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    Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

    Program Structure

    First Year

    The focus of the first year is primarily clinical, and includes:

    • inpatient and outpatient consultations
    • Ommaya reservoir injections
    • oral and intravenous chemotherapy administration
    • administration of clinical trials

    Fellows will also begin neuro-oncology research program planning. Attendance at national meetings including the Society of Neuro-Oncology, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Association for Cancer Research is guaranteed.

    Second Year

    The focus of the second year is primarily research, clinical and/or laboratory work, continued limited outpatient practice, and exposure to clinical trials. Fellows will have access to a fully functional NIH-supported neuro-oncology laboratory with studies in molecular biology, drug resistance, tumor invasion, and the current combined clinical laboratory investigations in anaplastic and lowgrade oligodendrogliomas, oligoastrocytomas, and glioblastoma multiforme.


    Fellows will attend many conferences including the weekly Tumor Board (average 20-30 cases), gamma knife (average 15-20 cases) and monthly skull-base. Regular conferences include Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, brain cutting, neurology and neuro-surgery case reviews. Research conferences are held on a weekly basis.

    Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center

    The Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center (BBTRC) was founded in 2010 in an effort to integrate the neurosurgical and neuroscience expertise at Barrow with the scientific assets of medical professionals in the State of Arizona. The BBTRC remains dedicated towards its goal to offer an experimental therapy option to every patient diagnosed with a brain tumor. In the years to come, we anticipate further expansion of research efforts and clinical trials.

    Barrow sees an average 150 new gliomas per year, is a major participant in RTOG studies and pharmaceutical studies, has full neurosurgery, neuropathology, and radiation oncology support. We also have Cyberknife and Gamma Knife machines on campus, and a neuroradiology unit with seven MRI units including a 3-Tesla MRI.

    The University Of Arizona Cancer Center

    The University of Arizona Cancer Center has partnered with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center to break ground on a 220,000 square foot facility which has an anticipated opening date in 2015. This treatment center is just one of 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health. It is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona and serving the entire state through a network of affiliated healthcare organizations and community physicians.

    Learn More about the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program

    To learn more about training at one of the busiest brain tumor centers in the country, [email protected]

    Lynn Ashby, MD
    Director, Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program
    Vice Chairman of Neurology
    Barrow Neurological Institute
    St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
    Phoenix, Arizona
    [email protected]

    About Barrow

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premiere destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.