Franke Global Neurosurgery Fellowship

About the Franke Global Neurosurgery Fellowship

The Franke Global Neurosurgery Fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute is an in-depth one-year fellowship program with ongoing research, development, and publications that will be a fundamental part of the training program.

This is a collaborative opportunity that will include training in global health management, enhancement of any clinical skills (under the direction of Barrow’s world-renowned faculty), and mentoring residents and students in global health neurosurgery research. Cultural, language, and educational training in how to teach in the developing world will be provided prior to and during deployment overseas.

Program Description

Qualified applicants for the Franke Global Neurosurgery Fellowship will have graduated from an ACGME-accredited neurosurgery residency program. The Franke fellows will spend up to nine months in Northern Tanzania, where the Barrow Global faculty will be engaged in developing a neurosurgical center of excellence for training and clinical care in partnership with regional neurosurgeons. Three months of the year will be spent at Barrow in Phoenix, Arizona, obtaining training in global health management, enhancement of any clinical skills desired via the Institute’s renowned faculty, and mentoring residents and students in global health neurosurgery research.

This position includes salary, benefits, and all travel and housing costs. The ideal fellow is passionate about global health care and is wishing to pursue a career as a leader in neurosurgery. This program is designed to provide a firm academic and experiential foundation for this endeavor. This program prepares the successful candidate for a leadership career in global neurosurgery.


The mission of this program is to position Barrow as the world leader in neurosurgery by having a comprehensive impact worldwide. We aim to achieve this through taking on a responsibility to help elevate patient care to underserved populations.

Our goal is to train physicians how to responsibly and sustainably participate in global health and human rights work. The curriculum therefore uniquely includes modules on major global health theories, such as the unintended consequences of purposive social action, human rights and social justice, global health management, and global neurosurgery.

Clinical Experience

Fellows will be credentialed and licensed in Arizona and in Tanzania. In Phoenix, fellows will practice as attending neurosurgeons. Fellows will act as clinical advisors and reviewers for overseas neurosurgeons, who will submit cases for review for the annual Barrow Neuro Week.

Clinical experiences abroad will occur in Northern Tanzania, at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. Situated at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Moshi, this university teaching hospital serves a catchment area of 13 million and is the Zonal Hospital for Northern Tanzania. Fellows will serve here as clinical educators and active neurosurgeons in the operative care of patients. This program is distinguished by modules specifically designed to train physicians about the socioeconomic factors that impact health and in learning how to train in the developing world.

Time and financial support will be given for neurosurgery and global health conferences.