Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship

Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship

Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a one-year Neurosurgery Fellowship for physicians pursuing training with a Pediatrics focus. The ACPNF-accredited program also offers an optional second year training to fellows interested in additional clinical and research experience. Our goal is to provide surgical, clinical and didactic experiences that prepare each fellow to be a board-certified Pediatric Neurosurgeon comfortable with all aspects of Neurosurgery. Program faculty members are board eligible/certified by The American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

The Pediatric Neurosurgery program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a 1-year fellowship training with an optional 2nd year, beginning in July of each year. The 1st year fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships and is ideal for candidates looking for a diverse, well-rounded training, who want to pursue a career in Pediatric Neurosurgery. Fellows will lead a team of residents and nurse practitioners while learning innovative Neurosurgical interventions as well as gain comprehensive research experience.

The Pediatric Neurosurgery program performs approximately 850 surgeries a year and sees some of the most complex, critically ill patients, allowing Fellows to receive an even more specialized training in endovascular, epilepsy, deep brain stimulation and spasticity operations.

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What You Need to Know

Clinical Experience

  • Participation in outpatient clinic for evaluation of new patients and follow-ups
  • Scrub in to 250+ operative cases a year, treating brain tumors, epilepsy, traumas, craniosynostosis, Chiari malformation, spinal dysraphism, and vascular and spasticity conditions.
  • Patient consultations in our Level-1 trauma center

Academic and Didactic Experience

  • Protected research time with the opportunity to lead and assist in publications
  • Complete an NCH required Quality Improvement project
  • Morning rounds: 7 a.m. every week day
  • Epilepsy conference: 3 p.m. on Mondays
  • Neuropathology conference: 5 p.m. on Tuesdays
  • Resident lectures, Trauma Grand Rounds, Neuroradiology conference: on Wednesdays
  • Ohio State University Neurosurgery Grand Rounds: on Thursdays
  • Multi-disciplinary Neuro-Oncology conference: 7:30 a.m. on Fridays
  • Opportunity to attend an expenses-paid national meeting during fellowship period for the presentation of a paper that emanates from our department
  • A Master of Arts in Educational Studies, Biomedical Education at The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology is also available

Salary & Benefits

Our fellows are hospital employees, and as such, they are eligible for the same benefits other full-time staff receive (with the exception of paid time off, which is outlined.)

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Application & Interview Process

How many fellows do you take per year? 1

What criteria must you meet to apply? Prospective applicants should have completed neurosurgery residency at an ACGME accredited program. A personal visit to our department and an interview are required. Interested applicants should apply by sending their curriculum vitae, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, a wallet sized color photograph, and USMLE or COMLEX scores to: Adrienne Sheline at

Application process? Applications will be accepted through the San Francisco Matching Program beginning in June. All applications are reviewed, and if your application meets our selection criteria, you will receive an email inviting you to contact us to schedule your interview. Interviews will occur Aug-November, with the match being completed in December.

Please contact us if you have questions regarding your application status.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Jeffrey Leonard, MD
Program Director
(614) 722-2014

Adrienne Sheline, MPH
Program Coordinator
(614) 722-8786