Clinical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

Clinical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

The Neuro-Oncology Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides multidisciplinary care for over 400 children with central nervous system tumors and has a broad national and international referral base for novel experimental therapies for children with high-risk CNS tumors. Over 150 new patients with newly-diagnosed or recurrent brain tumors are seen annually. The fellowship provides a broad-range, multidisciplinary experience in the management of children, adolescents and young adults with primary central nervous system tumors. Fellows will gain valuable training and experience for a career in caring for children with CNS tumors.

The clinical fellowship position is available beginning July , but other accommodations may be possible for qualified individuals. The fellowship extends over 12 months, providing exposure to several disciplines.

Located in Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is America's second largest pediatric hospital with more than 1.4 million patient visits each year. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is ranked in the top ten nationally in research funding for free-standing children’s hospitals. The Division of Hematology, Oncology and BMT has consistently been ranked by US News and World Report.

What You Need to Know


A key component of training is in-depth involvement in the development and conduct of early phase clinical trials facilitated by neuro-oncology faculty with significant expertise in translational research and clinical trials. The program is a member of major pediatric clinical trial consortia (COG, PEP-CTN, PBTC, CONNECT, PNOC) and our team members contribute significantly to the academic missions of these consortia. Fellows will be exposed to cutting-edge basic and translational research including through the The Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine, one of the first ventures into pediatric personalized genomic medicine that combines research and clinical capabilities that advance state-of-the-art pediatric molecular diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutics.

The Neuro-Oncology fellow will also be able to learn from the multiple national and international requests for consultations and second opinions on patients with high-risk CNS tumors. Fellows will be mentored by accomplished neuro-oncology faculty (Drs. Fouladi, Lazow, and Salloum) with expertise in developmental therapeutics, genomics, survivorship and global health. The Neuro-Oncology multidisciplinary program includes five pediatric neurosurgeons, six pediatric neuro-radiologists, three neuropathologists and one radiation oncologist (with soon-to-open proton/FLASH facility).


The curriculum will be flexible in order to accommodate the unique learning needs of each fellow:

  • Consultations for newly-diagnosed or relapsed patients
  • Weekly multidisciplinary neuro-oncology tumor board
  • Rotations through the Institute for Genomic Medicine, neurology, palliative care, neuropathology, radiation oncology, neuroradiology, physical and rehabilitation medicine  
  • Regular neuro-oncology outpatient clinics, and weekly comprehensive clinics that provide multidisciplinary care with neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, neurology, physical and rehabilitation medicine, endocrinology, psychology, social work, palliative care and school intervention
  • Protected research time
    • Within the limitations of a one-year clinical fellowship, fellows will be expected to be involved in the conception of an early phase clinical trial and conduct a clinical research project for presentation at a national meeting



Eligible applicants must be:

  • Board-certified or eligible in pediatrics
  • Board-certified or eligible in either Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT or Child Neurology in the US or Canada upon matriculation
  • Eligible to obtain a state of Ohio medical licensure

Application and Selection

Applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year.

Required Materials:

  • Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Wallet size color photograph
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores

Program Evaluation

Trainees will be evaluated via utilization of the Med Hub System quarterly. Trainees will meet formally with the program directors and another faculty advisor/research mentor to discuss progress and the overall success of the program in serving their needs on a quarterly basis.

Trainees will also evaluate the program experiences and faculty biannually. Semi-annually, program directors will review anonymous feedback data.

After successful completion of the program, the Neuro-Oncology fellow will receive a certificate of completion.

Contact Information

Ralph Salloum, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Phone: (614) 355-1848
Fax: (614) 722-3369

Amber Crabtree
Program Coordinator
Phone: (614) 722-3553
Fax: (614) 355-7315

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