Department and Faculty

The Department of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is one of the largest and most highly regarded in the United States. Each year, the entire spectrum of neurosurgical conditions and disease is treated essentially at one site, which ensures an unparalleled training experience. The department performs approximately 5,000 neurosurgical procedures each year.

This case load includes more than 1,200 adult brain tumor procedures each year. Many cases are straightforward neurosurgical oncology problems. This allows you to become skilled in the management of typical neurosurgical oncology problems. However, many complex cases also are referred to Mayo Clinic neurologists and neurosurgeons for evaluation and treatment. These difficult cases often require a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care, which broadens your educational opportunities.

Facilities

Fellowship activities are carried out primarily at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, for inpatient activities, and the Gonda Building for outpatient activities. The Department of Neurological Surgery typically has 10 or more first-start operating rooms available daily. Facilities include a high field (3 Tesla) intra-operative MRI and a Perfexion Gamma Knife radiosurgery unit.

Faculty

In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices and carrying out their research programs, Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester is made up of 18 clinical and five research faculty members who are committed to teaching and facilitating the fellow's development as a neurosurgeon. Many of the department faculty have published and lectured extensively and are well-regarded for their specialty and subspecialty expertise.

Core faculty members for the Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship include:

Visiting professors

Many prominent neurosurgeons and other physicians and scientists focused on neuro-oncology visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work at scheduled conferences or morning lectures and participate in hospital rounds. These visits are scheduled to include time for informal interaction between the visitor and residents and fellows.