Director's Welcome

The Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is a one-year clinical fellowship designed to give graduates of neurosurgical training programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or international equivalent advanced experience in the diagnosis and management of the full spectrum of adult intra-axial brain tumors. Applicants should have a strong interest in becoming a leader in academic neurosurgical oncology working to improve outcomes for patients with these challenging tumors.

The neurosurgical practice at Mayo Clinic Rochester is one of the largest in the country — approximately 5,000 cases a year. Of these, approximately 1,200 are adult brain tumor procedures. This high clinical volume allows fellows to get extensive experience with both simple and complex neurosurgical oncology cases, intra-operative MRI, awake craniotomy and electrophysiological mapping, and radiosurgery, as well as experience in outpatient management of these patients.

The year will be spent working closely with me and my colleagues, Dr. Terence C. Burns and Dr. Bruce E. Pollock. We have a multidisciplinary approach to neurosurgical oncology and work very closely with colleagues in neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, skull base surgery, interventional and diagnostic radiology, and neuropathology.

We expect that fellows will become experts in neurosurgical oncology decision-making and procedural skills over the continuum of simple to complex cases. Similarly, we want to learn from fellows the insights they have gained over the course of the neurosurgical training to date. Together, we think this will be a full and rewarding year with superb clinical experience and academic opportunities.

Ian F. Parney, M.D., Ph.D.
Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship Director