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 one-year fellowship training with an optional second year, beginning in July of each year. The first-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. Download Our Neurosurgery Fellowship Presentation ›

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What You Need to Know

System Wide Collaboration

Collaborative and Leading-Edge Specialty Programs

Brain and Spine Tumors

As an internationally recognized program for neurosurgical management of malignant and nonmalignant brain tumors, Nationwide Children’s is uniquely poised to offer the most advanced care for pediatric central nervous system tumors. Our approach begins with a true emphasis on quality of life, reduced side effects and better outcomes.


Children with abnormal fusion of growth plates in the skull require special care. Our pediatric neurosurgeons are trained in treating children with craniosynostosis, using the most advanced surgical techniques and equipment available. Whenever possible, we conduct minimally invasive surgeries requiring only small incisions. Whether performing traditional surgery or a minimally invasive procedure, our goal is to correct the shape of a child’s head and allow normal brain growth, all to deliver the best outcome for every child.


We are leading the way in the growing field of epilepsy surgery with innovative, patient-centered care and collaborative research. Our first-class electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring equipment, as well as advanced imaging techniques, such as SISCOM studies, PET scans and functional MRI, help identify the origin of seizures – and provide greater precision during treatment. Recently adopted technologies of stereotactic laser ablation and stereotactic EEG provide minimally invasive options, representing an important paradigm shift in the field of epilepsy surgery. Through the Epilepsy Research Program, neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro-radiologists, rehabilitation specialists, and cognitive neuropsychologists collaborate in a team setting. Research interests include infants with medically intractable epilepsy, stereotactic laser ablation, intracranial EEG, quality of life measures, and clinical outcomes following surgery. Collaboration on multiple projects has led to published manuscripts, abstract presentations at national conferences, and invited didactic presentations at national meetings.


Patients from around the country visit Nationwide Children’s for the expert care provided by our specially trained neurosurgeons. We offer surgical procedures that include selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) and placement of baclofen pumps. Evaluations are performed in a multidisciplinary surgical spasticity clinic, further demonstrating our commitment to the complex needs of each individual patient. Our SDR program is one of the fastest growing of its kind in the nation.


Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury are active clinical and research areas for the Neurosurgery team. As part of the Nationwide Children’s Level-1 Trauma Program, our neurosurgeons provide round-the-clock coverage for the Emergency Department, enabling us to quickly determine interventions that are most likely to achieve best outcomes for patients with traumatic injuries. Neurosurgery is involved in care for more than 300 traumatic injuries per year.

Peripheral Nerve

In conjunction with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, our neurosurgeons specialize in diagnoses involving the brachial plexus and peripheral nerves. Our expertise includes explorations and repair, neurolysis, decompression, neurotization (nerve transfers) and surgical management of peripheral nerve lesions.

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 and 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 and Interview Process

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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 Katelyn Peacock 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 August through November, with the match being completed in December.

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

Contact Information

Please contact us for more information. If you would like us to send you an electronic presentation with complete details about Neurosurgery, be sure to request it in your email.

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

Katelyn Peacock
Program Coordinator
(614) 722-2015

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