International Activities
AANS International Visiting Surgeon Fellowship

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is committed to increasing its involvement in international neurosurgery, with particular interest in furthering educational opportunities in developing countries. One meaningful offering is the AANS International Visiting Surgeon Fellowship. The AANS funds two observational fellowships per fiscal year to provide meaningful educational experiences in North America to international neurosurgeons who will practice and/or teach neurosurgery in their home countries. The 2016 AANS International Visiting Surgeon Fellowship Recipients are:

2017 Recipients

Claire Karekezi, MD Lakshmi Prasad Govindaraju, MBBS, MCh, is from Manipal, India. He will be carrying out his fellowship at Rady’s Children’s Hospital at the University of California in San Diego, CA under the guidance of Michael Lee Levy, MD, PhD, FAANS. Dr. Govindaraju is currently working as an associate professor at the Kasturba Medical College of Manipal University in India where his primary interest is pediatric surgery. While at the University of California, he looks forward to gaining experience in this subspecialty so that he can serve the large population of children in his region for which there are no neurosurgeons focused exclusively on pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Govindaraju hopes that his work at the University of California will be the start of a relationship between this strong institution and his home institution.

Jude-Kennedy Chinedu Emejulu, MD Gyang Markus Bot, BM, BCh , is from Jos, Nigeria. He will be carrying out his fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco under the guidance of Michael T. Lawton, MD, FAANS. Dr. Bot is currently a consulting neurosurgeon at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), one of a few training centers in Nigeria accredited by the West African College of Surgeons, and he oversees four neurosurgeons in training. While at UCSF, he will work in Dr. Lawton’s cerebrovascular/skull base laboratory, do anatomical/cadaveric research, and participate in the clinical teaching programs. Dr. Bot is not only looking forward to furthering his skills, but also working on raising support for a neurosurgical cadaver laboratory in his home country in order to improve the quality of care his team can offer their patients.

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AANS Financial Support

If approved the AANS fellowship will provide each of the two recipients:

  1. $2,000/month stipend for up to 3 months ($6,000 maximum)
  2. Reimbursement for one round trip coach airfare to fellowship location
  3. Travel reimbursement for U.S. domestic travel and free registration for the 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, April 22-26, 2017, in Los Angeles, if recipient is participating in the fellowship in North America at the time of the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

This includes:

  • Round trip air fare/travel from their fellowship location
  • Free hotel room
  • A spending stipend for the meeting
  • General registration fee for the meeting


The applicant must be a neurosurgeon or neurosurgeon-in-training in a developing country as defined by the World Bank. He/she should be on staff at a local hospital (and preferably medical school) involved in neurosurgical patient care and neurosurgical education.

Further Details

Applications for the 2017 International Visiting Surgeon Fellowship are closed. Recipients will be notified by October 2016. The recipient must begin his or her visit by April 22, 2017.

The call for applications for the 2018 International Visiting Surgeon Fellowship will be announced in April 2017.

To contact the AANS about this fellowship:


Phone: 1.847.378.0500

Fax: 1.847.378.0600


Attn: AANS International Visiting Surgeon Fellowship

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

5550 Meadowbrook Drive

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-3852, U.S.A.

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