Director's Welcome

Michael J. Link, M.D.

The Neurological Skull Base 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) advanced experience in the diagnosis and management of complex skull base pathologies.

As an applicant, you should have a strong interest in pursuing an academic career to improve the science and care of patients with skull base disorders.

The year will be spent working closely with my colleague, Dr. Jamie J. Van Gompel, and myself. Additionally, we work very closely with specialists in the areas of otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, neuro-oncology, and interventional and diagnostic radiology, to name a few. We have a high volume of open and endoscopic surgical cases and see a great deal of complicated clinical problems in the outpatient setting.

Our goal is to increase your confidence in the operating room when dealing with challenging pathologies and complex decision-making situations. In turn, we hope to learn from you any techniques and approaches that you have mastered during your neurosurgical training.

Collaboratively, we hope this will result in excellent patient care, high-quality additions to the medical literature, and a fun and exciting year.

Michael J. Link, M.D.
Neurosurgical Skull Base Oncology Fellowship Director