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    Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

    The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS)-accredited Fellowship Program in Neuro-Oncology at Barrow Neurological Institute offers a 1- to 2-year arrangement of clinical and research training for those who have completed an adult or a pediatric neurology residency. The program’s goal is for trainees to develop expertise in:

    • Diagnosing and treating primary central nervous system tumors
    • Diagnosing and treating metastatic and nonmetastatic neurological complications of systemic cancer, including pain
    • Learning techniques in basic and/or clinical research

    The first year includes clinical training in primary central nervous system (CNS) neoplasms, metastatic CNS disease, paraneoplastic neurological disorders, and neurological complications of cancer, including pain. Trainees will gain both inpatient and outpatient experience. Fellows are expected to be closely involved with investigator-initiated and Brain Tumor Trial Collaborative (BTTC) consortium clinical trials involving cutting-edge therapy for brain tumors.

    The second year of the fellowship will include a research project. This project is usually clinical, however, laboratory experience in nanotechnology, drug delivery, glioma stem cells, immunotherapy, precision medicine, and tumor metabolism or ketogenic diet is available.


    • The fellow must possess a current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or Canada or its territories.
    • The fellow must be board certified or eligible for certification in a primary ABMS or RCPSC specialty (as specified by the subspecialty).
    • The fellow must have completed USMLE steps 1, 2, and 3.

    Foreign medical graduates with equivalent qualifications are also eligible to apply. They must have completed all three of the USMLE examinations as well as a CSA exam and hold a valid ECFMG certificate. Our fellowship is not ACGME accredited.

    We will consider applicants who have completed training in medical oncology or other specialties.

    We are now accepting applications for academic years 2017-2019. A maximum of one fellow will be accepted per academic year.

    How to Apply

    • Completed Barrow Neurological Institute application
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Personal statement or letter of interest
    • Copy of medical school diploma
    • Medical school transcript
    • Three letters of recommendation. Letters must be sent directly from letter writers (waived rights).
    • Letter of good standing from current/past residency program director
    • Certificate of completion from any preliminary training (i.e. PGY-1 internship) – Not needed if PGY-1 was categorical
    • USMLE/COMLEX scores (Step 1, Step 2 CS, Step 2 CK, Step 3)
    • ECFMG certificate (if applicable) – Foreign applicants must have ECFMG certification. We only accept J1 Visa; we do not sponsor.

    Learn More About the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program

    Program Director

    Christopher Dardis, MD
    Assistant-Professor of Neurology
    Clinical Assistant-Professor of Neurology, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix
    Affiliate Faculty Assistant-Professor of Neurology Creighton University School of Medicine

    Program Coordinator

    Lisa Clark-Imperial, C-TAGME
    Fellowship Program Coordinator
    [email protected]

    About Barrow

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier 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.