal funding available. The fellow will be exposed to all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery with an emphasis on tumors, hydrocephalus, congenital abnormalities, vascular disease and craniofacial malformations. Approximately 800 surgical cases are done by two full-time pediatric neurosurgeons. Exposure to pediatric peripheral nerve disease and pediatric interventional procedures is also available. Basic science interests can be addressed by laboratories at UCSD or the Burnham Institute.
Saleem I. Abdulrauf, MD, FAANS, FACS
Department of Neurological Surgery
3635 Vista Avenue, 5th Floor FDT
St. Louis, MO 63110
Alternate website: http://www.slu.edu/neurosurgery-home. No internal funding available. Specialties include: aneurysm clipping, BrainPath surgery, deep brain stimulation (DBS), magnetoencephalography, pediatric neurosurgery, stereotactic surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, image-guided surgery, brain bypass surgery and skull base surgery.
Gary K. Steinberg, MD, PhD
300 Pasteur Drive, R281
Stanford, CA 94305-5327
No internal funding available. Neurosurgical sub-specialties available: cerebrovascular, complex spine, brain tumor, skull base, pediatric, radiosurgery, epilepsy, pain and peripheral nerve.
Julian Wu, MD
Tufts Medical Center - Boston Institute of Neurosurgery
800 West Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
Visiting neurosurgeons will need to obtain their own funding. International visiting neurosurgeons can participate in basic science research or clinical activities. Clinical areas available include cerebrovascular/endovascular, skull base surgery, endoscopic surgery, neuro-oncology, radiosurgery and complex spine.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 West Markham, #507
Little Rock, AR 72205
The fellowship period varies according to the goals and the subject of interest of the fellow. The position allows the fellow to observe surgery, attend conferences, be involved in clinical, anatomical and basic lab research; however, it does not allow participation in patient care unless the fellow is licensed by the Arkansas State Medical Board. A variety of areas of expertise include skull base surgery, microneurosurgery, cerebrovascular, spine and pediatric neurosurgery.
David M Frim, MD
Section of Neurosurgery, MC3026
University of Chicago Medical Center
5841 South Maryland Avenue MC4066
Chicago, IL 60637-1463
No internal funding available. Can accept physicians for up to two years at any time of the year. Subspecialty interests can include: cerebrovascular, spine, pediatric and epilepsy neurosurgery.
University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Neurosurgery/Neuropsychiatric Institute
University of Illinois at Chicago
912 S. Wood Street (MC 799)
Chicago, IL 60612
Visiting neurosurgeons will need to obtain their own funding. They will have the opportunity to observe neurosurgical cases in the OR, participate in ICU and resident rounds and attend conferences. However, they will not have access to hands-on patient care or direct involvement in surgery unless they are licensed by the Illinois State Medical Board.
Residency & Education Sr. Program Mgr.
University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine
Lois Pope Life Center-2nd Floor
1095 NW 14th Terrace (D4-6)
Miami, FL 33136
Department of Neurological Surgery
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Neurological Surgery
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
If accepted as an AANS international fellow, your training will consist of observing in the OR, reviewing cases, attending departmental conferences, research/publications, but will not include any clinical services involving direct patient care. The Department of Neurological Surgery has a long commitment to the training of international observers in a wide variety of fields. Please understand that there are no financial resources available through our institution to support the training of foreign medical graduates for sub-specialty training in neurosurgery.
Robert J. Dempsey, MD
Department of Neurological Surgery
University of Wisconsin/UW Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792
Some matching funding is occasionally available. Outside funding is required. Research fellowships in cerebrovascular, trauma, brain tumor and neuro-regeneration are available in one year intervals. Each includes extensive experience in basic and translational research, observation in the clinical program and participation in department teaching conferences.
Charles C. Duncan, MD
Professor and Residency Program Director
Department of Neurosurgery, Tompkins 419
Yale University/Yale New Haven Medical Center
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06520
No internal funding available. Subspecialties include: general neurosurgery, intensive care, epilepsy, neurovascular, neuro-oncology, functional, Gamma Knife, spine and pediatrics. Availability is strictly through arrangement with the Yale Neurosurgery Faculty.