Fellowships

The UAB Department of Neurosurgery offers the following fellowships for advanced neurosurgical training. All fellowships are carefully coordinated with the Residency Training Program, in order to ensure a mutually beneficial learning experience.


Stereotactic & Functional Fellowship

A one-year, Society of Neurological Surgeons' Committee on Accreditation of Subspecialty Training (CAST) accredited Stereotactic and Functional Fellowship is offered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. It closely adheres to the Society of Neurological Surgeons' Curriculum for Subspecialty/Fellowship Training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. The University of Alabama at Birmingham hosts a renowned multidisciplinary Center for Movement Disorders, which is one of nine nationally designated advanced research centers, according to the American Parkinson's Disease Association. The group consists of both neurosurgeons and neurologists whose senior faculty members have more than 150 publications in the area of movement disorders.

Fellowship activities are primarily located at UAB, under the direction of Barton L. Guthrie, MD. Clinical components include: comprehensive participation in the adult deep brain stimulation (DBS) service; participation in the development of the pediatric DBS program at Children's of Alabama and the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center; comprehensive participation on the radiosurgery service (Gamma Knife and Linac modalities), and a neurosurgery instructorship, with staff privileges to take emergency call, maintain a clinical service, and run a weekly general neurosurgery clinic.


Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship

A one year fellowship is offered at Children's of Alabama, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships and fulfills the requirements to sit for the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery Board (ABPNS) examination. Approximately one thousand pediatric neurosurgical cases are done each year within the program that span the broad spectrum of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Multidisciplinary clinics and programs are offered in spina bifida, spasticity, ante-natal clinic, Craniofacial Clinic and the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program. Five ABPNS certified or eligible neurosurgeons form the faculty, as directed by W. Jerry Oakes, MD.

UAB and Children's of Alabama have a proud tradition of training leaders in Pediatric Neurosurgery. Twelve fellows have been trained and have joined the ranks of distinguished pediatric neurosurgery programs in both private and academic communities including St. Louis Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin Children's Hospital, Calgary Children's Hospital and Eggleston/Scottish Rite Hospital for Children of Emory University.

For further information about pediatric fellowships, contact Amy Finch at Children's of Alabama at (205) 638-6914. Applications can be obtained through the San Francisco match program.


Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship

A one year fellowship is offered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, under the direction of Mark R. Harrigan, MD. Fellows are involved in all aspects of endovascualar neurosurgery, including diagnostic angiograms, coiling/embolization and stenting procedures. Previous fellows have transitioned their endovascular training into residency.

For further information, contact Martee Posey at (205) 996-2536.