Neurosurgical Oncology fellows in surgery.

Graduate medical education in neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic

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The Department of Neurological Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is one of the busiest and most prestigious neurosurgical programs in the world. Our one-year enfolded or external Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship offers training in all aspects of neurosurgical care for adult patients with primary and secondary intra-axial brain tumors.

The goal of our fellowship is to prepare neurosurgeons to be leaders in academic neurosurgical oncology.


hospital in Minnesota and nationally recognized on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll (U.S. News, 2023-2024)

Specific highlights include:

  • Large case volumes: Mayo Clinic performs more than 1,200 adult brain tumor procedures each year
  • Training in all aspects of surgical management of intra-axial brain tumors including tumors in eloquent cortex, awake craniotomy, electrophysiological mapping, intraventricular tumors, intra-operative MRI, laser-induced thermal therapy, stereotactic biopsy, and Gamma Knife radiosurgery
  • Close mentorship from a core faculty of three expert neurosurgeons
  • Multidisciplinary practice with neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology
  • Productive research environment with extensive clinical research, clinical trials, and translational research
Neurosurgery oncology procedure at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota

Your training experience

As a resident/fellow at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both on and off campus to promote physical and mental wellness and work/life balance.

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More about life as a fellow

Neurosurgery oncology fellowship program director Ian Parney, M.D.

Director's welcome

The year will be spent working closely with me and my colleagues, Terence Burns, M.D., Ph.D., and Bruce Pollock, M.D. We work very closely with a multidisciplinary team to deliver excellent training and exemplary patient care.

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The Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship is accredited by the Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training of The Society of Neurological Surgeons as of November 2018.


After successfully completing the program, you receive a certification of completion in neurosurgical oncology training from the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

Program history

The Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic began in 2018. We anticipate that one trainee will complete this program annually.

Mayo has a long history of neurosurgical education dating back almost 100 years. More than 500 residents and fellows have completed neurosurgical training with the Department of Neurologic Surgery.

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